I’ve wanted to be an audiologist since I was a kid. I recall an art project in elementary school to draw a picture of what you wanted to be when you grow up. My classmates were drawing themselves as ballerinas in tu-tus and as movie stars living in Hollywood; I drew myself in a white coat with otoscope in hand. Last year at graduation, I felt overwhelmed and excited to finally consider myself a practicing audiologist. Now, one year later, I wanted to share the top-five lessons learned in my first year as a new professional with new graduates who will be transitioning from student to clinician. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!