You spent so many years of your life in education, learning everything there is to learn about the world that you could from inside a classroom. Then you grew, and travelled, and discovered new places and people that made you feel so rounded as a person. But now? Now it’s time to settle down into your first big girl job, and that’s something that can be both exciting and daunting in equal measure. But it’s something you can absolutely do!
And because of that, surviving your first year on the job is going to be easier than you think. But if you’re nervous now, the day before you’re meant to start, here’s a couple of things to keep in mind to help you get to the end of the day. Don’t worry, you’ll soon come to love the interactions you get on the shop floor and in the office.
Everyday Gains You Experience
Being the best you possibly can be isn’t something we can manage from the beginning, but it’s something that’ll come naturally to you as time goes on. Even just after the first week you’ll be more experienced than ever! So whether you’re working in a private boarding school with less kids who are relatively well behaved, or it’s your first day serving the wires on an offshore oil rig, every single day you go through makes sure you learn something new about your job.
And that’s extremely helpful when you’re a newbie and expected to impress from the get go. You don’t have a reputation in the relevant circles yet, considering you’re just out of school with no connections, so now’s the time to build on those.
Don’t Ignore Your Accomplishments
Just because you’re young and fresh faced doesn’t mean what you accomplish is any less important than a more senior member in your department. You’re accomplishing new things every day, whether it’s finally learning how to write a persuasive email or remembering to bring your own lunch to work; you’ve done good!
Being able to be happy with your day’s work is what’s going to keep you at your job for the future, so always take the time to smile to yourself or tell someone (even in a jokey way) how much you’ve done today.
Remember, You Can Always Leave!
Even if it’s just at the end of the day! But honestly, if your job isn’t working out for you, you always have the option to quit. We don’t fit every role we go in for after all, and because of that it’s OK to admit defeat if you know you’re just not managing the day to day tasks. After all, making a mistake is one of the best ways to learn, and there’s nothing like failing a task to reveal what your actual strengths are.
Surviving the first year in the workplace needs to be done a day at a time, so don’t try rushing yourself.