Learn to adapt in a professional environment
Professionalism is very important. When in a professional environment, constantly think about the language that is used, whether it’s a verbal or written conversation. Remember you’re in a formal setting so it is imperative to use formal language. Try not to use slang when writing an email or letter and consistently double check for any grammatical errors. It would not be the best representation of yourself if when sending emails/letters they have mistakes.
The days of wearing trainers and hoodies are sadly over. The way you decide to present yourself is very important, in most professional working places it’s a requirement to dress smartly. Make sure the clothing you wear falls in line with the company policies. It’s not a great representation of yourself if you are coming into work with un-ironed and unclean clothes as it could give off an impression that you don’t care.
Punctuality comes into play with professionalism. Always try your best to be consistently punctual, not just for coming into work, but also for meetings or deadlines. If you know you’re going to be late or you are not going to be able to hand in a piece of work on time, always let your superiors know in advance with a justifiable reason.
Get into a routine
Being a student for many years has probably got you into a routine that would have you going to bed and waking up whenever you want. It’s important to get yourself into a routine where you are going to bed at a reasonable time as this can benefit your performance at work. The worst thing you could do is come into work every day tired and not performing to the best of your ability because of not having enough sleep.
Manage your finance
I’m sure being a strapped for cash as a student results in many funny stories to tell friends and family. Now as you are maturing into adulthood you must be a bit more responsible. It is important to manage your money, especially those who have several responsibilities such as paying rent, petrol for the car or public transport. Make sure your money can stretch for the whole month. For extra help, many organisations offer many money-saving benefits, so do your research and find out if the benefits apply to you.
Attend social events
After a long hard day of work, the last thing on your mind is going to a networking event. It may not seem relevant or important. In fact, getting to know your colleagues personally can help you professionally. For example, it helps with coping with hard days in the office. In addition, by networking you can learn from others about the company and their experience could benefit you in the future. If you work for a big organisation, they normally offer opportunities to join a group or societies depending on your interests, it’s a great way to meet new people.
Be Open to learn
Learning does not stop at university, always be open to learning new things. Most employers understand that you’re a graduate, but they would rather not spoon feed you every bit of information. So be a sponge and soak up all the information that is given. Get a notebook and write down all the information if it helps.
Clean up your social media
This is optional, but I think this should really consider this. Many organisations don’t just check your CV or how you come across in an interview, they also check your social media. So, whenever your posting anything always remember you’re are on a public platform. You don’t want to lose opportunities based on your unprofessional social media platforms when this can simply be avoided. Remember, not only are you representing yourself you are also representing the company that you are working for.
Make Time for yourself
When starting a new job, it is very easy to emerse yourself fully into it without making time for yourself. Making time for yourself can result in improving the quality of your performance at work. For example, if there is a difficult issue that has come up at work sometimes taking a break can help to clear your mind and help come up with fresh ideas to resolve the issue. Whether if it’s a hobby or socialising with friends regularly make it a priority.
By Beatrice Odunusi, a Vantage Point Consultant