It is easy to feel as though you can conquer the world once you have graduated, or once you have successfully completed a course. However, if you are just starting your first job, you are definitely not on top of the world. The working world is a scary place to adjust to. Here are some tips on how to enter the working world successfully:
Accept your status as a new employee and the work that comes with it
Having a qualification doesn’t guarantee that you will walk into your dream job immediately. You will most likely start at the bottom and work your way up. You might start as a scanning clerk, filing clerk, or someone’s assistant. Be patient, take your time, and work yourself up to where you want to be. And always be ready to work hard.
Do your best, no matter what you do
Don’t ever be too proud to do a job. Whether you are an office assistant, delivery person, data capturer, or team leader, always do your best. Hard work and good work will not go unnoticed. If you succeed in small tasks, you will eventually be trusted with larger, more important tasks.
Learn from negative feedback
The working world is very different from school or college. Your approach to difficult situations while studying might not be the best approach at work. Everyone makes a mistake from time to time. When this happens, it is important to not get defensive. After all, you are just starting out and you have so much to learn. Rather use each mistake as a learning opportunity so that you can do better in the future.
Remember that you don’t need to be a workaholic
While it is admirable to work late from time to time to get something done, or to come in over a weekend if you need to reach a target, your work shouldn’t take over your life. If you wake up in the middle of the night worried about work, you can’t talk about anything other than work, you are constantly thinking about your work, or you always take your work home with you, it might be time to take a step back. Try to work harder or faster during the day, cut some tea breaks, or speak to your manager if you are under too much pressure.
Take care of yourself
A large part of student life involves studying until the early hours of the morning, eating junk food to keep your energy up, and crunching hard for assignments and examinations for days at a time. It is an experience many students relish. However, this is not a lifestyle that can be sustained when you work. A healthy lifestyle will ensure that you don’t burn out, lose concentration, or underperform at work. You need to eat healthy food, get enough exercise, and maintain a balance between your professional and personal life. Never forget that your life actually happens outside of work.
The manner in which you start your career will often be the manner in which you continue for many years, and it is difficult to break destructive habits. It is therefore important to start with healthy ones.