Guess what? Some of us thought we were ready for our job until we got here, only to realise we weren’t.
This is a hard truth to admit – Every job comes with its ups and downs. No matter how confident some workers look right now, no one knew everything right out of the gate. College can only take you so far in getting ready for a workplace, and once you start working, you are expected to hit the ground running.
Getting off to a good start takes a lot of preparation and some good old hindsight; that’s why we have decided to arm you with some real-life tips on getting set for your first job.
Step 1 – Act the Part
Leaving school always come with a feeling of nostalgia and fear of the unknown – how to get a job, and a good one at that. But once you’ve gone through the first stages of getting a job, which is applications and interviews, the hardest parts are over.
Now, interviews can be daunting or maybe even scary for you. However, trying your hands at perfecting your interview skills can go a long way to boost your performance. Before any interview, learn about the company/industry that you may be working in. Research possible answers for commonly asked interview questions and also prepare questions for your interviewers ahead of time.
Try rehearsing in front of a mirror – repeat your answers again and again, and get better at each attempt until you are sure you’ll ace the interview.
Step 2 – Get Busy
We know it’s your first job, but your prospective employer won’t mind if you come a little experienced. Your work experience could be either through internship or volunteering. Such experiences will sharpen your skills and teach you some valuable workplace lessons. You can also enrol in courses designed to enhance your ‘soft skills’ such as leadership, discipline, diligence, amongst others. These extra experiences would help make you better positioned to hit the ground running when you eventually start working.
Step 3 – Connect with Your World
When last did you read a book, any book, especially those outside your course of study?
In today’s world, where information is just a click away, it’s not enough to read stuff only related to your academic field or career interest. The more things you know outside your field, the more resourceful you’ll become and you also gain a wider perspective of life and the world around you. So, research broadly, read, read and read again.
Step 4- Learn a skill
Decide to learn a new skill, art or language. This enhances your daily experiences and makes you a more interesting person. Well-rounded individuals have an easier time relating to others and have more things in common with them. Being a more interesting person will draw others to you and improve the quality of your life as your relationships improve. Also, you never know – that skill might just be the thing that will single you out for that big break.
Lastly, be curious about the world. There is so much out there to learn.