That’s where I am. My name is Sophie and I am a May 2016 graduate of the University of Arizona’s Systems Engineering program. I’ve been working at my job for almost 6 months now. I work in Chandler for General Motors doing Software Development. It’s been a big transition. I moved to a new city with my fiancé and my kitten in tow. I live in a spectacular apartment littered with my horrible college furniture that I’m improving one piece at a time, which is the same way I’m transitioning from college to the real world.
I was so blessed to have an amazing college experience which was filled with high quality friends and amazing opportunities and experiences. Moving into industry is tough and fun. The part that’s tough is how you’re starting over. I like to draw a parallel to picking a job with picking a college. You really don’t know very much when you’re asked to make that decision. Just like college you have a brief introduction to the company but don’t really get to know what’s going on until after being there a few months. I think that’s one of the reasons it’s important to trust your gut on recruiting, there is so much more to a job then a salary, like where you’re going to start your career and who you’re going to be surrounded by. Trust the little window you do get to see when picking.
The second thing I learned post grad is I learned a ton in college. I’m not referring to specific technical knowledge but to personal growth. When I entered college I was just so young and immature and through college I’ve learned so much about myself and blossomed into the adult I am today, which really carried with me to my job. I learned to be a leader in college, and how to be a problem solver and self-starter. Already only being at my job a few months I’ve gotten involved in the clubs here, already being on the executive board of two of them. I’ve also gotten the opportunity to go back to U of A and recruit for GM, all because of the skills I learned in college, most of which were from my involvement with clubs.
Transitioning to the real world has been tough, mostly because my experiences at college were so epically fantastic, but by trusting my gut and applying the skills I’ve learned inside and outside the classroom, I’ve been able to be pretty successful here so far. I am energized and excited for the future of my career with this company and forever thankful for my time as a University of Arizona Student. Bear Down!