THOMAS PYPER | Transitioning from Ryerson to Work


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[blockquote source=”C. JoyBell C.”] We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.[/blockquote]

I am now two weeks into working full time, and I am happy to report that it has been successful so far. As I talked about in my previous blog, I am still learning about the various different softwares and procedures, and will be settling into my position in the coming weeks. The transition into working full time has been a big one, and much has changed in the past month.

For instance, I have joined the thousands of people driving on the highways every weekday, which is just so much fun (sarcasm intended). I am currently living at home before I move back to Toronto for the summer next month, so I drive the old family mini-van from Burlington to Mississauga everyday. This is a major change for me. As you may know, I lived in residence all four years of my undergrad, so my commute has gone from a 5 minute walk to an hour of driving. Gone are the days of getting up at 8:45 and getting to 9 o’clock class on time (making full use of Ryerson time). Anyone who has had class with me knows that waking up early is not my strong suit, but I’m slowly adjusting to this new schedule (I’m finding it’s also helping if I don’t stay up watching Netflix till 2am).

Traffic and long commutes have become a daily part of my Road from Ryerson
Traffic and long commutes have become a part of my daily routine in my Road from Ryerson.

There is another change I have noticed, and it’s one I recognized during my internship last year as well. Prior to this job, I had been working in residence for 3 years, so naturally I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge about residence life. In this job I was able to deal with many situations and answer many questions about residence. Then all of a sudden I went from being very knowledgeable about my job to having a new job and knowing very little. Especially last year, it was a change that was very sudden and one I wasn’t necessarily expecting.

If There was a physical "Road from Ryerson" this sign would defiantly be on it
If there was a physical “Road from Ryerson” this sign would definitely be on it.

Lastly there was an overall change in my comfort level. I consider myself to be introverted and consistently score as one on myers briggs tests I’ve taken. For me, I find one of the biggest challenges is becoming comfortable in a new environment, which take a while for me. At Ryerson, I had become very comfortable with my surrounding and the people I was with, but it definitely didn’t start like that. I was very shy for most of my first semester, but gradually become more comfortable and much less shy. During my first week at work, I was going through the same situation. But everyone at my job has been very welcoming, and I am becoming more and more comfortable in my new environment every day.

All in all, this has been a huge transition, but is going pretty smoothly so far, and I know as time goes on it will get better and better. Eventually I will get used to driving in stop and go traffic every day. I know the the longer I work, the more I will learn and eventually a new hire may job shadow me. And I really do hope that I will be as comfortable at my new job as I was at Ryerson. Change is good as it leads to new experiences, new challenges and new things to discover, and is necessary in order for us to grow.

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