Working with college students as a career has allowed me to build a natural need to help driven men and women to get everything they ever wanted from their career. Like you, I was taught that my trajectory towards a fulfilling life, both financially and otherwise, begins with graduating from college. However, what my parents neglected to share was the up and down career spiral that I’d find myself become a slave to. I went through two different careers to get to where I am now. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
So interviews are done and so are the background checks and references. You’ve landed the job that you wanted and now what? Here are some tips to live by during office hours that will help build up your confidence and work experience as you transition to the next level.
Show up every morning read to take on your tasks. You’ve managed to knock out all the contenders for this job so show your employer they made the right choice!
Dress the part! I cannot stress this enough. It doesn’t matter if you have a lax dress code or corporate one. The first impression you make is all visual so look good, and I promise you will feel good and more confident.
Find your tribe! Making long-lasting work relationships can be quite beneficial so long as you do not allow it to bend your judgement on work related things. Choose wisely!
Never get comfortable. I believe comfort is a career killer. Always keep your linked-in page updated with new tasks or responsibilities and promotions at your current job. There’s no telling if a recruiter is lurking so be prepared!
Never tell your boss you can’t do something. Even if that’s the truth, take the initiative and google it, or better yet search it on Youtube. Chances are, someone made a video on it.
Learn from your experiences and co-workers. Everyone can serve as a mentor without knowing it. Good or bad, the way that you observe a coworker deal with things can educate you on what to do and not to do.
Save money! Life comfort, not having savings put away can mean staying at a job longer than you need to be. All that does is put your career path on pause. Don’t go that route and save a percentage of every paycheck in a direct deposit savings account.
Speak up! Taking the initiative to apply something new is always a good look! If you have an idea for a more productive system, share it with your boss. Know of an app that can make things more efficient, speak up!
Take ownership of your mistakes. No-one is perfect and even machines need content upgrades to do the job well. Own up to your mishaps doesn’t make you look weak, but responsible.
Pray. I know this may not be popular, but praying and meditating and being grateful for your current job allows you to be humbled when that promotion rolls around. Whether you believe in God or not, expressing gratitude into the universe will come back ten-fold.