DOs AND DONTs OF THE FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE - MAKING THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUINY
“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it. “– Quote by Lou Holtz, the former American football player, and coach.
Landed your first job?? Congrats to you on the start of your career. As a fresher on the block, there are many anxieties, hopes, and expectations. In this blog, we address some of the pertinent Dos and Donts of the first year in an office. The idea is to prepare you for the weeks and months ahead when you will be charged and raring to prove yourself.
The Dos and Donts of the first year in an office are:
Be patient. After landing your first job, don’t be in a tearing hurry to prove yourself by working overtime and burdening yourself with tasks/responsibilities. Savor the moments and maintain a work-life balance from the very beginning.
Have a fresher’s mindset. Just because you are new to your job / in your career should not make you feel that you are the least knowledgeable or qualified person. You have your own unique ideas, perspectives, and thoughts that could be useful to the organisation. You could be the ‘breath of fresh air’ in the company, only you won’t know it.
Keep away from giving unrealistic expectations to your supervisors. Don’t promise to deliver more than you can handle in a day at the office. It’s easy to overpromise as you want to keep everyone happy and retain the job. However, it can only stress you out and make everyone unhappy. Therefore, it’s always advisable to keep communicating with your immediate supervisor about your daily workload. This will help your boss to delegate work to you based on how you are doing from time to time.
Be a sponge. Be like a dry sponge open to soaking up all the rich experiences and learnings your first job provides. Every day is a learning affair, and you will be the wiser at the end of it. Just observe and absorb. Nothing is too insignificant for you to pick up and make a part of your life and its lessons.
Ask questions. Since it’s your first job and you on a learning mode, make the most of the opportunity. You will realise that most people are delighted to reply to your queries and teach you things that they are good/skilled at. Just don’t ask too many questions daily (to the same person), it can get irritating. So, maintain a fine balance.
Build your professional network. Whether you are social or not, believe in networking or not, it’s always advisable to start creating your own from your first job. Connect with your peers, supervisors, and others you come into contact with and make a good impression.