First Job

Most of us after studies have to start with a ‘First job’. Whether jitters or nervousness every body may have to undergo striking of the problems soon after you accept your first professional job. It’s nothing to feel ashamed of though for everyone goes through those feelings of angst as they get ready to face their first job. In fact, it’s completely normal to experience anxiety during your first several days, or even weeks, of work.

While it is impossible to erase the first job anxiety one can minimize the jitters by understanding what exactly the job will be like. And how exactly do you do that? By doing some whatever the job is, if it’s your first one the more you know it better it is more comfortable feeling.

Let’s take a look at some potential causes of anxiety and their solutions:

No one in your office is there to welcome you, you feel lost and ignored. You may feel initially It is a lonely world out there. But this doesn’t happen everywhere. As a newcomer, it’s highly intimidating situation. You may be unsure of what to do or where to go.

If you have received instructions to contact anyone specific, do so. Else just remain calm, look around for someone to approach, introduce your self and ask for assistance. Once you get to know a few people, things will change and start looking up.

You feel overwhelmed by the requirements of the job. You wonder if you will be able to cope up with the job and start feeling the heat. But if boss is diligent and knows how to groom fresh talent he can be of good help in making your job interesting and provide means for learning more job related things.

Avoid the discomfort of plunging into new job by researching the work environment before accepting a position. If permissible spend a few hours at the workplace talking to employees and getting a sense of how things work there. If that is not possible try to extract as much information as you can during initial conversations with the recruitment manager. In practice this may not be possible with many fresh candidates as they may not have clarity about jobs and working environment. However, they can ask a few questions with the HR and potential immediate boss about the nature of work etc.

Working for peanuts

You are to earning as much as you expected. Even those who have prepared for jobs in the high paying sectors can be faced with lower than expected starting salaries.

Educate yourself about the profession’s average salary at your experience level Then before accepting the position, try to negotiate your salary. If the salary is still too low for you, try negotiating for other perks or incentives (especially non-monetary ones like flexitime other facilities etc).

The working hours are too long. Longer hours are becoming more common in the work place. Even employees in traditional jobs can expect to put in extra time occasionally.

Do some detective work in terms of finding out what work hours you should expect. If you can get in contact with current employees, ask them what time they really leave of the day.

Contrary to every employee’s dreams, they may not always get a posh office to work in. Cramped space, poor lighting, or improper ventilation can make working difficult in some offices.
First of all, It is important for you to know that many new employees start their career in a cubicle these days. However, often the other perks at your first job make your office space (or lack of it) and low salary bearable. For example facilities such as an onsite canteen/cafeteria, crèche, gym, or other incentives can tilt the scale towards the positive.