I was prepared for a lot of things when I emerged from the internship birth canal and became a full-time working person: Show up on time, don’t overdo it on the exclamation points, and always ask about a business woman’s special.
But there were some things no career counselor, professor, sister, friend, or parent warned me about!!!!!! (Clearly, I’ve gone rogue on the exclamation point thing.) My first year or so of work was filled with so much “Wait, is it just me, or…” and, “Well, I guess that’s a thing” that I wanted to write a strongly worded letter to everyone who’d given me career advice because it all fell so short.
Every workplace and job is different, but in talking to people in my five and a half years of work experience, I’ve discovered that the things that really took me by surprise are pretty universal. So instead of writing that strongly worded letter, I’m going to share them here as one giant subtweet/PSA instead: