CHICAGO, May 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- College grads who land that coveted first job this spring or summer may find it will take some time to find a comfort level in their new work environment, a new national survey of employees reveals. When asked how long it takes to fit in and feel comfortable at a new job, 40 percent of more than 1,000 U.S. adults polled by Everest College reported the time frame can be quite lengthy – more than eight weeks (cited by 18 percent) or five to eight weeks (22 percent). Another 34 percent replied two to four weeks. "Starting a new job and career is an exhilarating, exciting experience, yet certainly can be stressful as well," says Tim Dauber, regional vice president of operations at Everest College, which provides career-oriented diploma programs in the health care, skilled trades and business fields. "New employees face all types of first-time situations, along with new responsibilities, procedures and co-workers," Dauber adds. "It can take time – a number of weeks – to adapt, feel you 'belong' and contribute to the best of your ability, a reality many of those surveyed acknowledge." Yet, several tactics exist to help employees feel comfortable at their new position, according to survey respondents. Nearly six in 10 (58 percent) said a personal mentor in their new workplace would be an asset. Other ways cited to ease the transition to a new job included more hands-on experience while in college (named by 46 percent) and an internship/externship prior to employment (43 percent). One-quarter (25 percent) said college instructors who have similar job experience would help achieve a comfort level. (Multiple responses were permitted.) "Employers and colleges should take note of these findings and preferences," says Dauber. "Mentors can be a major, positive influence to help the new employee acclimate. Colleges can provide similar assistance in a number of areas. For example, at Everest, all programs make hands-on learning a priority, and externships are a required part of curricula."