Surviving Your First Ever Day of Work

There’s something particularly daunting about your first day ever in the workplace.

No matter how excited you might be – there’s always that little voice in the back of your mind.

It sounds something like.. ‘What if I make a complete and utter fool of myself?’ Or ‘What if I do so bad, I get sacked on my first day?’

Feeling like this is completely natural, as though you’re entering that dreaded exam hall all over again.

But like the exam hall, there’s a few things you can do to prepare.

Whether you’re excited or not, here’s how to make sure your first day isn’t a complete disaster.

1 – Make Sure You Introduce Yourself

Don’t be the weird new kid that hides behind the teacher and mumbles into his/her sleeve all day.

Get to know everyone.

  • Do the generic rounds of ‘Hey, I’m *insert new kid here*, sorry, I didn’t catch your name?’
  • Make jokes.
  • Put everyone at ease.
  • Make your new colleagues excited about the fact you’ll be part of the workplace.

2 – Don’t Be Scared To Ask Questions

As cliché as this sounds, it’s important.

If you just nod your head without having any idea what you’re being told, you’ll end up slowing everyone else down.

Or even worse, you’ll cause a disaster.

Which, in turn, will slow everyone else down as well.

Your co-workers won’t be annoyed by you asking questions.

They’ll be annoyed about cleaning up a mess that could have been avoided.

3 – Even If You Do Mess Up, Don’t Stress Out

You won’t get things right first time.

You just won’t.

It supposedly took Thomas Edison 1,000 attempts to create the lightbulb.

So it’ll probably take you a few attempts to understand the new office software.

Remember, It doesn’t matter though.

Even if your new colleagues aren’t the patient sort, they’ll appreciate it more if you own up to mistakes.

Don’t flap around in a blind panic because you don’t know what to do.

4 – Tell Yourself You Can Do This

  • You got through school
  • Learned that instrument.
  • Asked that person out.
  • Got that high score.

Are you catching my drift?

At every stage of your life, you’ve done or learned something that you’d never experienced before.

It’s the same with a job.

It’s daunting at first, but don’t worry.

School is completely different to work. However it can be fun.

Enjoy it and remember…

You got this.

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