Starting a new job is exciting but can be challenging. There are a few things you can do before you start and at the beginning of your employment that will help you settle in and make a good first impression.
It’s important to consider things from the employer’s perspective: imagine owning your own business and recruiting university students or graduates to join your team. What qualities and behaviours would you expect your new staff members to display?
Your first days in any new role will set the tone of your longer-term engagement with your employer. It’s important to think carefully about the impression you want to make. Keep these points in mind to get off to the best start on day one:
Your time at university will have taught you many skills that will serve you well in the workplace. Review these skills before you start out and reflect on how they can assist you in your first days, and how you’d like to develop them in your new role.
In any new job, the first few months are very important. In this time you need to:
Many organisations include a probationary period for new employees (often three or six months), which makes this period crucial in terms of your performance, teamwork and contributions.
Particularly in the first months in a new role, it is important to check in regularly with your manager and ask for feedback and advice to ensure you are contributing effectively to team goals and meeting expectations.
You don't have to wait until you graduate to benefit from the resources, knowledge base and networking opportunities of a professional association. They can help you in your career both before and after you leave University.