Top tips for starting a new role

If you’ve secured a role over the summer vacation, congratulations!

Whether it’s a summer job or an internship, your first day in the role is a bit like your first day at university – although you have done your research you’re still not sure what to expect.  Don’t panic! Have a read of our top tips to ensure you make the most of your role from day one:

  • Contact the company prior to your start date to find out whether there is a dress code policy. You don’t want to turn up wearing a smart suit if it’s the norm to wear jeans and a t-shirt!
  • Plan your route. It’s a good idea to have a practice run so that you’ll be able to leave for work with time to spare especially if you’re travelling during rush hour. Aim to arrive about 10 minutes before you’re due to start. This will show that you’re keen and will allow you time to collect your thoughts.
  • First impressions count. You’ll be introduced to a lot of new people. Smile and be prepared to briefly describe who you are and what your new role involves as you may bump into people out with your department when you’re having a break. It’s not expected that you’ll remember everyone’s names – it can take a few days.
  • Networking is important so get to know your colleagues. Remember, they could become your future colleagues or even provide you with a reference for a job application.
  • Be prepared. Your first day can sometimes feel like information overload so watch and listen. If a new task is explained to you, jot down notes that you’ll be able to refer to later.
  • Ask questions. If something isn’t clear, ask for clarification. Remember, there’s no such thing as a ‘silly’ question. If you stop and ask questions, your knowledge of the role will grow much quicker.
  • Set realistic expectations. Don’t expect to know everything after the first day. A new job involves a lot of practice, learning and time to adjust.
  • Be positive. It’s normal to enjoy some tasks more than others but whatever situation you find yourself in, stay positive and try not to come across as bored or frustrated.
  • You need to be 100% present at work so keep your mobile on silent mode. This will avoid the temptation to reply to good luck messages and Snapchats during work time!

…And remember, you’ve worked hard to secure your role so banish those nerves and enjoy your first day!



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