If you’re finding the first few years in the workplace tough, you’re not alone. Many recent graduates find this period to be the toughest of their career. The environment can be fast-paced and the focus is on looking after patients and/or clients, which can lead to you feeling isolated when you have been used to having other students around to connect with.
The good news is that it will get easier as you gain experience and become confident. In the meantime, make sure you look after your health and wellbeing.
Here are some strategies for managing your graduate year:
- connect with other graduates about your experiences – most people will tell you that they find it tough
- exercise regularly and make sure that you are focusing on your health
- get enough sleep
- keep learning – knowledge can help build confidence
- choose healthy food
- practise mindfulness or mediation and build in relaxation time
- limit alcohol and caffeine, and
- drink plenty of water.