How to navigate through the highly coveted first job as a graduate

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How to navigate through the highly coveted first job as a graduate

Many of us graduate and walk into life after graduation without the slightest clue on what to expect. What it means is that you need to adapt, be flexible and become malleable because we live in an ever-changing world.

So, how do you survive at your first job without drowning?

It isn’t that bad, it’s your first job and you are ready to take on the world. You’ve just parted ways with your friends towards your journeys and also just left the safety net and comfort of your home. Now, could it be you have entered the lion’s den?  Not really, but it sure does feel like it and this could be quite daunting.

Here, are a few things I wish someone had told me before I started working.

If you are fortunate to have an on boarding on your first day or week, work becomes less overwhelming. You will get an overview of the company and who to go to when you need help with certain things. You have to learn to navigate through every unfamiliar thing, like remembering people’s names and faces which is tricky but important.

So, I would suggest trying to familiarize yourself with colleagues by spending a bit of time with them whenever a chance presents itself. Focus on building your relationships, personal growth, learnings through getting the experience. Here’s the thing, starting in a job as a recent graduate feels like you know nothing and it is quite a humbling experience. Take the time to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Remember this!

What I have learned from my experiences is that school provides us with a key foundation of knowledge. Corporate informs us is that we cannot rely purely on what we were taught at school. And that you must keep adding to your knowledge and failing plays a huge part in your learning. So, start being comfortable with failure, but obviously, acquire learnings and consistently strive for excellence.

The decorum in Corporate is so much more different to the one applicable in school. The most significant thing is to guard your peace and overall wellbeing. Don’t be anxious when you do not find your dream job immediately after graduation. Use that time to leverage the information around you and explore what it is that really interests you. Like I said, starting your job as a recent graduate feels like you do not know anything. However, if your job becomes monotonous, and prevents you from learning anything new you must grant everyone a favour and leave.

The key thing is finding work that makes you happy and proud because you will be most satisfied when you are challenged and continuously learning. In addition to your primary job, seek ways to get involved in your Organization and outside of it. Try to find a credible way to give back to the community by being a mentor or anything you can reasonably think of.

History has given us a responsibility to go out there and reshape the world. So, in the humblest way you can, help or create opportunities and your efforts will go a long way.

  • Lorraine Banda

 

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