Work Advice

Don’t expect to know Everything!

Starting a new job is never easy, especially if you have just come from university; you may fall into the illusion that you already know everything. You may think that because you’ve attended the lectures and achieved firsts in all of your modules that you know everything.

So when you start work and you get stuck on something you can get very demoralised, (especially if you’ve asked for help- and it’s a five minute fix). However the thing is your boss, your co-workers, everyone, no-one expects you to go in there and know everything.

That’s why when you start work there is normally an induction process, they are teaching you how things work, and it is there to bring you up to speed on some things that you need to learn that you may not know already. And even after the induction process you are still allowed to ask for help and ask questions.

Yes, you may have done really well in university, but a working environment is very different; you may find that you end up doing something in a different way to the one you were taught, and you have to adapt.

And of course University can’t teach you everything, there will be things that you do in work that you haven’t learn’t in University and that’s what one of the things work is; a learning experience. And while your working there you will start to learn more.

Anyway my tip of the day is that don’t start work expecting to know everything, because you don’t, and don’t be disappointed that you don’t know everything. You are at work to learn new skills and improve your old ones.

So that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn!

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Getting Used To Work

When you start work, it’s a shock to the system. Especially when you’ve been so used to working in your own environment. However, there are some tips that you can use for your own benefit that will hopefully make that transition a little easier.

1. If You Can, Bring A Comfort Belonging
For the first month at work, every day I brought a photograph of me and my girlfriend with me, tucked neatly away inside my backpack, just when I got nervous about something, I just opened my notebook, saw the photo and felt a little better about not knowing what I’m doing.

2. Don’t Expect To Know Everything
It’s something that everyone goes through when they start working, but you are only there to learn more, to increase your knowledge. It’s only normal to feel like you’re behind everyone else and that’s okay! It’s only a temporary feeling. Once a month or so passes you’ll feel a lot more comfortable.

3. Treat Yourself
I know it’s been said before, but at the end of your first week or month, go and buy yourself something. A coffee, a new magazine or a book. You deserve it after working so hard to get used to your new environment.

4. Don’t Get Big Headed
Don’t believe that you are better than that place. Even if you’re working in a fast food place and you have more qualifications than everyone else (I’ve seen an old friend do this and got fired in a week). Everyone there is in the same boat as you, all trying to make money so that they can feed themselves and their families and pay their rent.

5. Try Not To Worry About Getting Everything Right
You’re going to make mistakes. That’s a part of life, and a bigger part of life is accepting you made those mistakes and moving on from them. Once you’ve done that, you can do anything. I made a pretty big error in my second month of work that cost us 4 hours. It’s only natural to make mistakes and as long as afterwards you can deal with it cleanly and professionally, then that’s wonderful.

And lastly. Be yourself. No one there is out to get you. Sure, you might meet people you really don’t get on with, but that’s okay. You’re not there to make friends, you’re simply there to go in at the start of the day, do what is asked of you, and go home at the end of the day. If they hired you, they would have done it because you were the best for the job. So don’t worry at first, because humans can do amazing things, and it’s all about dipping your toes in the water.

Until next time!
Conor ^-^

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Bring CVs to Career Fairs!

Hey everyone, Kathryn here! I remember a while back one of my tips a while back being ‘go to career fairs’ and today I’m going to expand on that. So for today by tip of the day is bring CVs to career fairs.

Going to career fairs is all well and good, but what happens when you go to a career fair and see a company you really like and they seem really interested in you but you don’t have a CV on you?

How, if they like you are they supposed to contact you without a CV? CV’s highlight your skills and qualifications and they also provide contact details for both you and your references.

CV’s make it easier for employers to contact you if you give out your CV during a career fairs. A company are unlikely to contact you if you have just written your email on a piece of paper.

I’ve been to two careers fairs (one of which ultimately helped me get my IY) and I ended up printing 30 CVs. While I didn’t give out 30 CVs it was definitely useful to have them on hand to give to an employer.

However you shouldn’t just go up to a company and give them your CV! Prove to them that you are interested in the company, and prove to them that your a good fit for the company.

If you are interested in the company, and you give them your CV and if your skills match what they are looking for. You never know they might contact you and offer you an interview.

So on a final note, bring CVs to interviews! And that’s all for me for today, until next time, Kathryn.

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Treat Yourself! (just don’t go too crazy)

Hey everyone, payday is on the horizon which brings me to my tip of the day treat yourself (just don’t go to crazy).

When you start a new job there is no greater feeling than that feeling you get when you get paid. Mainly because a) you’ve got money! And b) you survived a month (or however long you’ve been working there for).

