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How to survive your first job?

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Congratulations, you have passed the interview and preliminary exams required and you have been hired by X company. You have placed your best foot forward and lured them to buy everything that you’ve said during the interview. What now? Chances are, you will be offered a minimum or basic salary for a probationary post. How do you survive your first job?

Be honest. You are already accepted to the company, no need to pretend like you know everything. Accept the fact the many people know more than you do, no matter where they are from. It is no longer a battle about who graduated from which university, and who ranked higher. Truth is, older employees are senior to you and that you cannot discount their experiences. But it doesn’t mean that you will obey what they said as if it is greater than the 10 Commandments of God. You have to use your discretion and judgment at all times. As the saying goes, just because a person is old doesn’t mean he is right all the time. Be firm in what you believe in, respect others at all times, and when in doubt, ask.

Understand that the first job doesn’t always pay well but is important in deciding which career path you are going to take. Think of it as an extension of your school or on-the-job training where you will learn more than they will pay you. Soon you will get there, too, but for the meantime, accept new learning. Your first job may not be your last job but surely, you will or can use whatever you learned from your first job to your next jobs.

Your first job will also test you whether you really want your chosen career path. Sometimes, the course that the child takes up in college is only what the parents want them to take, and just so the parents won’t take it against them, the child will spend four years of his life pleasing his parents. Afterwards, the child looks for a job. This first job becomes a training ground, a trial whether he will like this particular profession or not. Try to learn as much as you can. Companies are not charging you anything for it, unlike in school. Take advantage of it. You surely will be able to use it in the future, and as they say, it is one thing no one can rob from you.


Create good, and if possible, best impressions. They surely will help you in your next job. Sometimes, companies ask for recommendations from previous bosses or from the company’s Human Resource team. How do you expect to be accepted in your next and probably, dream job when you’ve constantly absented yourself from work, or have arrived to work always late? How do you expect to be hired when you are doing mediocre work even on menial tasks?

In the end, it is all about give and take. Give them your best effort and behavior and you will soon be rewarded with better job opportunities out there. This article does not encourage job-hopping but it is aware of the fact that employees are volatile creatures and that being employed in a company, no matter how financially rewarding it is, does not guarantee the loyalty of the employees. Rather, it faces the fact that people are constantly looking for a job that will make them happy physically, emotionally, professionally, and financially.


Category: Blog

Author :

Alexis Thompson is an alumna from Martin College Australia, a former Mountain Backpacker and a 26 year old mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.