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Jemini Dalal
almost 6 years ago by Leah Miller


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‘The future depends on what you do today.’
Mahatma Gandhi

Starting a new job is an extremely daunting process, but one that almost everyone must go through during their life time. Although a new job is scary it can also be very rewarding and you should be excited to be starting this brand-new adventure. Of course, it’s normal to feel anxious before starting a new job. In fact, it’s perfectly normal and it shows that you care.

So how can you make your first day less terrifying and more exciting?

Prepare, prepare, prepare.

Ring or email your boss and ask if there’s anything you can do before you start to help you prepare for your first day at work. Ask them what they’re expecting from you before you start your first day, this will help you feel more prepared and hopefully less anxious to start your new role.

Work out the logistics:

Make sure you know where you’re going and what time you need to leave. Starting a new job is stressful at the best of times, but the last thing you want is to be running late, not having a clue where you are going. It might help you if you do a test run before your first day so you are clear on where to go.

Ask for help:

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Of course, as a newbie there will be things you don’t understand and things you need to ask for help with. So just ask. What’s the worst that can happen? It’s better than being sat worrying at your desk not knowing what you’re doing.

Think positively:

Never think about the worst things that can happen. Before you leave to start your first day try and put yourself in the best mood possible. If this means listening to your 1980’s guilty pleasure pop music then go for it! Have your favourite breakfast! These little things will put you in a better mood and leave you feeling more enthusiastic and ready to start the day.

Arrive early, leave late and do not call in sick:

Turning up to work late on the first day is never an option. This will completely damage your reputation and will not give people the best first impression of you. If you do find yourself in a situation where being late is completely unavoidable then call your new employer as soon as possible.

Get involved:

Take opportunities to go to social events outside of work with your new colleagues. Seeing your peers outside of work can really help you to bond with them and get to know them a lot better. 66% of people have said that they would refuse a higher paying job if this meant not getting along with the potential colleagues working there.