Hi I’m Penny from Wall Street English.
Today I’m going to give those of you who are fresh graduates some advice for entering the workforce.
1. Be Patient
Working life is completely different to school life, things are new, tasks are new, people are new, goals and motivations are new. So give yourself and others a break. Give yourself time to learn and adjust. Things are not going to be perfect from day one.
2. Take Responsibility
No one is going to parent you, so take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Apologise when you make a mistake, because you will make mistakes. Arrive at interviews on time and if you can’t make it, call and cancel. Don’t be late for work and do the tasks you’ve been given to the best of your ability even if they aren’t satisfying or inspiring – it’s part of the job!
3. Work on Professional Development
Sorry, but studying didn’t end with graduation! A big part of work life is further education. Working and career-building can be very competitive, so make sure you’re keeping up with your credentials.
4. Think Before You Speak and Keep Listening
We know that this is all new for you and you have a lot to prove, but be careful with what you say and how you say it. Respect the people around you, they’ve got some experience so listen to them before you disagree. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have your own opinion, of course you should, but think about it carefully first before you shout it from the rooftops. And if you feel that you should definitely say something, think about how to bring your point across without being offensive or dismissive.
5. Don’t take things too seriously
And finally, have fun! Don’t take things too seriously otherwise the only person you will stress out is yourself! Work life balance is of utmost importance.
That’s all for today!