Hello! Every work environment is a bit different. Most of that depends on the people you will be working with, or for. An auto shop, for example, will be completely different than working in a corporate office. Working in the front office of an auto body shop will also be incredibly different than working in the back room. Your tasks and role will be a lot different, you may have to perform a lot more interaction with customers. Even within each shop, there will be different behaviors, different personalities and managers with different styles.
When you are interviewing for roles, the best thing to do is ask questions about the culture. Ask for a tour of the facility. See if you can figure out if you like the environment. Or possibly try and intern at a shop to see if you like it. Good luck!
Workplace environment is an amalgamation of your college life + society. You might come across mentors who will guide you and also people who will pull you down. Choose your company carefully. I would say if you maintain a professional relationship then it should be easy for you. It would ask a high degree of ownership and accountability. Timelines are crucial. Dont commit anything you may not be able to deliver. Request for a mentor as and when needed. It would have a hierarchy. the sooner you understand the better it is for your growth.
A work place environment is having similar and different kind of experiences from the school or college life. You will be having a lot of friends similar to your college, a lot of people who can be considered as mentors, teachers, motivators, advisors etc. At the same time, you will have well defined responsibilities and accountabilities in a work place which you need to 100% comply. You have to consider your job tasks, self developments, and contribution/innovation to the company as part of your career development and success of the business of your company.
If I go through my day at work place, I always go to the office with a mind that today I will learn something new today, spend good amount of time with the peers/friends , hear many success stories, and come home with a great satisfaction.
You will have defined set of tasks based on the domain you work. Take the accountability and complete those in time. You can learn many other interested topics from the learning resources available to you or provided by your company to ensure that you are upgrading yourself to take up new challenges.
You can mentor others --- This is a great experience when you share your knowledge and experience with others who are trying to become your best team mate. This will one way enhance your wisdom and a great aid to the person who is receiving the information.
When you consider the work place as a vital part of life, you will be learning a lot of new things, achieve more successes and satisfaction of doing great things with team. Your team's success is your SUCCESS!!!