Congratulations on finding your first full-time job! The moment that job offer comes in feels like a huge weight lifted off your shoulders and like all your hard job-seeking work has finally paid off. You’ll eventually start making money to pay down student loans, get a new car, stock your savings account, and more.
But if you’re like many people, that elated feeling gets quickly overcome by the nervousness of actually doing the job. You may feel extra pressure to do well or worry that you’ll mess up or that this job won’t be a good fit for you.
We’re here to remind you that while this transition into full-time work life can be stressful, you can handle it. Here are five tips to help you move into your new position as smoothly as possible.
1. Your Timing Is Right for You
It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to your coworkers or others. Sometimes it may feel like you should be farther ahead than you are or that others are zooming past you in their accomplishments.
But that’s not true. You are exactly where you need to be, and your timeline is following the trajectory you need it to. Comparisons get you no closer to your goals, whereas sticking to your plans does.
2. Mistakes Happen (and That’s OK)
You are going to make some mistakes while you’re learning the ropes in your new company. And that’s perfectly normal! Learn from the experience, avoid making the same mistake again, and move on.
It’s also good to ask for feedback when working on projects. Even if you haven’t made a mistake, it’s helpful in your transition to seek constructive input and discover best practices or the preferred methods for performing tasks.
3. Coworkers Make Good Friends & Resources
Take the time to get to know your coworkers, even if it feels like added work. Learn people’s names and job titles and remember their roles within the company. These are the people who will be assisting you every day and will provide you with crucial information to help you do your job.
Be respectful and do your best for your coworkers, and they will help guide you. Instead of assuming you already know the best way to do your job, use your coworkers as resources to answer questions and give you insight into the company.
4. Opportunities Are Everywhere
From team lunches to prioritized tasks, opportunities for growth and positive impacts will pop up all the time. Take advantage of them, whether it’s in helping a coworker complete a project or running an errand for your boss.
Your willingness to help and be part of the team shows your dependability, builds a good rapport with your fellow team members, and demonstrates your flexibility in doing what’s needed for others.
5. Your Office Space Should Feel Like Yours
Take the time to clean and arrange your desk, cubicle, or office. You’ll spend a lot of time in this space, so make it a place you feel comfortable in.
Add pictures of special people, inspirational quotes, potted plants, your favorite lamp, or anything that makes your office space comfortable and encourages productivity.
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