First day at work? Some essential tips for your new job
Whether you’re starting out or moving to a new role, the first days in a new job are exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking.
In this blog post, we'll explore what it's like when you start work and some tips to help you reach your peak potential in your new role.
Getting to work on time is so important, particularly on the first day.
Make sure you’ve worked out how you’re going to get there – if you’re relying on public transport, make sure you’re familiar with the bus or train timetable. If you’re driving, what’s the best route – and do you need to allow time to find a carparking space? Getting there a little early will help to demonstrate your commitment to the job and allows you to settle in before the work day begins.
If you have a role which involves working from home, make sure you build in time for logging on, and getting your cuppa to hand!
Dress codes can vary significantly from one workplace to another, and will depend on the role you’re going to perform. It might be that you’re provided with a uniform by your employer. Check what’s expected before your first day – your recruiter or tutor, such as those at COPA, will be able to advise.
Be prepared to provide any necessary documentation or identification your employer may need to see. This could include your driver's licence, passport and national insurance details. If you were asked to complete and take any forms on your first day, make sure you’ve got them with you. You might be asked to provide your bank account details so you can get paid.
As part of your induction process, you’ll probably be expected to familiarise yourself with the company’s culture, policies, and procedures. Your manager will explain what’s expected of you in your role. You'll meet colleagues and get an overview of your responsibilities. Ask questions about the working day, for example when you can have lunch and take breaks.
You’ll probably have some mandatory training to complete as part of your induction – depending on your role this could include health & safety and safeguarding.
Training is likely to be part of your new role. Expect to receive training on your job tasks, the equipment and the systems you’ll be using. If you’re joining the organisation on an apprenticeship programme, on the job and off the job training will form a significant element of your working week. Embrace the training and development opportunities you’re offered, develop your skills and knowledge – and your career!
Remember that your first day is just the beginning of your journey and that pretty much everyone around you has been in that position before.
Listen to what’s said and discussed during training sessions and introductions to colleagues. Take notes, ask questions and seek clarification when needed. Think about how you want to present yourself to your new colleagues. Don't wait for others to initiate introductions; take the initiative to introduce yourself to your new colleagues.
Ask for feedback during your initial weeks on the job – ask what you’ve done well, and how you can improve. Your manager will probably schedule regular sessions to discuss feedback and progress in the early weeks and months.
Remember, the impression you make on your first few days can leave a lasting impact, so make it a positive one. Embrace the challenge, stay adaptable, and enjoy the opportunity that comes with a new job. It is full of possibilities and your first day is just the beginning.
I’m Hayley Davies, Youth Engagement Manager at COPA. I’ve worked with thousands of young people in my time, helping them to explore and reach their learning and career goals.
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