Most college graduates have high hopes when they land their first jobs. Of course, some of these expectations do come true. However, there are things no one teaches in college and there are issues you will most likely face at your first job. Read on to learn what they are.
What You Need to Know about Your First Job in Advance
Your College Degree Isn’t that Important
You’ve worked so hard in college, and now you want this work to be appreciated. However, in most fields, it doesn’t really matter what your major is and where you got it. What matters is that you show your skills and your ability to come up with new ideas and get the work done. It also matters that you’re a good person who has a strong character and can work in a team. Your first job is mostly about developing all these qualities. And don’t worry – the time will come when you will take advantage of all the work you’ve done in college. But first – pay attention to your intelligence and your ethics.
Know Your Value and Use every Chance to Prove It
If there is a project that needs a person who has a skill you have, don’t hesitate to take it. I’ll even put it this way: take it right away and work on it fiercely. Make your team members realize how valuable you are due to not only having a certain skill, but also to being dedicated to your work. And even if it happens that no one appreciates you, you should at least value yourself. Prove your competence and skills to yourself. This will help you become more confident.
Raise Your Hand
Speak up in meetings, sign up for the project you’d like to take, tell if you see a mistake somewhere even though (and especially) no one else sees it, help you coworkers when they can’t fulfill all their responsibilities due to their personal issues, tell if you disagree with a questionable practice someone wants to use, etc. The point is that you should show that you are always get prepared to work on a great number of tasks. Show that you care about your work. And, of course, speak up for yourself. If you want to take a recently opened position or use another way to tour your accomplishments, take a chance. Who knows whether you will ever be able to do this again?
Unfortunately, you will meet not only good people at your first job. There can be individuals who don’t want you to attain your goal for some reasons. So, don’t become swept in all the excitement. Don’t trust everyone right away. Be slow in building relationships and establishing trust.
Always Be on Time
This is very important. So, just do it.
Hope these tips will help you take the most out of your first job. May you be successful!