Payday and the fact that you have money provides you the perfect opportunity to treat yourself. And I’m not just talking about grabbing a quick coffee, treat yourself: get the book or game you’ve been after. After all you work hard so you deserve to treat yourself.

However, although it’s a good idea to treat yourself it’s also your responsibility to make sure you don’t go too far when you’re spending money. Don’t buy the most expensive computer or games console when you get your first pay check.  

Only spend the money you have, and don’t risk buying something if you know you might run into financial difficulties later on in the month.

So on that note, my advice to you would be to treat yourself: after all you’ve worked hard to earn that money but don’t go to crazy. Work out how much you’re spending on bills and rent and make sure you have enough if you’re making any big purchases.
Until next time, Kathryn

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Be Positive!

Hi everyone Kathryn here and for today’s tip of the day I’m going to suggest you to do something that we should all do regardless of where we are in our lives and that is be positive. 

When the going gets tough, and things start to go wrong it can be pretty hard to be positive. And when things go wrong this is the most important time to be positive. We need to just think positively and pick ourselves up again.

The question is how are we supposed to do that when we’re feeling so low? And the answer to do that is remember. If you’ve started a job or started university then the best thing to do is to remember how you got there.

When you were applying for university you would’ve gotten the grades to study there, if you ever feel like you don’t belong on the course remember that you applied and you got in. They wanted you and they choose you to be on that course.

Similarly if you’re starting a job and you ever feel that you’re not good enough. Just remember that they choose you. And you impressed them at the interview. You have as much of a right to be there as any other person in the company.

So just be positive, you deserve to be there and just remember that.

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Switch off from Work!

Hi everyone, so for today’s tip of the day is something that I can find very hard to do and that is switch off from work.

At university (especially if you’re living in halls) it can be very hard to switch off from work because you’re living where you’re working. And sometimes it can feel like you’re constantly surrounded by work and can’t get away from it.

However when you start work it’s another story entirely. When you start working, yes you are there for 8 hrs a day, but unlike university and school you have the opportunity to switch off as soon as you leave the office.Remember when you’ve finished work for the day, you’ll need time to recharge and relax for the next day. So once you’ve left the office stop thinking about work and switch off and relax! Make a cup of hot chocolate/ tea/ coffee and turn on the telly or read a book, you deserve it!

So that’s my tip of the day switch off from work and just relax.

Until next time, Kathryn.

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Take Coffee and Tea Breaks!

Hi everyone, so for today’s tip of the day I’m going to talk about something that I didn’t originally do when I started work but it is something that I wished I did when I started. And that is… take coffee and tea breaks… (or even just pop to the kitchen to get some water if you don’t drink tea or coffee).

After reading that you’re probably thinking “what!? She can’t be serious, you’re at work to work, not drink tea!” And yes, you are at work to work but that doesn’t stop you from having a tea break halfway through the morning or afternoon.(Tea breaks are fine as long as you don’t go completely over the top and have one every five minutes).

However speaking from experience I normally find that it’s good to have a five minute tea break in the middle of the morning to keep me going until lunchtime. There are two pros to this a) you’re proving to your manager that you are a human and not a robot. And b) tea breaks can be a good way to socialise.

(Tea breaks I think will also prove to your manager that your settling in and relaxing more and work).

Normally when I go to make a cup of tea there is normally someone else getting a drink, and this can be a good way to interact with your colleagues (especially with the ones that you don’t directly work with).

Also if you’re in a company where there hasn’t been any formal introductions then it could be a good way to meet new people and introduce yourself.

And that’s all for now, see you next time with a new tip, Kathryn.

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Arrive at work early!

Hi everyone! So for today’s tip I have used my own experience to gather some tips on an experience that we will all have sooner or later: starting a job.

And whether we like it or not there are some tips that you should adhere to to become successful/ or at the very least impress your manager. And one of those tips is to arrive at work early.

Now that you have just read the previous paragraph you are probably groaning; why should you spend more time than you need to at a place where you’re already spending the majority of your day? And that’s because if you arrive early you will probably impress your manager with your enthusiasm.

I’m not saying go completely over the top and arrive to work half an hour early (partly because you may find yourself locked out and waiting for someone to open the door if you don’t have a master key). But by turning up just ten minutes early you will likely impress everyone with your enthusiasm. (And is that ten minutes extra at home really going to make that much of a difference?)

Normally, I arrive to work ten/ fifteen minutes early (partly because I’m terrified of being late). During those ten minutes I normally go make myself a cup of tea and say good morning to whoever is in the office before going to my desk.

You don’t have to start work before nine/ eight-thirty whatever, but if people know you’ve arrived early then you’ll likely be remembered as the person who arrives early. (Which is better than being known as the person who turns up late).

And that’s all for now, until next time, Kathryn!