New Kid on the Block: Surviving The First Day of Work
Updated: Feb 16
This blog’s a teensy bit more grown-up than my others. So, sorry in advance. But hopefully, it might give you a helping hand.
There’s something particularly daunting about the first day of a new job. No matter how excited you might be, there’s always that little voice in the back of your mind whispering, ‘What if I make a complete arse of myself?’
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 and utter disaster.
1 – Make Sure You Introduce Yourself
Don’t be the weird new kid that hides behind the teacher and mumbles into his 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 taking in what you’re being told, you’ll end up either slowing everyone else down, or you’ll cause a disaster, which, in turn, will also slow everyone else down.
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 light-bulb, and it’ll probably take you a few attempts to understand the new office software.
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. You learned that instrument. You asked that girl out. You got that high score. You won that match. 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.
You got this.