Congratulations, Graduate. As you embark on the career of your choice – the one you studied long and hard for, your skills are more in demand than ever. Many industries are short-handed. We appreciate your enthusiasm and welcome you with these career-minded tips.
- Adopt an adaptable attitude
Many organizations find themselves in a near-constant state of shuffling staff and adjusting schedules to meet demands. That means employees with a willingness to work in various departments in an assortment of settings will be appreciated by a management team striving to cover all their bases.
- Get to know your co-workers
You’ll be spending a considerable amount of time with these folks, so of course, you’ll want to make an effort to get to know them. That means being friendly and approachable as well as considerate and open to making connections. It means approaching each shift with eyes and ears tuned in to your teammates. Soon, you’ll note their individual strengths and weaknesses, see who has the gift of encouragement, who is the go-to person for questions, etc. While a good working relationship makes any job more enjoyable, is it crucial in a fast-paced, challenging environment.
- Be teachable
A teachable disposition makes acclimating to a new position, especially a new career, so much easier. Let’s be honest; no one is drawn to a know-it-all. Accept the fact that each facility has its policies and strive to be an on-board team player by embracing the employer’s organizational structure and policies.
- Keep a notebook handy
The amount of information flowing your way in the first weeks and months on the job will be considerable. Instead of worrying about what you are or are not remembering, take notes in a pocket-sized notebook. Knowing you can refer back to these notes will make your new-on-the-job season less stressful. Consider creating several tabs to make it easier to find this valuable info later.
- Purchase comfortable shoes (steel toe if required)
Of course, if your new career will be spent behind a desk, this isn’t a factor, but the last thing you need for an on-your-feet job is painful, aching feet, knees, hips, or back. With a new position, check for the policy on footwear – if you do need steel-toed boots, purchase quality. While it may be helpful to seek footwear advice from friends or co-workers, what works well for others may not fit the bill for you. Put in the time and research to find the best footwear solution for you.
- Know the PPE Guidelines
If your new position includes additional PPE, come prepared. Sometimes it’s provided by an employer, but ensure you know your responsibility and follow through.
- Choose to become a lifelong learner.
Approach every shift with the expectation that you’ll learn something new—further your professional growth and development with workshops, seminars, and conferences. Via online or in-person opportunities, seek to expand your skills and experience. Join an industry association or online group. Subscribe to a pertinent journal.