10 things you should expect in your first PR job

Big paychecks, drinks on a Tuesday night, exciting projects, a decent night’s sleep. Yeah, right. Not in the real world.

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Not exactly.

As you navigate the real world, you are likely to experience several challenges you didn’t anticipate. Here are 10 things of them:

1. Fatigue. In college you stayed up late, slept late, and took naps. When you have to be at work at 8 or 9 a.m., your day starts early, and there is no time for a nap. After the commute, work, lunch at your desk, and more work, you will probably be exhausted. This is one of the biggest adjustments from college to career. It takes about a year to grow accustomed to the demands of commuting and working a full day.

2. Stress. You thought final-exam stress was rough? The aggregate stress of work, deadlines, and being in an environment where you have multiple bosses and clients making demands on you is intense. Identify stress-busting techniques to help you avoid a first-year meltdown.

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