Starting any new phase in life is never easy. There are unknown challenges and unimagined obstacles that come our way and without experience, it is very difficult for any individual to tackle the same. The same holds good when people kick-start their career. Throughout their student life, individuals must have had high dreams and aspirations about the kind of life they would want to lead. However, when they join an industry, they realise that things are not as smooth as they would like them to be. Irrespective of whether you are going to work for a start-up or a more structured organisation, it is not fair on your part to expect to remain in your comfort zone and accomplish all your professional aspirations.
Now pushing past one's comfort zone is not an easy task for anyone, let alone a fresher. There are a number of problems that some fresher face during their first job. It is the lack of guidance at this point that makes the problems all the way more difficult to deal with.
To help you deal with problems, this article discusses 5 common problems that freshers face in the first few months of their career.
• Difficulty In Voicing Your Opinion
This is one of the most common issues freshers face. Many a time, they might feel that what they are doing is not correct or they might have better ways to get a job done. Due to their lack of experience in the field, they might have certain inhibitions about voicing their opinions.
This might be due to two reasons. The first reason for the same may be because they do not have faith in their knowledge of the subject and are scared about what will happen if they voice their opinion and the same turns out to be wrong or inefficient.
The other reason for freshers to be hesitant about voicing their opinion may be because the organisation does not encourage the same. In either case, the only way to grow in your career is by having faith in your abilities and voicing the same.
• Lack Of Job Satisfaction
Most students imagine life as a working person to be an ideal one. Upon joining their first job they come to terms with the harsh realities of the cruel world. At such a point, many freshers decide to call it quits. However, it is not the way out.
Irrespective of the domain you are working in or the experience that you are having, there will be some things about your job that you will not like. As a fresher, you must make conscious efforts to identify the good things about your job and remind yourself about the same.
This will help you take up a positive approach to life and work to the best of your abilities. Only when you decide to love your job will you be able to do justice to the same.
• Lack Of Technical Knowledge
You must have had very good scores throughout your student life but now that you are in the corporate world, you find yourself wondering how to get things done. Do not blame yourself for it. What you learnt in college is just the theoretical details and the applications of the same in the real world begin only now.
If you feel that you do not know about a particular thing, feel free to ask for help. Most organisations have mentors who are responsible for training freshers. Try to find out who your mentor is and approach them for guidance. In case your organisation does not have the concept of mentors, approach a senior colleague who is friendly.
Most people like the idea of helping freshers settle in the organisation. Alternatively, you can also try garnering the required technical skills by taking up digital courses.
• Difficulty In Adjusting To Long Working Hours
College life is a period when students are the most relaxed. In most places, the class hours do not extend beyond 5 or 6 hours on an average. However, once students enter the job scene, they find that they are expected to work for 9 to 10 hours straight. Often freshers find it difficult to adjust to such a schedule.
To deal with this, the first thing that you must do is try to come in terms with the fact that the joyful and careless days of your life are over and that you should work hard now. Once you have accepted that mentally, the rest is all cakewalk.
On the physical front, make sure that you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep on a daily basis. For this, you might have to cut down on your relaxation and hobbies and things like that; you can catch up on those things during the weekends (or your week-offs).
• Lack Of Networking Ability
Student life is all about doing your job well and excelling in your academics. However, things become different when you enter the job scene. Here you will realise that how well you do your job will be greatly dependent on how well others around you cooperate. It is then that you will feel the need for networking.
As a fresher (particularly those who are introverts or naturally shy), people find it difficult to effectively network with others. However, the earlier you learn this survival skill, the better corporate life will be to you. Make a conscious effort to greet people when you meet them and strike small talk whenever possible. Just because you were shy as a student does not mean that you cannot be an outgoing professional.