For some of you, graduation may seem like a far-off dream. It may be years away. For others; however, it may only be mere months.
I’ve been in the workplace now for nearly a year since graduating from Winona State and becoming a Chi Alpha alumnus. Every day has its new struggles and I’ve learned so much since graduating and entering into the “real-world.”
Imagine college as if it were like a bubble on another bubble.
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In college, you exist as one cohesive bubble, but you’re also separated at the same time. You can peer into what’s happening outside your “college world.” Inside that bubble you are “safe.” While in college, you’re given special (temporary) privileges and resources that you’ll eventually give up when you get your diploma. Not all of them are bad, but some make life more convenient. The real world may seem daunting to you, but don’t fret.
Since entering the “real world” with my first “big-boy-job,” I’ve encountered many people who need Jesus desperately. I see it all the time. But, it’s different than in college. In college, you’re welcome to share freely what you believe, but in the workplace, you can get in trouble or fired for sharing your personal beliefs. It’s more risky to do so in the workplace. You have to be very strategic in how you want to share your Christian beliefs with others.
Even though I haven’t been in the workplace long, I’ve journaled what has helped me minister without really preaching (a delicate tightrope walk, as I often call it). So, how do we best represent Jesus and His message well in the workplace? The five topics below are the common themes in my several months of journaling my workplace experiences. And, the best part is that they can be practiced LONG before you even begin working in the marketplace!
My hope is that you’ll be able to utilize some of these skills in your own life in order to avoid the pitfalls that I’ve gone through while working in the secular workplace. Most of us will end up somewhere in the marketplace whether that is education, business, government, sales, health, etc. after we leave Winona. Every situation will be different, but God calls us to spread His word everywhere we go. That goes beyond Winona State! Start here, where you’re encouraged to learn and make mistakes, so that way you can have skills refined and ready long before you enter the workplace.
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