Introduction to Transitioning to the Workplace


The transition from student to professional can be a very exciting time as you enter the workforce, arrange for living situations, and try to maintain your relationships. It could also be a time that may present some unique challenges. It takes patience and willingness to learn and adapt, but you can do it!

The first year in the workplace is a unique stage in your career development. Your long-term career success will depend on how you start managing your career and expanding on your relationships with professionals in the community.



You successfully met the challenges when you transitioned to college, and now this module will provide you with information to continue to support this transition as it pertains to moving from your collegiate environment to your first workplace. After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of professionalism in the workplace.
  • Identify specific actions to take to manage your professional image.
  • Describe why navigating organizational culture is important for success in the workplace.
  • Describe types of managerial styles and strategies for succeeding with each of them.
  • Identify your own conflict resolution style.
  • Explain appropriate strategies for addressing conflict in the workplace.
  • Locate additional resources for assistance with common questions related to the first year in the workplace.


Let’s begin by learning how you can create your professional image.