No one ever forgets their first job. Walking in, sharply dressed, nervous and yet all calm on the outside. It is a gut wrenching experience for many, while a cherished memory for all.
The corporate savanna could be quite savage, the unspoken rules and etiquettes could be challenging for the new hire. It is okay to make mistakes, okay to err, everyone understands you are new. They probably made the same mistakes as you. What is important is that you don’t repeat those mistakes and take this opportunity to learn. Approach your mentors, your colleagues or any one you think can help you out. It is important for one to adapt to the ways of the professional environment so that you don’t bring down the efficiency of the firm, after all you were hired to add to it! The corporate has many branches the function in specific domains.. Try to understand as much as you can as to what the functions of different departments are. Right from administration to finance, each wing is vital for the efficient functioning of the organization. This serves as a valuable base for you to judge and analyze where you see yourself much further down the road. Comprehensively understand the desired requisites for your chosen path and build the competencies and knowledge to ensure that your dream materializes into reality.
It’s only after your first job that you realize firsthand the importance of doing what you enjoy. Do what you love and you will never work a single day in your life. Often as freshers, one has very little knowledge of what he is stepping into. It so happens, often one ends up choosing a career on how it sounds or how it pays. At the start of one’s career it is not fair to expect a fresher to completely understand and make an informed decision about the responsibilities you dawn upon yourself. It’s not all about the money, seek excellence success and money will follow you. Sooner or later you will realize, how to and what is, the value of money. Firstly, you will have to understand the value of every penny earned. You have worked hard earned your money. Get cautious, always remember to save up. The new found financial freedom could set you on a spending frenzy, watch and track your spending. It could be the Jimmy Choos you’ve been eyeing for a while or fancy dinner. Watch where you spend!
Most often than not you’d find yourself in a financial crunch when trying to live off your first salary but forget not those who have taken care of you all this while. It’s not about what you buy them but the gesture that really matters. That smile you would bring on your parents face is priceless. The transition from college to work also means a change in a way of life. Forget not to take care of your health. Make time to eat, yes you read it right, make time for eating and also ensure that you have quality food in the right time. Also ensure that you engage in sufficient physical activity. For many the day could be hectic, stressful or even out right tiring but it is so only on the mind. Make it a point to exercise. It will take you a long way and has anyone told you that it is a great stress buster.
Lastly, I would like to leave you with one thought, don’t forget to enjoy! Remember all those exams, submissions and the infinite sleepless nights during college? You have put in effort and worked very hard to get where you are. You deserve every bit of it.