Everyone loves a top tip, especially when it comes to daunting, life-changing or momentous occasions in life; it’s always nice to hear other people’s opinions and get their thoughts, so you don’t feel like the only person in the world thinking a certain thing…trust me, you’re not!
So, with this in mind I thought now would be a good time to write a little blog about starting my new job. This is the latest momentous thing to happen in my life, and I genuinely can’t believe I’ve been at Jaywing PR for a month now. Cliché, but time definitely flies when you’re having fun!
I’m loving the job role, and it was completely the right decision for me; it’s amazing how quickly you can soon feel settled somewhere! Starting a new job, and making that change and commitment can be bloody scary, so here’s some tips to remember to make the whole process a tiny bit less nerve-wracking:
First day nerves
Don’t worry, this is COMPLETELY normal! We all get them, whether we like to admit it or not. I think the key is to plan out your first day, in terms of what you can control. For example, make sure your alarm is set, bag packed the night before, lunch made and in the fridge and train ticket bought. This will all help to ease the pressure and make the day go smoother.
Yes, I did make this word up, but this is actually how my brain felt after the first day/week. It’s normal though I’m told… you’re taking in new information, learning new topics and subjects and just generally concentrating on everything being said. Your head may feel slightly mashed but just embrace it and take it all in your stride.
Organisation is key
Boring one, but I’ve already mentioned that it’s important to be organised on your first day; this should happen every day really, especially if you’re commuting to work. For me, I’ve had to get used to getting up at 6am and not getting home until 9pm most nights (I go to the gym after work), which is all good and my choice, but it just means I have to be that little bit more organised.
Put the kettle on!
It really does go without saying, everyone loves a good old brew! Suss out the drink situation and don’t forget to ask the team if they’d like a cuppa when you’re making one. I was chatting to a friend about this, and he told me that he made a plan of where his new colleagues sat in the office and also wrote down their brew preference (tea two etc etc); one way of making a good impression!
Asking questions is okay!
I remember my mum hammering this into me as a child throughout school, so I’m pretty cool with asking questions. It’s one of those things, no question is stupid if you don’t know the answer, it’s how we learn. Just remember to write the answer down so you know for next time.
Get to know your work buddies
Imagine how much time we actually spend with our work pals in comparison to other people in our lives, A LOT. Get to know the people you’re with every day, there will be loads of different personalities and characters, so it’s fun and exciting getting to know the new people in your life!
Seems pretty obvious, but don’t be afraid to be yourself, come out of your shell and shine… be bold, be amazing and be true to you!