Westfield State plans to resume its traditional, on-campus schedule for fall 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, we believe it is also prudent to develop contingency plans. Updates will be communicated as they become available.

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Life After Westfield

Starting a new career after college can be exciting, but as with all new experiences it is bound to come with some level of uncertainty.

Here are some tips for how to succeed and make a great impression on your first day:

  • Be on time! Try to get up extra early so that you can take your time getting ready and ensure you have sufficient time for your commute
  • Make sure you follow the dress code
  • Navigate the area around your workplace and become familiar with the area
  • Be friendly! Introduce yourself to people you meet throughout the day
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – other staff and employees will understand
  • Be social with your coworkers, whether it’s grabbing coffee with them in the morning, or a bite to eat at lunch try to get to know your colleagues and learn from them both in and outside the workplace

When starting a new position, whether as a new employee or intern, it is important to keep etiquette in mind for the workplace.  Below are a few rules to keep in mind when navigating through your first experiences at your job:

  • Remember that you never get a second chance to make a first impression so be polite and friendly
  • Pay attention in meetings no matter how large or small, be sure to take notes and ask questions when necessary
  • Be aware of the company culture - this can have an impact on your work environment so it is important to get a grasp on the atmosphere and the interactions between coworkers
  • Try not to take feedback personally, constructive criticism promotes learning 
  • Always take responsibility for your work and time management. If you are struggling with a deadline or project be sure to speak up. And always own your mistakes, it’s a learning process!

In order to ensure that you will be able to manage bills and student loans after you graduate from college it is a good idea to work on creating a budget.  In order to do this, it is important to start off your calculations with your take home income after removing taxes, with that you will know exactly what you have to work with.

From there use the below percentage break down in order to determine how to divide up your income in a way that not only makes the most sense, but is also the most practical.

Budget Chart 50% Needs, 30% Wants, 20% Savings

Needs:

Your needs are things that your money absolutely has to go to, such as:

  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Food
  • Car payment or insurance
  • Utilities
  • Cell phone bill

Wants:

Your wants are things that you would like to have, but are not necessities, in other words you could live without it, such as:

  • Going out to eat
  • Vacation
  • Shopping trips 
  • Concert tickets

Savings:

Your savings is an important aspect to consider that is all too often overlooked. This is important to have in case of an emergency or if you are planning on making a larger purchase in the future, such as a house or new car.

  • The Alumni Office offers a variety of activities and opportunities for engagement from the traditional Homecoming and Reunions, to academic and social events, as well as community service projects.

  • Hire an Owl!  Handshake, our recruiting platform, is an easy to navigate system to post opportunities at your organization as well as search for opportunities for yourself.  You can also register for career fairs and manage your on-campus recruiting activities at Westfield State.