Advice For Your First Graduate Job
13 July 2017
With the celebrations of graduation last month just coming to an end for several talented young Scots, the intimidating notion about now having to ‘adult’ is starting to loom. With over 300,000 new graduates starting to look for jobs in the UK between April and September, the market for jobs is obscenely competitive. However, after applying to several jobs, having an appealing CV, an inquisitive cover letter and acing the interview, you find yourself with a new job. What now?
Do your homework
It may seem obvious, but the more research you do in to the company you’re now a part of, the better it will be for you in the long run. Not only does it allow you to understand what the company stands for, its aims and history, but it also shows your commitment to your new job, which will be noticed by others. If it is a customer or client based role, you might be asked about aspects of the company, in which the more you know the better both yourself and the company looks.
Getting on with tasks as quickly as possible and barely asking any questions might show you're an independent worker, but if in doubt, ask. You don’t want to spend hours on a project to find out you have been doing it wrong from the start. Remember that you are new to the job, all your co-workers know that, and in most cases, you’re not expected to know anything at all, so don’t feel embarrassed about asking questions about absolutely anything. Make sure you're asking the right people, though: your superior is best to ask about important parts of your job, but a co-worker can easily tell you how the photocopier works. Just remember they were all once in your shoes.
Turn an obstacle into a lesson
When faced with a problem you struggle with, rather than get yourself down about your ability or your job, see the situation as a chance to learn. Each obstacle you face at your new job will benefit your skills for the future and in the long term make you better at your job, or more appealing for future jobs. In tandem to the last tip, if you face an obstacle, don’t be scared to ask for assistance or for an experienced member of staff's opinion as that may be the best possible way to overcome it and benefit from it.
There aren’t many other better things to build strong relationships at work than showing that you are a reliable employee, at work. Never turn up late and always make yourself available to help colleagues out. If you have deadlines for work, make sure you meet them on time otherwise let your manager aware you need more time or help. If a co-worker asks for your help, be sure to pull out the stops where you can. Gaining the trust of your co-workers goes a long way to demonstrating to your boss that you are a well-liked and trustworthy employee.
Keep building your network
Having a good network of contacts that you can rely on to help you understand new challenges at work is crucial and will aid you in learning new skills and abilities, as well as helping you face off any potential problems. Organisations today are increasingly looking for employees that will bring a strong network to the company with them. They know these people will be more likely to be able to solve problems if they have a great list of contacts and resources.
Written By Alex Hunt