City : Career Climbing Pastures : How to Get on at Work
I've got a new job... Now What?
Once you've got a job you shouldn't just stop thinking about your career!
You're probably not going to get your dream job first time, so it's good to think of your current job as a stepping stone to your ideal career! If you try hard to do well in your current job, you'll get good experience and great references to cross the steps to your dream job.
Starting a new job
Employers are looking for people who are punctual, polite, dress appropriately (this may be smart, smart casual, or even casual in some companies), can use their own initiative, and are not always on their phone or the internet.
Building a relationship with your employer and understanding the company and its ethos are very important in the first few months. If your team is going for lunch one day then join them, don't just sit on your own.
You are likely to have a probationary period (between 3-6 months). This is an opportunity for you and the company to make sure that you are suitable for the role and are receiving the personal and professional support you need.
You'll probably be really tired at the end of the day when you first start your new job, but it's a sign that you've done a good job. It is a lot of work and you may not be used to it so expect to come home feeling exhausted, but satisfied, at the end of the day.
The office environment
An office environment is most likely different to what you're used to, and different businesses will have different expectations of staff and ways of working. It may seem overwhelming or difficult at first but it's something you'll get used to!
Make an effort to meet people throughout the business, not just those that you work with on a daily basis. Getting a greater understanding of different roles and how they fit into the business as a whole will allow you to develop in the future.
Make sure to keep in touch with your line manager and don’t be afraid to show them what you have achieved as well as sharing any problems you may have encountered.
You may work for a company who have dress down Friday, take part in charity events, or, in some cases, allow you the opportunity to work from home. Whilst this is fun you should always remember that your job and the business comes first - so make sure you dress appropriately!
Entering a new environment is not easy and your first job will be one of the biggest learning curves you will have. It may take some time to settle into the job, find out more about your colleagues and the working environment - but don't worry, as the weeks and months progress you will start to get used to your new routine!
Make an effort to meet everyone in your first few weeks; it's much easier when you are still new!
Remember your skills will need to be developed but you can't do this alone - your manager and colleges should help you find your feet and always ask them if you have a problem!
Stay positive and set yourself small achieveable goals – like buying yourself something new from your first pay cheque!