You’ve landed your first full-time job!
Now you’re eager to dive right in and soak up everything as you settle into your role (that actually pays real money!).
Throughout your first few weeks you’ll be figuring out how to work the copy machine, learning the office culture, and searching for the best cafeteria food.
You will undoubtedly hit a snag here and there, but it’s important that you put your best foot forward and avoid making one (or more) of these four common mistakes made by many recent graduates:
1. Acting Like a Know-it-All
You’ve just spent thousands of dollars and countless hours working on a degree, preparing you for this job, but there’s only so much a class can teach you. Don’t get off on the wrong foot by claiming you know everything.
Share your knowledge and expertise, certainly; but spend most of your time—at least for right now—watching and learning from others around you.
2. Getting Too Comfortable
Normally being comfortable is a good thing—but in a new job, getting too comfortable too soon can translate into laziness. Honestly, you should always strive to feel a little uncomfortable in your job—because that means you’re learning, growing, pushing yourself, and working toward something bigger. Take it from Channing Hargrove, a marketing and communications coordinator and blogger who moved to a new, much more expensive city for her first job:
“Because I loved it so much, I became a little too comfortable as a contractor,” she says. “I loved my boss, my coworkers, and the work, and so I ignored my parents’ advice to use that job to land another because I didn’t have job security or benefits. And then I was laid-off. I should have kept the big picture in mind.”
3. Getting Involved in Drama
Did you hear about what happened between the beauty director and the publisher? No, you didn’t, and you don’t want to. You’ve got 99 problems and don’t let office gossip be one. Smile and be polite to everyone—and save your venting for someone who doesn’t have any connection whatsoever to your paycheck.
4. Trying Too Hard
You want everyone to like you, so you show up to meetings 15 minutes early and leave the office 20 minutes after everyone else. You’re super eager to share your ideas, and find yourself cutting others off mid-sentence from excitement. Without even realizing it, you’re becoming the “annoying new person.”
It’s great to be outgoing, but don’t forget to breathe, relax, and just be yourself. In due time, you’ll fit in.
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