How to Prepare for Your First Office Job
So, you’re starting your first office job? First of all, congratulations! Landing your first office job can feel like a real accomplishment. It might also feel somewhat intimidating. So many questions are flying around; what should I wear? Who should I hang out with at lunchtime? What if I can’t do the tasks the job requires?
It’s normal to have doubts. To put your mind at ease, here are our four top tips on how to prepare for your first office job. Remember, you’re starting your first day in your new role because you chose it, and your employer chose you – it should be mutually beneficial, so put your best foot forward and have confidence in yourself.
4 Top Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Office Job
How to Prepare for Your First Office Job – Tip #1
A notoriously tricky thing to get just right, a lot of us feel nervous about whether our outfit choice will hit the right mark in the office. Unless you have been taken around the office during your interview, it’s difficult to know what the vibe is. The general rule is to dress more formally than usual on your first day; this way you won’t feel embarrassed about being underdressed.
Of course, you can also gauge the office attire by the kind of company you’re going to be working for. If it’s a big conglomerate or chain you might be expected to dress smart. Consider wearing a knee-length skirt and a blouse paired with some black tights, or smart trousers with a shirt or blouse. If it’s a trendy start-up, it’s more likely to be casual, and jeans are commonly allowed.
Further Reading: The Dress To Impress Business Edition – How to Stand Out In Style
How to Prepare for Your First Office Job – Tip #2
It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how many adults don’t get enough sleep. After lockdown rules eased, it came as a shock for many to have to revert back to factoring in getting ready and the commute to work.
Get your sleeping schedule back on track by going to bed and waking up 15 minutes earlier every day. Do this the week before your first day so that the early morning start isn’t such a shock.
Further Reading: How To Relax After A Long Day At Work
How to Prepare for Your First Office Job – Tip #3
If you’re new to the office, most workplaces will make an extra effort to invite to you lunch and coffee so that you can get to know teammates in a more relaxed environment. If this starts to wane after a while, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and keep the lunchtime socialising going.
If you’re finding it difficult to catch anyone away from their desk, do an afternoon’s work in one of the communal spaces. This way, people are much more likely to socialise with you. As for out-of-office socialising, do it! From summer BBQs to Christmas parties and after-work drinks, this is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues on a more personal level.
How to Prepare for Your First Office Job – Tip #4
Starting a new office job is full of challenges. If you’re daunted by the change, don’t be afraid to ask any questions before your starting date. This will give you peace of mind in the run-up to your first day.
Further Reading: 4 Effective Ways You Can Simplify Your Work Life
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