Navigating the ins and outs of the workplace can be tricky for new college graduates, depending on their work experience so far. If you’re a recent college grad, there are several effective work habits you can incorporate into your daily routine, regardless of the industry in which you work.
Consider this a crash course in Career Success 101. Establishing yourself as a hard-working employee now will go a long way in paving the way for your future career path and let your superiors know that you’re an integral part of the team. If that sounds appealing, make a point to adopt these effective work habits as outlined by Careerealism:
Volunteer. Signing up for assignments that others make a point to avoid is a great way to increase your visibility among your co-workers. Yet before you start signing up for every available opportunity, consider your current workload and your skills. Don’t give yourself a nervous breakdown by trying to fulfill tasks that are foreign to you, or that take you away from your primary workload. Instead, think of these volunteer tasks as extra credit — a way to supplement your existing tasks with other opportunities.
Prioritize your tasks. If you have a list of things to finish, you’re likely drawn to the work that interests you the most. We’ve all been there, right? Yet instead of focusing on your passion projects, make a note of what needs to be done first — even if it’s not high on your list of favorites. By getting the more time-sensitive work out of the way, you’ll have freed yourself to pursue the work you find more stimulating without compromising deadlines. Your bosses will appreciate your commitment to deadlines and completion, too.
Maintain a positive attitude. Office politics can be sticky and downright scary. Instead, maintain a friendly and positive attitude toward all of your co-workers. Try not to get embroiled in office drama, which usually never ends well. By keeping a positive attitude in even the most challenging situations, you’ll present yourself as a level-headed employee who chooses to focus on work rather than gossip, an image that illustrates your maturity and professionalism.
Another piece of advice? Don’t be overwhelmed by your newness to the workplace. Your colleagues and supervisors are there to help, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. And you might want to consider enlisting the aid of a mentor to help you navigate your workload and the company, as well as provide guidance about where your career is headed and what you can do to reach your goals. Before you know it, you’ll feel more acclimated to your office life and may have the chance to return the favor to a new employee.
What do you remember from your first work experience as a recent grad? Any other advice you’d offer to someone who’s just starting out in the workforce?
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