If you just graduated college and you’re now ready to go beyond by finding a job, then you’ve come to the right place. It can be a bit intimidating at first especially when you had little to no experience. That’s why you need to be prepared and do a little bit of researching before finding one.
What you’ll see in this article are a few important things fresh graduates need to know in order to make a good impression at work, and how to be prepared and transition smoothly into the corporate world.
Practice How to Manage Your Time
- Having a job is a completely different experience than the one you had during your student days. The feeling of being surrounded with a different set of people while having to complete work can be a bit stressful especially for starters.
- However, this can be avoided when you know how to manage your time. Managing your time at work is just as important as managing your time during your college days. What you need to do is set a list of goals that you need to do for the week and prioritize the important task first before doing the other.
Don’t Be Afraid of Feedback
- At work, feedback is very important. So if you feel like you’re doing it the wrong way, don’t hesitate to have a talk with your boss and ask for feedback. There’s nothing worse than finding out that you’re working the other way around while you’re already halfway there.
- Not just your boss, let your superiors, supervisors, and even your colleagues who have been working longer than you do give feedback to you. This is one way to learn about the company’s standard operating procedure to improve yourself in the long run.
Keep Your Documents Secure
- Your documents and paper works are definitely one of the most important things that you need to take care of while at work. It can be tedious to organize all of them, but you’re most likely to need them in the future.
- When starting a job, keep all your documents in a folder to avoid misplacing them. Such documents include:
- Letter of appointment and work contract
- Company policies and non-disclosure agreements
- Pay slips
- EA forms
- Performance reviews
- Copies of expense claims and receipts
- Keeping them all in one place will make you find them easier when you need them in the future. If you’re worried of misplacing or losing your documents, scan them so that they’ll be available online and store them to cloud storage apps/sites such as OneDrive or Google Drive.
Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Co-Employees
- A business’ success lies to the cooperation of the people inside it. With that being said, it’s important to get to know all of your colleagues and co-workers on your entire workspace and even on other departments. This will help you learn more about every aspect of the company you’re working in and will give you an insight of every department just in case you’ll be transferred/promoted there in the future.
- Don’t be afraid to spark up a conversation with your co-workers. A simple hello or asking about their day can lead to a healthy and long term friendship in the long run. If your colleagues invite you to go out with them for a couple of drinks after work, don’t hesitate to join them. Socializing is key for a healthy working space.
Create a Self-Development Plan
- Do you have big plans for your career in the next 10 years or so? If you do, then it’s going to be a lifelong process to get there. Achieving goals cannot be done overnight, that’s why it’s important to create a plan and stick to it throughout your entire career. Make sure to review all your plans and make it as realistic as possible.
Remember, there’s so many things you need to get used to especially when you just started your first job. Just remember not to rush things and take it slow. Be patient, climb it slow and steady, and you’ll eventually get there in the near future. Everything will be worth it in the end.