Hi there, fellow graduate.
How does it feel to be unceremoniously flung into highly turbulent times? Whether you’re working or looking for a job, things are surely looking different from your days on campus.
Even in my few months as a newly minted member of the workforce, I’ve realised that adhering to the following ‘3Rs’ have aided my transition from a student to a full-time employee.
1. Learn the Ropes well (but don’t be too hung up on your mistakes)
I tend to be hard on myself when it comes to my learning pace. Even though it takes time to pick up new skills and making mistakes is inevitable, I get easily frustrated when I fail to meet my own expectations.
However, upon reflection, I realised that I was putting too much emphasis on my accomplishments (or lack thereof) and results, rather than being mindful of the process and working with an excellent spirit. I had forgotten that I was to do everything for God’s glory, instead growing increasingly conscious of what others thought of my work (and by extension, myself).
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24
I’ve found that compliments only provide temporary satisfaction, but will not grant me lasting joy.
Of course, work isn’t fun all the time. There will be dreadfully busy days where you might want nothing more but for the weekend to roll around, or agonisingly slow days where you can’t wait to knock off at six on the dot. This is where focusing on working with excellence and this following verse has kept me going:
“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
2. Establish a healthy work life Rhythm (a good work-life balance is important!)
As much as there are perks to working from home, there are many temptations that may cause you to slacken. Whether you are experiencing the slow days or slogging through the weekend, it’s good to establish a healthy and spirit-filled work routine.
I’ve found that it really helps to start my work day with a morning prayer or quiet time. Alternatively, if you’re a late riser, putting on some worship music as you get ready for the day ahead can center your heart before the hustle begins.
Another aspect that not only contributes to a healthy rhythm, but also ensures good work-life balance, is to intentionally include social time in your day. Especially if you work from home, it can get quite isolating without the chatter of colleagues and a routine of going out to get lunch together.
Build times in to your day for a lunch zoom date with your colleagues, or better yet meet them in person if time permits! During the more casual online meetings, there are always opportunities to make connections and find out more about each other. Even if you’re not much of a talker, listening attentively to their interactions can help you understand them better.
Find times to meet fellow Christians that you can journey with. While we strive for excellence in our careers, let us also encourage each other that we are also to represent Christ’s love in our workplace and colleagues.
"Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." – Hebrews 10:25 (ESV)
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3. Read your Bible!
You may be pleasantly surprised at how powerful the Word is at imbuing a renewed sense of purpose in your work life. A bible study series from the Book of Daniel reminded me that being excellent in my work is, in fact, one of the most effective ways to be a godly witness.
Even though Daniel and his friends had to adapt to a totally foreign and paganistic culture, they were able to earn the favour of King Nebuchadnezzar with their excellent work ethic, unwavering faith in God and amicable characters.
"And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom." – Daniel 1:20 (ESV)
In different seasons in our life, the Word of God holds the Truths that He wants to reveal to us that will speak right into our hearts and situations. Even as we navigate this new adjustment into the working world, let us remember to keep looking to the plumbline of our lives.
A short devotional read to help us pause and reevaluate our journeys
In seasons of transition, pause and take stock of what you have in your hand. Then choose to wield it as best you can.
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