Tips For Entering The Workforce For The First Time

Entering a new job can be nerve-wracking, intimidating, and overall overwhelming. First impressions, meeting new people, and finding your groove can be stressful. Thankfully, the following tips are easy to implement and will boost your confidence and lower your stress levels.

  1. Make the most of moments. According the TheConfusedMillennial’s article about entering the workforce post-college, work can feel exhausting and draining. Prepare for it by realizing before you even start that you’ll be tired, and by choosing to make the most of the free time you have. This article highlights taking time for yourself each morning, so that you feel in control of your day and that you’re accomplishing things for yourself. This article also highlights utilizing your lunch break to refresh yourself. Choose to take a few minutes and go for a walk, call your mom, or read an enjoyable story. By choosing to take ownership.
  2. Change your mentality. Forbes compiled an article with advice for recent college grads from their own Forbes Coaches Council members, and one piece of advice was to “Switch Your Focus” from a college student’s self-centered mentality to the others-focused mindset of a new employee. You’re a contributor, not a consumer. As a college student, your goal was to grow academically and increase your knowledge and skills. As a new (or potential) employee, your goal is to contribute to the company. By shifting the way you think, you’ll be setting yourself up for success as you stay on the same page with your employers and have a contributor mentality.
  3. Prioritize people. People matter, and the ability to work well with people is necessary in virtually all jobs. According to BioSpace’s article on entering the workforce, “humility and the eagerness to learn new things is what will separate you from many other professionals in your field of expertise.” BioSpace highlights the necessity of having a team-based mindset and of having a mentor as you start your new career. By listening and adhering to the advice of a trusted mentor in your field, you’ll be able to tackle what comes up with their experience and knowledge. Additionally, a mentor may be able to provide you with helpful connections within your field, tips, or ideas of how to work well with others. By networking with others, being a team player, and finding a mentor, you’ll feel supported and connected as you enter the workforce.

When you make the most of the moments of free time you have, change your mindset from consumer to contributor, and include people in your work, you will be well on the way to success. Additionally, these tips will help to ease any nerves and intimidation as you enter the workforce, because you’ll be connected and feel well-prepared. By taking time for yourself, you’ll feel confident that you’re accomplishing good things that you actually want to do, and by taking the advice of mentors, you’ll feel confident making career choices. Start implementing these tips today, and remember to give yourself grace as you take this new step in your life.

By Carissa Joy Burns

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