School to Career Transition

Written by: Dr. Markisha Butler

College seniors preparing to transition to the workplace were recently identified as having potential difficulties, according to Lane (2015). Society’s expectation of seniors to enter the workforce and settle down after college graduation is a prominent potential difficulty; therefore, this process contains a significant series of impending changes in students’ lives for many who may feel anxious and not ready (Lane, 2015). Graduating students within the Lane study were facing upcoming changes that required an alteration of priorities; these changes included the  inability to continue a student lifestyle, loss of support and friendships, and the actual job search process and current unemployment (Lane, 2015).

While the graduates who were unable to find employment were expected to, and did have, decreased well-being, graduates who did obtain post college job offers were not immune from distress caused from the transition of college to work (Lane, 2015). Within the study conducted by Lane (2015), the world of work presented its own level of anxiety because graduating students were leaving a life in which they felt experienced and adequately prepared to handle and were coming into an environment in which they were the unexperienced professional. There was evidence that the former students involved in the Lane study had difficulty adjusting to professional work life and therefore had more than 50% leave their initial employment within two years of graduating college (Lane, 2015). Some of the difficulties included being unable to adjust to the work culture environment, but other stressors included substantial learning curves, employers not giving enough feedback, less structure than prepared for in a college environment, guilt about their level of initial production of work, and being challenged in creating social networks that could replace the old one from college (Lane, 2015). In order for new graduates to become successful employees, they had to be willing to adapt to the interactions, structure, and work style that constituted the organization’s culture (Wendlandt & Rochlen, 2008).

Lane (2015) reported that graduates involved in the study did not possess enough knowledge of expected work culture changes when graduating and entering the workforce. Lane conducted a survey study in which college seniors were asked about their workplace culture and were surveyed again at six months and then again at one year. It was determined that graduates who had obtained more accurate information about  the employer’s workplace and culture were more likely to find satisfaction with work and adapt to the culture with more ease. In conclusion, Lane found that graduates who were secure in their social relationships had more information, felt supported, and were better able to face the challenges of adulthood with more confidence than those without secure relationships (Lane, 2015).

As a candidate for Glynn County School Board At-Large Post 1, I will take my position seriously and use my experience as a former Career Development and Placement Coordinator at a technical college to provide workshops and trainings to students as well as staff to ensure our students are prepared to transition from school to career. 


Lane, J. A. (2015). Counseling emerging adults in transition: Practical applications of attachment and social support research. The Professional Counselor, 5, 15-27.

Annual Glynn County Democratic Dinner

The annual Glynn County Democrats Dinner will be held on August 18th this year at Selden Park. A Moveable Feast is providing dinner, and a cash bar will be available.

Sarah Riggs Amico ( candidate for Lt. Governor), John Barrow (candidate for Secretary of State), and Lisa Ring (candidate for 1st District Congress) are scheduled to be key speakers at this event.

Please join us in a fun night for all.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Party Headquarters, 1400 Gloucester Street, and online.

Sarah Riggs Amico set to speak Monday, June 18

Sarah Riggs Amico, Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor will be speaking at St. Ignatius Church, 2906 Demere Road on St. Simons Island.

The meeting is a regularly scheduled meeting of District Two Democrats, but everyone interested is invited to attend.

This meeting begins at 6:00 pm. Come prepared to ask any questions you might have.

Meet the Great Eight

Sharon Robinson

Sharon Robinson Glynn County – candidate for Board of Education, District 2
Sharon Robinson Candidate for Glynn County Board of Education District 2

Sharon Robinson
Glynn County Board of Education, District 2
A Georgia native, I earned my B.S and M.S. in Education and proudly served as a teacher of Social Studies and Accelerated Learning. That experience, plus subsequent business success, makes me an ideal candidate for the Board of Education from District 2. An avowed moderate, I uphold traditional values, while seeking reasonable change.

Occupation: Retired Businesswoman
Residence: Saint Simons Island

Meet the Great Eight

Dr. Regina Hedgeman Johnson

Dr. Regina Hedgeman Johnson - candidate for Glynn County Board of Education, District 4
Dr. Regina Hedgeman Johnson Candidate Glynn County Board of Education District 4

Dr. Regina Hedgeman Johnson
Glynn County Board of Education, District 4
I am a 30-year veteran, accomplished educator, facilitator and trainer in Glynn County schools. I am a community servant, civic leader, parent, and grandparent committed to advancing and advocating for quality, policy-driven education that empowers educators and supports families to positively impact student learning.

Occupation: Retired Teacher
Home: Brunswick