7 Lessons Learned at Your First Job
1) Deadlines Are Important
Your professor may accept your excuses when you turn in your homework late, but the workplace does not operate that way. Deadlines are very important and missing a deadline on your job can be the cause of your first pink slip.
2)Stay Out Of Office Gossip
Gossip is almost a given in any workplace and it is your duty to stay out of it at all costs. There will always be “tea” about the secretary’s secret affairs and “tea” about the bosses gambling habits but trade the “tea” in for coffee and ignore the gossip. Engaging in conversations of that sort in the workplace will only hinder you from progressing, because you’ll be too busy talking about Susie to be busy enough working to gain your promotion. Another important reason to stay out of it is because if they gossip to you then don’t doubt they will gossip about you.
3)Observe Before Acting
The best way to fit in with co-workers and superiors is to observe everything before taking action. Pay attention to how coworkers communicate so that you can communicate in that same manner. Pay attention to the way lunch breaks are taken so that you don’t gobble down your sandwich at your desk when office tradition is eating in the downstairs conference room. Don’t change who you are just to fit in, but you should make attempts to fit in with certain things in the workplace in order to ensure a smooth transition as a new employee.
4)Don’t Engage in Office Pranks
Every office has either one or two people that enjoy pulling pranks on their co-workers. Do not be that person. Office pranks almost always end badly and they tend to never go as planned. It can also cause people in the office to lose trust in you because they will question your morale.
5)Mistakes Are Normal
When you make mistakes on the job, the first thing you do is freak out because you wonder what everyone will think of you. Then, you realize that everyone makes mistakes. The only thing you should strive for is to not make the same mistakes twice.
6)Make Professional Connections
It is almost a 100% chance that your first job will not be your last job, so make sure to make professional connections. By making professional connections at your first job you will have references to spruce up your future applications and you can also have people you can turn to for career advice.
7)Be Careful With Office Romances
Most people would recommend staying away from office romances completely, but love could be hiding behind the cubicles. Just be careful before entering in romantic affairs with coworkers, because if they end badly it could ruin your office reputation and make going to work dreadful.
Bianca Baymon84 Posts
I have recently earned my BBA from the University of Houston and I am a native Houstonian. My background is in human resources, so I have an understanding of what motivates people and their actions. As a result of those things, I merge my personal, professional, and college experience to write blogs that everyone can relate to.