10 Tips To Being A Grown-Up
YOU have spent four years drinking mid-week, rolling out of bed at noon and not caring about being late for anything. You have pulled all-nighters, missed deadlines and eaten a mountain of dodgy canteen food. Now the life you never appreciated is gone and you are about to start the scary journey into the real world. Inside you are screaming – but you put on a brave face. There are few things more nerve-wracking than the first day at a new job. When the nerves hit, try to remember that there were loads of other applicants for this role and they picked you for a reason: you are awesome.
You will have good days and bad days but take them both in your stride and learn from them. No matter where you work there will always be a few horrible people . Try to rise above it and remember that they are only human at the end of the day, and so are you.
How To Survive:
- Get into the habit of always arriving 15 minutes early from day one. That will give you time to relax before you start your day and make a cuppa. It will also show your boss you are eager and reliable, it also gives you a little time should you ever be running a little late.
- Bring biscuits. Bribery with sugar nearly always works and can soften even the crankiest of co-workers.
- Be prepared for everything. There is nothing more embarrassing than ripped tights when going into a meeting, and I am speaking from experience. Keep some essentials like tights and an umbrella in your drawer. If you are wearing heels all day, make sure you keep a nice pair of flats under your desk. No one will ever know! If using public transport, check out more than one route or mode.
- Don’t be the first to leave all the time. It is no harm showing that you are willing to stay until the job is done, not just the second 5 o’clock hits.
- Keep your personal life separate. Shifting co-workers is an obvious bad move. If you have moved for the job and don’t know many people in the area, join some evening classes or see if there is a meet-up group nearby.
- If it turns out that you find the job is really not for you, keep trying your best but check out some recruitment agencies and start looking online. You are under no obligation to stay in the one job forever.
- Read your contract carefully. Ensure you know all the company guidelines. Avoid using your work email for personal matters and avoid going on Facebook. You never know who is watching.
- Learn to say no. There will be a lot of things thrown at you and while it is great to be helpful don’t bite off more than you can chew.
- Manage your time. Go through your emails one at a time in the morning and don’t open a new one till you have replied and sorted whatever you need to for the last one. Try not to check your emails between tasks as it is often a distraction and time consuming. Make a task list for each day and stick to it.
- Know that it is OK to ask for help. That is the most important tip I can give anyone. You will never know how to do everything no matter how hard you try so turn to managers when you are feeling overwhelmed or you are not sure about something.
Best of luck!
Photo credited to icanhascheezburger.com