For as long as you can remember, you have been studying. Right from your kindergarten days to that of college all that you have done in your life, is study. It has been your parents' (and of course that of the society's) primary expectations from you that you study well. The better you were at studies, the more of an ideal child you were considered to be. To be able to do well in studies you had to prepare notes, spend hours in the library or even go for tuitions. You did whatever it took to perform to the best of your abilities. It was because of the efforts that you had put in your student days that you have now landed yourself with a corporate job of your dreams.
However, now that you have landed yourself with a job, it is important to realize that things will be very different hereon. There will not be any terminal or semester wise examination. In lieu of that, there will be a new challenge every day. Every morning when you enter the office you will have to prove your worth in order to establish your stand in the workforce. Having said all that, there is a lot one can learn for their first job. This article talks about how someone who is fresh out of college can make the most out of their first corporate job.
1. Find Someone To Address Your Queries
The corporate life is a whole new world for you and it is obvious that in the process of adjusting to it, you will have a lot of queries and doubts. Do not worry about whether your doubt is stupid or not. Find a friendly person in the office and go ahead and bomb him or her with all your queries. Remember that you are a fresher and it is okay for you to have doubts. The faster you get these doubts (which may be procedural, cultural, technical or logical in nature) cleared, the faster you will climb up the corporate ladder. Do not ever be embarrassed to ask a doubt.
2. Identify The Quick Wins
While it is a well-established fact that there is no shortcut to success, the faster you identify your quick wins the quicker you set yourself on the road to success. Remember that at the end of the day your aim at the company would be to utilize your skills in order to provide maximum value to the company. After an initial couple of months at the company (wherein your aim would be to gather as much knowledge as possible), as a fresher your target should be to identify which of your talents or skills can be utilized for the benefit of the company and bring the same to the notice of your employers.
3. Understand What Is Expected Of You
Before you can think of performing well and impressing your manager, the first step would be to identify what he or she expects of you. While we understand that as a fresher seeking job, it was difficult for you to fathom the career path inside the company.Now that you are placed in the company try to figure out your career path. Once that is one set out short term and long term goals for yourself. Make sure that your short term goals align with that of your long term goals. Once that is done, work towards your short term goals so that your manager can see that you are interested in the process and that you are giving them the desired results.
4. Cut Yourself Some Slack
The first couple of months in the corporate world may be scary for you. There might be an enormous pressure to learn a lot of things and you might feel that you will never get it all. To make matters worse, this will perhaps be the first time when you have to report to someone and you might not know how to go about with it. Things may go out of hand (so much so that you may even feel that the corporate world is not for you and you may even consider quitting your job). At times like this it is important to realize that this is just a phase and all you have to do is believe in yourself and put your heart into what you are doing. Once you do that you will find your learning curve gradually ascending and yourself settling down in the corporate world.
5. Do Not Overwork
With that fresher zeal in you, you may often end up overworking. Do not do that because this will tire you out very soon. While it is encouraged that you put your best foot forward and work hard, overworking is not a good idea. If you do that in your initial days, you will be prompted to continue doing so in the future as well. This will disrupt your work life balance in the long run and leave you a depressed individual.
6. Remember That Everyone Was Once New At Their Job
In your college days, you had a lot of theoretical knowledge. However, little did you know about the practical side of things back then. Now that you have entered the corporate world as a fresher, things may seem very alien to you. This is all the way truer, if you are the only fresher in your project and everybody around you seems to know what they are doing. At times like that, it is important for you to remind yourself that the colleagues you see around you were also once new at their jobs and faced similar hurdles as you are facing now. It is only because of their perseverance and the fact that they did not give in to challenges that they are able to stand in their current position. Thus, if your mentors teach you something, it is important that you learn from them and use that knowledge as stepping stones to your path of corporate success.