Few feelings match that of the moment you find out you’ve landed your first “real” job.
All the years of studying and the endless cups of coffee finally paid off, and you’re feeling destined to do extraordinary things in your chosen profession.
However, the moment you walk in the door for your first day, all that confidence and excitement can immediately turn into anxiety.
How do I introduce myself? Am I asking too many questions? Am I not asking enough questions? What was that person’s name again? Is it OK to invite a colleague to coffee to get their advice?
These questions—and many others—will rush to your head before panic inevitably sets in.
To offer guidance and ease some stress, Buchanan Public Relations recently released its “What College Should’ve Taught You, But Didn’t: The Top 100 Tips to Succeed at Your First Job.”
The communications agency interviewed recent college graduates and industry veterans to discover what they wish they had been more prepared for on their first day.
Here is a sampling of the responses (in boldface), along with our elaboration: