Last week was my first full week at my first post-grad job. It was exciting, it was overwhelming, it was fun, and it was work. I got lucky because I’m working in a brand new marketing position at the company my dad has been working at for the past 20+ years. While I have the opportunity to help mold the position, it’s still intimidating being my first job and having a lot of expectations to live up to (i.e. daddio).
Before I started, I found myself reading articles with titles along the lines of “How to succeed at your first post-grad job” and “10 things to know before starting a job.” They all had fairly the same lessons in all of them: dress appropriately, be prepared, get enough sleep, be organized, etc.Most of them seem like common sense, but you don’t realize just how much the smallest details help in the corporate world.
Here are a few tips that really helped me get through my first week on the job:
- Prioritize your work.
- Get to know your colleagues even if they aren’t in your department.
- Take notes.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Plan your outfit and pack your lunch the night before so you aren’t scrambling in the morning.
- If you’re having computer problems, it really helps to have a friend in IT.
- Also, get those computer problems taken care of ASAP or you’ll fall behind in your work and piss off your boss.
- Know how to clock in and out properly so you don’t have a minor heart attack when all of your hours aren’t on your time card. Not that I know from experience or anything…
- To-do lists are your best friend.
What are some tips that helped or are helping you through your first job? Feel free to share your tips with me; I’m always looking for advice!