Lessons learned in my first job

Posted by Emily Hagen on Aug 23, 2016 11:58:59 AM

Whether you’re taking on a new job or starting your career, there is a lot of new ground to cover. A year ago, I was taking the leap from college to the real world into my first job. I was intimidated in the beginning, but following these four tips made it a smooth transition (as did lots of coffee). 

Here are my tips for someone starting their career, or a new job in general.

  1. Be patient: It takes time to strive in a brand new position. Make sure to appreciate how far you come after every day of hard work, and soon you will be comfortable where you’re at. It doesn’t happen overnight, so stay motivated to keep learning and progressing.
  2. Take it one day at a time: It’s easy to get overwhelmed when starting fresh. The best way to stay calm and confident is to take tasks one at a time. Learn the ropes, but don’t rush through the important first few weeks so you don’t fall behind later.
  3. Find a mentor: Befriend a colleague that can guide you through the ins and outs of the company. It can be a slow moving process into the position, but finding someone that can answer your questions will make all the difference. If I didn’t have this person, I still wouldn’t know where the K cups hide.
  4. Stay open minded: You may come across tasks that you didn't expect, but that doesn't mean you won't be great at them! Take on a new challenge, and it may lead to an interest or skill you didn't know you had.  

Topics: Hiring, Success