First Year at Work
The transition from college to career can be an exciting time for emerging professionals. However, that first year at work can also be a scary time for new grads as they get a foot in the door and lay the foundation for a successful career.
10 Tips for Success in the First Year of Work!
List developed by Shaquaya Shelby, Spelman College, ’05
Be humble! Lose the ego and sense of entitlement
Be a sponge! Strive to learn as much as possible about the culture of your new employer
Be resourceful! Know where to go for the answers you need
Be visible! Volunteer for projects that are available to you and speak up if you have valuable ideas to contribute
Be social and approachable! Network with team members in and outside of your department or immediate work group
Be patient! Mastery of your job function and rewards for your accomplishments will come in due time
Be honest! Have integrity and be accountable for your actions and choices
Be a good listener! Do a little less talking, a little more listening, and ask great questions
Be selective! Pay attention to the company you keep and surround yourself with positive, professional, and motivated peers. No gossiping or participating in office politics
Be prepared! Remain as punctual, professionally dressed, and well spoken as you were when you interviewed. Don’t get overly comfortable.