College to Career, Pt. 3: Tips for Your First Day at Your New Job

College to Career, Pt. 3: Tips for Your First Day at Your New Job

By Kristy Sipiorski May 2, 2016
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This is the third in a three-part series to help prospective college graduates prepare for a smooth, successful transition between college and a career in the real world. Part one focused on steps you can take right now. Part two offered advice on preparing for a successful job search. Part three will help you prepare for your first day on your new job.

If you are a college student who is getting ready to graduate and start a new career, you might be worried about life after college and entering “the real world.” Here are some tips on how to succeed in the next few months, as you get ready to begin a rewarding career:

Your first day of work as a college grad is an exciting one. You’ve done it! All the hard work has paid off and you are about to start, well, getting paid. Before jumping right in, you should take some time to prepare for your big day. Below are some tips on how to make the day, and your first few months, a success.

Tips to prepare for and handle your first day of work:

  1. Know the attire – Before your first day in your new role make sure you find out the dress code and what is considered appropriate attire. In many companies business casual is the norm, however, depending on your role and the company you choose, you may need to dress more formally. Avoid any awkwardness on the first day by finding out in advance.
  2. Prepare your elevator speech – Everyone you meet your first few days is going to be introducing themselves to you. This is an opportunity to make or break a first impression. Spend time thinking about and practicing what you will say. You can find great examples online to get you started.
  3. Keep communication professional – Whether you are on a call, sending an email or responding to an instant message, remember to keep the communication professional. Even if your boss sends you a humorous email, do not respond with an “LOL.”
  4. Don’t get frustrated – Your college professors have taught you a lot over the course of your education, and it will help you to succeed. However, anytime you start a new job there will be a learning curve. There will be new acronyms, new duties, new responsibilities and it may be be overwhelming at times. Be patient — you will catch on soon!

Check out Schneider’s additional resources for college graduates.

Do you have any tips for starting a new job?


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Kristy is a logistics solution design manager who has been with Schneider since 2011. She has also managed Schneider’s corporate social media initiatives and college recruiting strategy. Kristy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication.

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