Survival guide to your first job
Are you a fresh graduate who is about to start your first job? Here are seven things you need to know before hitting the daily grind.
1. Adopt a good work ethic
Make a good impression by taking initiative and paying attention to the little things you do. Greet your colleagues, be punctual, dress appropriately and maintain professional maturity.
2. Sniff out the company’s culture
Are they trendy? Serious? Techy? Every company has a unique set of values, goals and personalities that makes up their culture and work environment. Look out for what they value in their employees and how they interact with one another.
3. Build effective relationships
Learn from your fellow colleagues the unwritten ways to get things done. Successful employees are the ones who can collaborate well with others to get things done.
4. Adopt the right attitudes
- Willingness to learn
- Learn from mistakes
5. Adjust your expectations
Know that there is no perfect job or perfect boss. Keep an open mind and do what you can to make the best out of the environment you are in.
6. Develop organisational-savvy skills
Writing long emails and holding meetings can be a chore, but office work like these can help you develop highly sought skills like project management, budgeting, presentation and interpersonal skills.
7. Acquire knowledge, skills and abilities
Take lots of notes. Ask questions when in doubt. Provide thoughtful suggestions and opinions. Take advantage of your on-the-job experience and training programmes to learn as much as you can!
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