First job is important for your career as well as a great learning experience. Because no matter what anyone tells you, you will have to go through everything on your own. You will make mistakes and there are a lot of things that you will learn by practice. People around you give advice but no one will actually tell you about things in detail and many things will surprise you. Your loved ones will talk about positives only.
Here are the 5 things that I wish I knew before starting my first job:
1) Take Responsibility When You Fail
As it is your first job, you will be making many mistakes but it is alright as long as you do not blame it on others. If you are having a problem, discuss it with someone who knows how to do it. Your colleagues will be ready to help you as they have made some mistakes too when they were not experienced. Own your mistake and try to learn more about it rather than stressing about it and feeling bad because you are not the only person who has failed.
2) Everyone Is Not Your Friend
This is so important. If you are someone who is friendly, you will definitely think everyone who is nice with you during work is your friend but that is not the case unfortunately. Even there will be people who will be nice to you and there will be people who will not help you and make an excuse but that is okay. Always focus on what you are doing, listen to others but do what you think is suitable for you. Build a work relationship with everyone around you in a professional way because once you will start working, you will realize there are so many ways that will mislead you, you have to figure out yourself what is best for you. Do not fall into any trap.
3) Professionalism Is The Key
What professionalism actually is? You will get to know as soon as you start working. I can not emphasise enough on how important it is. There is a proper way in which you have to communicate and work. You need to find a balance between what you know and what you do not. The things that you do not know, you can learn by observation and for that first few weeks are really crucial. Try to settle in the environment according to what is required rather than what you want as it will help in building a good impression of you.
4) It Is Important To Ask Questions
The inner voice will tell you to not ask any question as your boss will think you do not know anything. You have no idea how necessary it is to ask questions when you do not know how to do a certain thing. Never hesitate to do that. You will make things difficult for you if you do that. Always clarify things before working on a project. Talk in detail with your boss, it will save a lot of time and will help you in making less mistakes.
5) It Is Okay Not To Know Everything But Learning Matters
You definitely will not be aware of how things work specially when it is your first job. You will not know how to do your first task but it is not something you should be ashamed of. You are doing it to gain experience and that is important. Learning is the key. First job teaches you a lot. Be patient and savor the experience. Learn by observing, by making mistakes and by trying new things. The whole process will teach you something. You will leave with good and bad memories both but the things you will learn can not be taught, only experienced through practical work. Always focus on what you are going to learn from this and difficult tasks will seem easier to you. You will be to enjoy while doing something which is new to you.
I hope your first job provides you a learning experience that will help you in achieving your goals.