Starting your first job – six ways to make the most of it

Dan Daltrey, August 27, 2018

Nervousness, Excitement, The impending reality of adulthood.

These are just some of the things you may be experiencing before beginning your first ever job.

As a recent graduate who has just taken their first step on the career ladder, I know all too well about the challenges that come with adjusting to life in the workplace. However, after surviving the first few fast-paced weeks, I’ve learnt not only how to adapt to working and my job, but also how to make the most of this exciting period in my life.

If you are a fellow new job starter, here are some handy tips to help you through your first couple of weeks.

Come Prepared

Ensuring you have everything ready is crucial to making your first day go as smoothly as possible. Be sure to organise all the various paperwork and documentation that HR will need to set you up and anything else you’ve been asked to bring.

Also, make sure you know about the little things you might forget about such as your commute, the time you have to get up and the office dress code

One of the best ways to make sure you’re prepared is to…

Ask Questions

They say that no question is a silly question, this is never more true than when you’re just starting out somewhere.

Whether it’s a more complex question about the work that you’re doing or something as (seemingly) simple as how to use the coffee machine, you’ll never know until you ask!

Even after you’ve asked for help, it’s important to remember…

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, it’s a part of anyone’s working life. This is especially true if you’re doing something you’ve never done before. Not everything you try will work and some of your labours may not bear fruit.

However, it’s important to not let these mistakes get you down and give up, keep at it. You’ll win more plaudits for trying something new and failing than not trying at all.

The people around you can help when this happens, so it’s important to…

Get to Know Everyone

It’s easy to feel alienated when entering a new surrounding where nobody really knows you. However, the ‘new guy’ label won’t stick with you very long and before you know it, you’ll be part of the furniture.

Also, be sure to branch out from those you work closely with and are in your team. Get to know everyone in the office from the experienced managers to the other new recruits, you’ll never know how well you’ll get on with someone until you speak to them.

One good way to get to know people is to…


Taking on something you’re unsure about is never easy. There are many times you’ll be asked to do things that are not necessarily in your job description. It is in these moments that you can really prove yourself and in turn, discover skills that you may not even know you had!

This doesn’t just apply to your work. Be sure to take up your colleagues offers for lunch or a pint after work. It’s the best way to get to know people and make yourself more comfortable in your workplace.

After all of this, it is most important to remember to…

Enjoy Yourself!

This is an easy thing to forget with the information overload of your first few weeks, but you’ve made it! All your hard work in the application process has paid off and you’ve finally landed that dream job.

Celebrate your successes, form new relationships and spend that well-earned pay check!

Don’t panic, take a step back and revel in your achievements, you’ve earnt it. Remember, this is the first small step in the journey that is the rest of your life.