So, you’ve managed to secure your first job after graduation – well done! But the work isn’t over – here are some things to expect as you enter into your first year of employment.
You are going to make mistakes, but you’ll learn from them. No one expects you to get everything right the first time, so just be alert, try your best, and make sure you ask lots of questions. Ask for help from your colleagues, as well as your line manager, if you need it. Keep track of your mistakes and what you learn on the job so that you can look back on your progress and be proud of your accomplishments over the year.
You may have done a lot of work for your degree but heading into a full-time role with a strict routine is going to feel exhausting to begin with. Don’t worry, just make sure you’re getting enough sleep and eating well – you’ll adjust!
Not everything is going to be clear straight away, and you won’t feel confident in every task you do. On the other hand, you may find that during your first year you get a lot of the ‘boring’ tasks. If you do them well and don’t complain, you’re much more likely to impress. You’ll be expected to prove yourself and earn those exciting tasks.
This is one that a lot of graduates go through – you’re not alone. This is the feeling that you are a fraud and aren’t qualified to be doing the role you have secured. Trust us, you are – they wouldn’t have given you the job if you weren’t capable. If in doubt, remember, fake it ‘til you make it!
Training and development
Just as your employers will expect a lot from you during your first year, you should also expect help and support from them. You should be given training where appropriate and given the opportunity to progress over the course of your first year. Keep in communication with your line manager and with HR so that they know how you are getting on, where you need more support, and the goals you’d like to achieve.
It’ll go quick!
Time really does fly by when you’re working hard and have fun. This year is bound to hold a lot of ups and downs, but it will also go quickly, so make sure you make the most of your first year in employment and start to plan out your career goals!