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Guide to Surviving Your First Job

Updated on August 2, 2016
Your first job can turn out to be a fiery furnace that is virtually impossible to negotiate with the social skills you've learnt in college, but it most certainly can never turn out to be a blissful, fluffy heaven.
Your first job can turn out to be a fiery furnace that is virtually impossible to negotiate with the social skills you've learnt in college, but it most certainly can never turn out to be a blissful, fluffy heaven. | Source

Your first job can be incredibly daunting. Everything seems new. You are inexperienced. You don't know what to make of anything! You are totally at a loss. Here is help! Keep the following things in mind, and you won't do too badly!

Be punctual

Every employee of an organization is expected to be on time. This is especially true if the employee in question happens to be a fresher.A fresher who is regularly late to work is labelled as being "less dedicated" than the others.

Be diplomatic

In the work life, at most times, never call a spade a spade. Always endeavor to say the hard things as gently as possible. This will win you a lot of friends and fans.

Don't bitch about your boss when (s)he is not around

Even if your boss is the most evil creature that ever walked the face of our planet, never ever talk about him/her behind his/her back. This could get you in a bucket-load of trouble. For one, at the workplace, even walls have ears. Secondly, you cannot be sure that the person you are speaking to is really your friend. Thirdly, if the person you are speaking to is your friend, you cannot be sure that this will continue to be the case forever.

As a newbie at work, gossiping about your boss will get you into more trouble than anyone would care to admit. So, beware!
As a newbie at work, gossiping about your boss will get you into more trouble than anyone would care to admit. So, beware! | Source

Don't be too regular at work or you'll burn out

Yes, I actually said that! Take a day or too off every now and then. You aren't the Big Ben. You're just a human person after all. You can get burned out and lose your passion if you pretend to be the Big Ben.

Don't be overzealous!

That's right! Don't volunteer all the time! Let the others do the dirty work some of the time. If you show yourself to be the perfect slave, you will get the hardest tasks and burn yourself out pretty fast.

Don't get all pally-pally with your colleagues

Remember, you are new and don't know enough yet about the people you work with. For all you know, the person you consider your closest ally might be the worst backstabber, the one who relays distorted accounts of office happenings to the higher-ups.

Beware the traitors!

The traitors are among the most pleasant, charismatic, and agreeable people at work. They are also the most dangerous. They pretend to be huge fans of who you are, but the fact is that they really aren't. They don't care about you and will not think twice (or even once) about backstabbing you.

Beware the bottle!

DO NOT, at any cost, make a fool of yourself at office parties. Sure, there's a ton of free liquor flowing all over the place, but you don't want to wake up the next day feeling like an absolute jackass! Be aware of how much you drink.

Do not get drunk and make a fool of yourself, because this could make you a very sorry person the next day and every day after that.
Do not get drunk and make a fool of yourself, because this could make you a very sorry person the next day and every day after that. | Source

Eat on time!

In a hectic job such as yours, it's all to easy to forget the concept of food. Eating too little, too hurriedly, and too infrequently can make a wreck of even the heartiest of people. And your stomach will make sure it teaches you a lesson you won't ever forget.

Did you know?

Some of those nasty rumblings your stomach makes on the quiet work floor are pleas for food?

Communicate!

If you have problems on the job, let your boss know. Keep him/her up-to-speed with the challenges you face and the progress you are making. Believe me, you will be appreciated for this. At the same time, do not talk ill of your fellow employees.

Make it a point to communicate, especially with your boss.
Make it a point to communicate, especially with your boss. | Source

Remember to learn on-the-job

This is extremely important. Make it a point to learn as you go along the work journey. Make sure you learn from your mistakes and become a more mature person. If you don't, you may have to regret it later on. If you work with an open mind, you will surprise yourself over time.

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    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      This was a great, practice list. You don't have to be a goody-goody perfect employee to do a good job. Take care of yourself and have fun. Balance your own needs with those of the job.

    • Anna C Taylor profile image

      Anna 20 months ago from Around the World

      "Don't be too regular at work or you'll burn out" this is actually the best advice anybody ever gave me about my first job. If you overdo it you'll burn out early and that doesn't help anyone in the long run. Working long hours and doing extra work might be fine occasionally. But if you let it drive you crazy you're going to lose your edge.

      Great advice!

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