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Old 04-08-2016, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hey all,

So I'm graduating from college in June with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science, and immediately after graduation I'm moving down to Las Vegas for an apprenticeship with a general contracting company. When I first landed the apprenticeship, I was super stoked to have some kind of pathway after graduating (and glad that pathway is leading to palm trees )

I visited Las Vegas last week to get a feel for the city past the Strip, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I had anticipated, and now that excitement has turned into anxiety. I've been working since I was 16, so I'm not new to the working world, but the thought of learning an entirely new industry from square one is an intimidating thought. I think it's mostly being nervous about a new city, workplace, coworkers, bosses, all hitting me at once that is making me second guess myself; but peers that I have talked to that are older than me say that this feeling is natural and that I shouldn't stress out about it too much...but that's pretty difficult considering how badly I want to do well so I can stay with this company past the apprenticeship.

So I guess my question is: is this feeling natural? It might be an obvious question, but I've worked in the hospitality industry for my entire working life, and the jobs I've had have never been at this level before. Is it just my millennial experience of needing decades of experience for any job that's out there that is tainting my excitement for this opportunity, since anybody that is my parents' age have pretty much told me that they just went towards an industry and learned it as they went?

Thanks for taking the time to read over this most likely obvious question
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:01 AM
 
Location: louisville
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Lived in Vegas. Traffic is terrible. Water is horrible. Loved parts, not others.

It is natural to be excited on a new path. Make the most of it and good luck
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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...but peers that I have talked to that are older than me say that this feeling is natural and that I shouldn't stress out about it too much...

...anybody that is my parents' age have pretty much told me that they just went towards an industry and learned it as they went?
This ^^^. Listen to the older and wiser ones.
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:04 AM
 
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Perfectly natural. take it as it comes and do your best in every endeavor.

Congratulations and best of luck.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:44 AM
 
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Perfectly natural, especially if you're jumping fields. Shows that you care and want to succeed and show your worth. Congrats!
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Old 04-09-2016, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Thanks for the responses everyone!

It's a mixture of wanting to do well, wanting to feel some kind of security financially (health bennies aren't a complaint either ), and I really enjoy Las Vegas once you get away from the Strip, so I really don't want to fudge this opportunity, and that brings along tons of anxiety.
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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This ^^^. Listen to the older and wiser ones.
I've been in construction management for the past 40 years and during that time was self employed with my own company that numbered anywhere from 5 to 25 employees.

For me the most profitable size was 6 employees and I remember back to 1988 when I had 25 in the field and while we grossed a lot we netted little while working our butts off.

Best year was 1998 when with six employees, one of them was me, we netted twice as much as we did in 1988 while working nowhere near as hard.

Along the way you learn things you can't learn in school because every job, every set of sub-contractors and the people involved is unique. In this way the job never gets boring, it's never repetitious and you learn something new every day.

It's one of those fields where experience will trump education every time.

All that and you can actually see the results of your labor. I've been licensed in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida (never did anything in Tennessee) and driving up and down I-75 I feel the accomplishment of being able to say "I did that job in 1984, this job I did in 2010 and the one hour back down the road I did in 1996. All manner of projects from a small nursing home or motel to mid size hospitals to industrial manufacturing facilities of over one million square feet. I can look and while I am a small cog in a big machine I know I accomplished something in life because everyone can see it.

You are most likely going to be seeing a lot of hotels and casinos.

Pay attention, learn a lot and work hard.
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Just remember that you have the credentials for the job. Your enthusiasm will definitely come through. You're obviously smart enough to learn what you have to learn and you can even write and spell well, which is hard to find in today's world of potential employees LOL.

Take a deep breath. You'll be fine.

You might think this is too hokey, but my counselor just told me about an app called calm.com. It has relaxation exercises, meditations etc., some short, some long. You might find it helpful. There's a section on anxiety. I've checked out all the free stuff and I'm going to go ahead and pay for a year's subscription next month for, I think $39? Anyway, you can download it and try it out for free.

Congrats on your accomplishments!
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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All that and you can actually see the results of your labor. I've been licensed in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida (never did anything in Tennessee) and driving up and down I-75 I feel the accomplishment of being able to say "I did that job in 1984, this job I did in 2010 and the one hour back down the road I did in 1996. All manner of projects from a small nursing home or motel to mid size hospitals to industrial manufacturing facilities of over one million square feet. I can look and while I am a small cog in a big machine I know I accomplished something in life because everyone can see it.

You are most likely going to be seeing a lot of hotels and casinos.

Pay attention, learn a lot and work hard.
That's one of the draws that I saw. I've never been the kind of person to feel completely right or left brained, but when it comes to work, I definitely find accomplishment in seeing tangible results of work I did.

Thanks for your input, especially being in construction management. I love the idea of seeing the face of a city change and being part of the process, but the learning from square one is what gets me anxious.

Their projects range from casinos and hotels to remodels and whatnot--in fact, they just finished the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. I'm definitely excited to see what project I'm assigned to and plan on devoting myself fully to learning all that I can, and I've even tried to find what I can in books and the internet to get my mind working before I get there
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Just remember that you have the credentials for the job. Your enthusiasm will definitely come through. You're obviously smart enough to learn what you have to learn and you can even write and spell well, which is hard to find in today's world of potential employees LOL.

Take a deep breath. You'll be fine.

You might think this is too hokey, but my counselor just told me about an app called calm.com. It has relaxation exercises, meditations etc., some short, some long. You might find it helpful. There's a section on anxiety. I've checked out all the free stuff and I'm going to go ahead and pay for a year's subscription next month for, I think $39? Anyway, you can download it and try it out for free.

Congrats on your accomplishments!
I actually regularly exercise and do yoga classes to calm my mind down, I have a tendancy to look too far into the future and get stressed, so it helps me bring it back down to a manageable size
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