8 Things to help you excel at your first job out of college
One of the most exciting moments in our lives is when we crack the interview on campus placement and bag that dream job – The first job out of college ! A job that will mark the beginning of your professional career. When we hear the words “First Job” there are n number of adjectives that flash with them – excitement, nervousness, opportunity, self-confidence, pressure to perform and money of course. First job of our career is very overwhelming irrespective of the nature, size or brand value of the company. Here are points to keep in mind to make the beginning of your journey a smooth one, as in many ways, you’ve traveled to a new world. Here are 8 reasons that will help you excel at your first job out of college :
- Find a mentor. The person can be from inside/outside your company who is willing to answer all your questions. Go back to your college professors and ask for names. Use all your resources to find someone who will be honest with you. Look for someone who is insightful and can guide you through sticky interpersonal problems when they come up. Find someone who is a good critic for you.
- Concentrate on learning. You’re not expected to know all the answers. You are expected to know how to find them, though. Ask your boss and associates for suggestions regarding articles to read or web sites to visit. Read all you can about your job and your clients in the company’s files.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions. You’ll discover that not everyone is willing to help you.After all, you’re young, you’re eager, and your knowledge is current. So they might look at you as threat. However, I’m sure there are people in your company who are more than willing to help you. There is usually a coworker who will help you with overwhelming tasks such as prioritizing your work. So ask for help if you need because if you don’t the answer is automatically a NO.
- Stay clear of the malcontents.Just about every organization has a few employees who are never satisfied with anything. They do their jobs but take every opportunity to snipe at a supervisor or take pot shots at company policies. They are always looking for recruits. If one of them tries to hook you with conversational curves such as, “What do you think of our supervisor,” answer with smartly with something like, “I’m too new here to have formed any opinions.” This is a tactful turn-off that lets the malcontent know you have no desire to become part of the group.
- Be a loyalist.Instead of trashing the company, emphasize everything good you can find. You’ve committed to the company so you owe it a fair day’s work as well as endorsement of their principles and objectives. If you are unhappy about something, discuss it in private with the appropriate person.
- Be co-operative/Be Proactive.There are some employees who will avoid any work over and above what is in their job description, and there are others who willingly take on special projects, give other workers a hand and ask for work when they have completed their assignments. By being co-operative, you not only help others, but you will also be helping yourself – not only in spirit, but also in the eyes of your supervisors 😉
- Be Personal. As we enter the corporate life one of the most common advise we get is to be a professional. So am not going to repeat that. But it is equally important to be a little personal at your workplace. Greet people even if you do not interact much on the work front. Smile and wave, as little kind gestures never hurt anyone. It has helped me make some great friends at work.
- Step up to the plate. As you are a fresher or fuccha as we call you, your responsibility can be pretty average in your team. What’s the number one way to be bold in an average job? Step up to the plate. Did a co-worker just bail without telling anyone? Take the reins and fill in. Is there some sort of fire that needs to be put out? Think on your feet and fix it. The moral of the story is simple you can still be “fabulous” even if your responsibility is pretty “average”.
To sum it up, do things that are slightly difficult for you. Do things that are inherently good. Set modest goals and meet them. Help people achieve theirs.
Above all, “Keep Calm, and Believe in yourself“. Success will be a by-product of your self-confidence.