How to Tackle Your First Day at Work

Your very first day of work can be nerve-wracking – especially if you have never experienced the workplace before. After leaving university, it’s natural to feel apprehensive about how you’ll adapt to the working world after three years of study, but graduate jobs and internship employers are used to hiring inexperienced graduates and go on to mould them to fit their company and develop their knowledge and skills.

If you’re about to start your first day of work, here’s how you can tackle your first day and
make the best of the experience:

Be relaxed

It’s natural to feel apprehensive on your very first day. After all, it’s difficult to know what will be expected from you. While you may have a clear idea of the job specification, it’s difficult to get to grips with the day-to-day responsibilities of the role until you actually do it.

However, staying calm will help you feel more in control of the situation and enable you to focus better. In the first few days and weeks, you will make mistakes and that’s okay, especially if you’re an intern with no previous experience in a professional role.

Follow the company dress code

Does the company have a more relaxed or formal dress code?

Turning up to your new job dressed inappropriately or not in line with the company culture instantly gives a bad impression.

When planning your outfit for your first day of work, it’s crucial to research the company
dress code via their website or employees’ LinkedIn profiles. Alternatively, you could email
your employer to double-check.

Talk to your colleagues

You may feel anxious about meeting new people in your new job but forcing yourself to talk to as many people as possible within the company will help you form positive relationships.  As we spend over a third of our lives in the workplace, it’s wise to know who you’ll be working alongside and have people around you who are willing to provide guidance and advice from time to time to help you succeed and become settled in your new role. What’s more, being socially proactive shows that you’re willing to become an integral part of the team.

Bring some positive energy

On your first day, aim to bring some positive energy to the office. You’ll benefit from greater group dynamics and individual performance, as well as easily building social connections.
On the other hand, negative energy hinders creativity, motivation, and poor relationships
which may hinder your professional development.

Listen, observe and ask questions

Within a graduate job or internship, you’ll likely undergo a training process in the first few
days and weeks to get to grips with your role. Yet, you may learn even more by listening to
and observing colleagues so you can improve your own skills. Also, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as possible about your responsibilities and tasks, as this shows that you’re keen to learn more about the job and the company.

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect graduate job or internship you can get in
contact with Inspiring Interns here

Guest article by Laura Bill, Inspiring Interns


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