Rookies to the working world are bound to stumble a bit when they're just starting out. After all, figuring out how to navigate the workplace for the first time, on top of adjusting to the independence of adulthood, is sure to be challenging.
"The biggest mistake is not setting up some kind of routine," said Blake McCammon, marketing manager at Looksharp, a career networking site for new grads and interns.
In your college years, it might have been easy to stay out late to party on weeknights and drag yourself through a few classes the next day, he said. Perhaps you set up a forgiving schedule as McCammon had, typically attending classes between noon and 4 p.m. But getting through a full day of work with a hangover, on the other hand, may prove more difficult.
Instead, embrace the old tenet of "early to bed and early to rise" and put yourself on a set schedule to stay on track professionally, McCammon said. "It's a lot about willpower and understanding that you're out of college now and you have more responsibilities," he said.