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What you should know before you get your first job
What you should know before you get your first job
I did it! After so many applications and interviews, I finally got my first job!
It’s normal to be excited when you first enter the workforce, as it is OK to feel pressure and confusion. Family makes you aware of the importance of having a job and career since you are little. You go to school and work hard to figure out what your purpose in life is. You make all these efforts to graduate and gain a diploma that allows you to profess. But in this challenging and complex process, you might fail to realise the importance of some other valuable and critical aspects that make a good employee.
There are a few important things you must keep in mind on your first day, such as:
- Hard work is essential. Sometimes you may need to cut on your fun, spare time activities – at least till you learn your skills.
- Work isn’t always fun. Don’t go there expecting to live in a fantasy world because where competition is high, so has to be your professionalism.
- Follow the dress code. Managing your appearance helps you leave a good impression on your employers and colleagues, and they’ll take you more seriously.
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Professionalism is paramount.
Though it’s not listed as a critical skill in your job description, it is crucial to demonstrate professionalism in your interviews and daily work. A lack of professionalism can stay in the way of your growth, whereas showing this competency can make way for new opportunities.
Your level of professionalism shows the following aspects:
- How well you carry yourself at work
- How you handle stressful situations
- How you treat your colleagues
- How dependable you are
- How approachable you are.
If you want to earn more respect from your boss, grasp on the following ways to show professionalism:
- Dress appropriately
- Show up on time
- Have critical thinking and good communication with everyone at the workplace.
Health and safety come first.
The level of safety at work is directly proportional to the level of security and comfort your job provides. Not everybody is made to sit comfortably in bed, in front of their laptop and with a cup of tea while earning big money. Some look for cosiness at work, and others like challenges: they love driving, saving other people, and so on.
You cannot underestimate the importance of your safety in the workplace – not only do bosses need healthy employees because the more efficiently they work, the bigger the profits they bring, but the law also imposes safety practices at work.
All employers are responsible for ensuring a safe working environment, but sometimes they breach this duty of care and unforeseen misfortunes happen. Besides paying extreme attention to everything you do when at a risky job, you should also know what to do when an unprevented accident at work happens.
Your ability to prove your boss is at fault for your injuries is paramount when you claim compensation for an accident in the UK. To do this, you need to establish the following:
- Your employer had a duty to protect you;
- They breached this duty;
- Their negligence led to your injuries.
As tricky and complex as it may sound, know that you don’t have to get through this unpleasant bureaucratic process alone. You can contact advisors and legal solicitors who work to gain you the proper compensation and help you gather the necessary evidence, such as medical records, witness statements and CCTV footage. Solicitors are not hard to contact and make you feel at ease knowing they can reduce the damages of your ill-fated accident.
Building relationships requires effort and time.
Building relationships at work is more than just getting along: it can impact how you do and enjoy your job. A feeling of efficiency comes with great teamwork, which requires professional and healthy relationships at the workplace. Here are some tips that will help you bond with everyone in your organisation:
- Start small
- Practice active listening
- Set clear boundaries
- Skip the gossip.
Many people who don’t achieve this connection feel unsatisfied and can’t find purpose in their work, quitting their job or the entire industry eventually. But if you create good working relationships, you enjoy the following benefits:
- Increased job satisfaction – you’ll be happy knowing you go to work wholeheartedly.
- Support from colleagues – you’ll need people to step up for you when work gets tough.
- Comfortable meetings – you may be afraid to speak up in a toxic workplace, but when you’re in a good work relationship with everyone, you feel support and empowerment to speak up.
Asking for feedback can be a gift of sight.
You need clarity to thrive in your career and life because it lets you see yourself and know where you’re going. Understanding the areas you need to focus your efforts on, what you’re good at, what needs improvement and how your employers and team perceive you allow you to excel in your career.
As intimidating as this can be, know your supervisors will appreciate your interest. It only requires the following steps to enable you to feel prepared to put your questions:
- Reflect on the goal you hope to gain
- Prepare your questions
- Identify the right people you turn to for advice
- Listen without judgement
- Write down what they say
- Say thank you.
Feedback from those below you, at your level or above you is known as 360-degree feedback. It is a process through which you gather evaluation from your employees, supervisor and colleagues which helps you gain a good assessment of yourself as well.
At work, like in life, the learning is never over.
Science supports lifelong learning because it is crucial to succeed and thrive in your work and personal life.
Exercising your brain is as essential as exercising your body – both are capable of change, development and growth. You have to be aware of these facts, take breaks because your brain and body need rest from time to time and always try to overcome yourself.