If you’ve just landed a great job and college life still leaves you nostalgic, it’s possible you’ll continue with your old protected ways even in this radically different setting. If you have been awarded Student of the Year over and over - a brilliant student, an academic achiever, the first year at the workplace might prove to be an eye-opener. Validation as a great worker is a great feeling. But you’ll realise you’re competing in a very different set of situations and of people. And being awarded Employee of the Month, or even Employee of the Year may become your new goal. Perhaps there is a trophy, or a company-wide email circulated, or even a monetary reward!