I’m back with the second installment of the Post-Grad Summer series! If you missed it last week, my friend Gina Alyse and I have teamed up to share our thoughts on varying aspects of your post-grad summer. Catch up with Gina’s post on traveling post-grad, and mine on making the most of your post-grad summer.
One of the biggest steps into post-grad life is finding a job and starting work. This first job looks different for each person, depending on her chosen career path. While it’s perfectly normal to be nervous or anxious, it’s also super exciting – you’re a working girl now!
Last week, I started my job at a social media agency. I wouldn’t go straight to “overwhelming,” but there was definitely a lot going on, and a lot of information to take in! Since the office I’m at is a new location for the company, a lot of the orientation process was done via video chat with people in their main office.
So, here are my tips on surviving the first week of your first job – like a boss!
Ask lots of questions.
There’s a lot that gets thrown at you in the first week. It’s a lot of information to take in, and it may not all register the first time. I’m a firm believer that it’s always better to ask questions than to guess and risk doing something inaccurately. However, there is a line – independence will come as you get used to the procedures and your responsibilities.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your coworkers.
Whether you have a question about how something works, or if you just want to learn more about a particular area, or anything else, your coworkers are great people for that. If someone can’t help you, they’ll direct you to someone who can. I really enjoy talking with people I don’t usually work with directly, just to hear about what they do. It’s impossible to learn everything you’ll need to know in one week. Reach out when you need direction or advice. It also shows initiative!First week at work? Here are great #tips for surviving like a boss! Click To Tweet
It’s okay to ask for people’s names a second (or third) time.
This is especially true if your job is at a larger office with lots of people in and out. Right now, my office is only 8 people, and will grow to about 15 by the fall, which still isn’t huge. But since I spent so much time on video calls with people in other offices, I was exposed to so many faces that I may have only gotten glimpses of. I’ll be asking for name clarification for a little while still. Name tags, anyone? We could get creative and make them pretty.
Write things down & make lists.
And I mean physically write things down, not type notes on your computer. I always keep a notepad and a collection of pens by my side. I try to jot down notes and thoughts during meetings, or if something strikes me that I just can’t tackle at the moment. Handwritten notes are good to reference throughout the day or week when you have downtime, or need inspiration for a project. I love writing my own to-do lists; nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment when you can cross the last item off! Plus, they’re more visual, and I can see just how much I’ve done and what I have left to do.
Smile a lot.
A smile goes a long way. Be remembered as the person who never wipes the smile off her face. It’s a good way to be known around the office. You never know whose day you’ll brighten! Smiles are contagious.
The first week at work can be overwhelming, as there’s a lot that happens in those first few days. That’s okay – but remember that the people around you are there to help you. Remember to be patient with yourself, too. It’s a process!
What tips do you have about surviving the first week of a new job? What’s the biggest challenge for you?