Transitioning from School to Work

Looking for your first job?

It's an exciting and intimidating process. To help you better understand the opportunities Travelers offers, as well as to determine what you really want in a career, we've put together a list of questions you should be asking yourself and potential employers.         

As you look at your career options, consider the following aspects of the job:

Culture – Who are these people?

  • Does the time commitment for the job match your goals, needs and lifestyle?
  • Is the company or department an environment where you feel comfortable "being yourself"?
  • Have your interactions with employees and interviewers been genuine?
  • Is work-life balance more than a buzzword at the company? How can you tell?
  • What is your current ideal level of work-life balance? What do you expect it to be in the future?

Opportunity – Plan for the future.

  • How does the organization measure success?
  • How does the organization promote?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement? Short-term? Long-term?
  • Are career paths through the organization primarily vertical? Diagonal? Lateral?
  • How does the organization develop its talent? Formally? Informally? What evidence is there of this?
  • How stable is the organization or piece of the organization you are considering joining?

Learning – It doesn’t stop when you graduate.

  • Who will you be working with? 
  • What can you learn from them?
  • What do you want to learn from them?
  • How will you learn from them? Does this fit your learning style?
  • What transferable skills does this job give you?
  • Does the organization offer tuition reimbursement?
  • Do employees actually take advantage of it? Why or why not?
  • What type of tuition is reimbursed?
  • Does the organization offer support in attaining professional designations?
  • Are professional development opportunities guided paths or self chosen?
  • What type of reputation or exposure does the company have within the industry?
  • Is there opportunity to move within the company to significantly different disciplines and opportunities?

Ownership – It's going to be your job. What do you want?

  • Why are you considering this job?
  • What is the main reason for taking this specific job? For yourself? A significant other? Your family? Your friends? The money? The location?
  • Is this a sound long-term decision? Short-term decision? 
  • Do you view this as a career or a job?

Work Content – You should love what you do.

  • Will the work stir up passion and conviction in you?
  • Will this job be a good fit for your personality and work style?
  • What are the long-term objectives for your position? How do these fit with your personal goals and development plan?
  • Will this job be a good fit for your values?
  • How much autonomy and responsibility does the position entail?
  • Is this a position that stretches your skill set and pushes you to improve?

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