Starting your first job is a new and possibly scary experience, so here are five tips on how to get through your first day and thrive in your new work environment.
- Get Organised
Before starting your first job, be sure you are organised to hit the ground running. This includes showing up a little bit early, being in uniform or dressed appropriately, being aware of any deadlines or events coming up and setting up your workspace so you feel organised and ready to go daily.
- Work on Positive Self-Talk
First job nerves are very normal, and it takes a bit of practice to learn how to use these nerves positively. You should practise positive self-praise and give yourself credit where credit is due – this will help you become much more confident which will help eliminate your nerves. Learning how to control your self-doubt and turn it into something constructive and positive will have a big impact on your success. Remember that everyone has been in your starting position, and the more you practise positive self-talk, the easier it gets.
- Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Entering the workforce for the first time can be scary and you may feel overwhelmed. People may be afraid to ask for help because they feel like a burden and feel like needing help is a sign of weakness. However, asking for help when you aren’t sure of what to do is a sign of confidence and strength. It also shows you are willing to learn and don’t want to make mistakes.
- Make Some Friends
Chances are you’re going to be spending a lot of time with your new co-workers and surviving your first job will be a lot easier (and a lot more fun) if you get on well with your colleagues. While they don’t need to be your best friends, developing a bond with your colleagues is important if you don’t want to feel alone. Go out for the occasional lunch or coffee. Be sure to ask questions about their lives – you never know, but you may have a lot more in common with these people than you originally thought. Working with people you get along with can impact your mood significantly.
- Back Yourself
Most importantly, don’t worry! You are going to make mistakes, especially in the first few weeks, but everyone knows that you are new to this and nobody expects you to perform incredible feats straight away. So, before you panic, remember that no one is perfect, everyone must start somewhere, and you’re allowed a few mistakes (just as long as you learn from these mistakes).