You work hard, you’re ambitious, you’ve always done well at everything you set your mind to. You got into the school of your choice and you excelled. Of course, you had summer jobs and a part time job while you were going to school but all that is behind you now. It’s time to step into your first real job!
Excelling in a professional environment is different from excelling in an academic one. Here are some tips to help smooth the transition.
Turn on a cooperative mindset
It takes a lot of self-discipline and organization to do well at school. You are probably used to setting your own course and deciding for yourself what needs to be done and when. To be successful you had to turn yourself into an independent thinker and achiever.
When your supervisor or the person who’s only been at the job a little longer than you tells you how to do things it might be a little off putting. Especially if you don’t see the point, or if you believe there’s a better way of doing things. There is a time and place for offering suggestions, but it’s not at the beginning of a new job. At the beginning your job is to learn the processes. To excel at the tasks you are given.
People like to work with people they like
You might think the most important thing about your job is doing a good job. And yes of course you need to do a good job. The best you can. But what you may not realize is, how important the relationships you build at work are. People like working with people they like. People will want you on their team if they like you. They will go out of their way to teach you and offer you advice. If you make mistakes at work they are more easily forgiven if people like you.
Let your true self shine
As you go along doing your best work and being a likeable human being, you might be accidentally slip into a corporate self that is kind of a neighbor or cousin to your real self. In order to be happy in life it’s important to not lose track of the special characteristics that make you, you. If you’re a natural joke teller then tell jokes. If you are a Lord of the Rings expert, share your knowledge, if your wardrobe has a certain flair – then flair. Bring your unique perspectives and attitudes to the things you do. You will find your people, and who knows what you will accomplish together.