No matter what the area of work it is, working and enduring in an enormous establishment can be a challenge. While I was in school, my teachers and ‘guidance counsellors’ painted adults life as this fulfilling destination that brings eternal happiness and a never ending bank-account. The equation was basic, do well in school + good jobs = successful. Having a few digits in my current account doesn’t hurt, but there are some things I wish people would have pointed out before I jumped head first into a full-time job. While at work this morning, I couldn’t help but think of a few things I have discovered that were never pointed out to me in school.
Managers should not be feared.
At my age and with my first job, it was natural for me to be intimidated by the leaders around me. They have more knowledge and experience, they know how the building and the business works. But it’s also important to remember everyone had to start somewhere. It’s very rare managers automatically assumed this position without building up from somewhere. Managers vary depending on the company or area of work – but there is no reason to fear them. I’m lucky to have a very kind boss, but I know this isn’t always the case. Standing up to whoever’s in charge for what you believe is right isn’t against the law, plus it shows your workmates you’re not weak or to be pushed around.
Asking questions doesn’t mean you’re stupid.
Every employee has to ask questions at some point, even those in charge. When I first started, I went through a form of training but this was an entirely new area of work that I wasn’t familiar with. I work in investments and barely scraped a maths GCSE. So it become logical to just ask about what I didn’t understand. It’s better to have peace of mind while working, rather than worrying about what mistakes could be made due to fear of speaking up. Don’t look as mistakes as a bad thing, they can be the best way to learn.
Notebooks are my best friends.
When I first started, there were a few other newbies around me so I didn’t feel too nervous. However, not one of them brought a notebook. I was the only one who did and tried not to feel flustered by being the odd one out. Fast forward by two weeks, and half of the new employees were asking to photocopy the notes I made during the first week of training. Write down as much as possible, you never know when the jottings will come in handy.
Make some human friends.
Working all day can easily become tiring so there’s no reason why there can’t be some element of fun or entertainment. I got tired of sitting without saying a word, so I struck up a conversation with an employee sat close to my desk. It wasn’t long before the whole office joined in and time passed before we knew it! Socialisation is good for the mind and is a great way to get work done without getting too distracted from the job.
Evenings are everything.
Finishing work at five in the evening isn’t the greatest thing, but I know it could be worse. After getting home at about 6pm, I’m exhausted. But remembering the evenings are very valuable and precious motivates me to shower and blog in my spare time. It was only once I started working that I noticed how quickly the weekend moves compared to the weekdays. It’s important to take time to relax, but having a shorter amount of time after work certainly keeps me organised and efficient.
Working full time has given me more motivation than school ever did. After seeing where some of the highest people in the company begin, it helps me to aspire to lead a successful career in my own time and try to take in as much as possible. Working also motivates me to blog more often and communicate with others in this ever-growing community.