Attention graduates, you have sure come a long way: the endless nights of studying, countless deadlines, passing every test, and going above and beyond to make it on time for class has finally come to an end. Celebratory sparkling drinks are definitely on the rise! It is your day and you’ve made it.
You waited four long years for this day and have the knowledge and experience you need to succeed. But to help you further stand out of the crowd, we’ve put together seven proven tips and examples that will help you prepare for a successful internship or and first big job, regardless what industry you’re in.
Follow these seven tips and you’ll be a workplace all-star in no time.
Be Present And On Time
Being on time (especially on your first day) is key because it shows you value your employer’s time and are eager to grow and learn. The employer will be impressed on how you execute your professional skills by being punctual. I recommend having a daily planner or schedule, as these will help you stay organized and on time for all meetings, events and activities (for both work and your own social life).
Every workplace has a dress code, whether it is business formal, a set uniform or casual. Showing up to work dressed appropriately and professionally shows respect to your employer, colleagues, and clients.
Ask for Feedback
It’s important to ask for feedback based on your work, as it’s a great indicator of what needs to be improved, and your strengths and weaknesses. This gives you the ability to grow and to learn what can be done differently in the future. You may receive constructive criticism about your work at times, but I can assure you that your boss is only doing it to help you develop and improve within the office.
We all have different workloads and at times we can take on too much and lose sight of what tasks need to be prioritized. If you master how to manage your time within your daily work schedule, you can improve your decision making, reduce stress, get more done, eliminate re-work, and you’ll be able to spend more time where it matters.
Carry a Notepad and Pen
Preparing for an internship or a new job could be scary and overwhelming but having notes for instructions and future references can make tasks easier. This is especially important during your first few weeks in your new role, as you’ll appreciate being able to look back at what you’ve learned. Write down everything and anything that you may think that will be helpful for you in the future.
Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Everybody can have trouble understanding, especially in a new environment. In order to understand and perform the job well, it’s very important to always ask questions. There is no such thing as a “stupid” question if you really want a great outcome for your efforts.
Enjoy Every Day at Work
Fun? At work? This is possible. When you look forward to every day at work, it’s a very rewarding feeling, as you’ll never feel like your ‘working’. Each day is a new chance to be positive and show enthusiasm within your work and this will be reflected in your work.
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Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se
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