How to Survive the First Week at Your New Job

Posted on: September 20th, 2018

Congrats, you got the job! Once you’ve celebrated this pinnacle moment in your life, you might start to feel a mix of emotions such as excitement, anxiety, or even fear of the unknown void that is true adulthood. However, the good news is that it’s completely normal to feel this way, especially when it may be your first official job out of college. But don’t internally panic just yet. Here’s how to not only survive but thrive during your first week.

Get Ready to Meet People

On your first day, expect to be paraded around and introduced to literally all the people. These intros are brief, usually a tad awkward, and there’s no way you’re remembering everyone’s name, let alone what their roles are and how you’ll be interacting with them. Make sure to set aside time to get to know your new colleagues, especially those with whom you’ll be working closest. Schedule time to grab a cup of coffee, have lunch, or even take a walk. You’ll be spending a good chunk of your week with these people and working side-by-side on projects together, so forging good relationships will only go to make a more enjoyable and productive work life.

Do your research

Although you’ve probably done a good amount of research before your first interview, it’s good to keep those habits going even after you’re hired. Learn the company in and out right from the beginning so you know what you’re doing and how it plays a role in the company’s success. Also, find out how the industry around you is changing and how that could affect your company and your work. Start reading the trade publications for your industry and get to know your new business landscape. Better understanding of your industry and business make you better able to make decisions. Even if you’re not in a position to make high-level decisions just yet, your insights will soon be recognized, and you’ll become a more valuable member of the team.

Ask questions

This is where many new hires, especially those going into their first entry-level position, will fall behind. Asking questions is necessary to learning and understanding your role. Your first week is your free pass to ask as many questions as you want. However, you should still be considerate of time. Start by trying to find the answers for yourself; this will also show how resourceful you are. Look through the resources available to you on the company website, onboarding paperwork, etc. Consolidate your remaining questions and find a good time to go through them, or you can even send an email. This will help you keep a record of all the answers.

Your first week can definitely have its challenges—learning new processes, jargon, and responsibilities—but it’s also one of the most exciting and rewarding times, especially when you get your first paycheck.

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