Congratulations, Class of 2018 \\\\\\\\\\

Congratulations, Class of 2018. You did it! You have spent countless hours studying for exams, attending school events, and building relationships. Now you have your hard-earned degree.

The time has come to get started on your career. In anticipation of your first day of work, you are probably feeling excited, nervous, and may even be wondering how to best prepare yourself. We have come up with a few tips to help you be better prepared so you can have a great first day!



A  Month to Two Weeks before Your First Day

Evaluate your wardrobe, and make sure you have the appropriate attire, shoes, and accessories. If not, go shopping! Get game ready.


The Day before Your First Day

Getting ready for your first day starts before you walk in the door of your new job. Get organized the day before by gathering anything you will need to bring for new hire onboarding. This may include bank/deposit information, your driver's license, social security card, etc.

Take a test drive to work a day or two before your first day. It is best to do this around the same time that you will be going to work each day so you know what your commute will be like. Don't forget to allow extra time as unexpected wrecks and traffic can be a factor.

Additionally, get a good night's sleep before your first day. At least eight hours of sleep will help you be focused and alert when you get there. Consider going to sleep even earlier than usual. It's not uncommon to have a hard time falling asleep with all of the excitement that lies ahead.


Your First Day

Wake up early. It's your first day! Get excited and give yourself enough time to eat a good, healthy breakfast. Dress professionally and know that it's always better to be over-dressed than underdressed on your first day. Remember to wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking a lot, touring the building, and meeting other employees.

Give yourself enough time to get to work early. This will help you feel calm instead of rushed. You will also set a great first impression. Take a deep breath, smile, and introduce yourself to the front desk personnel.

Throughout the day, listen carefully and take lots of notes. You will be receiving a great deal of information about your tasks, the company, and fellow coworker's names. If you have any questions as the day goes on, ask them. This is one of the best times to get clarification on anything you don't quite understand.

Stay late – especially on your first day. This will demonstrate that you are committed and ready to persevere in your position.


The Days Following Your First Day

Set goals and take initiative. Ask questions when needed, but otherwise, take it upon yourself to get your tasks done. Have confidence, and keep an open mind. Listen to what others have to say, and speak up when you have a good idea. Contribute to the company as much as you can because that's when you make a difference. You were hired for a reason.

Begin to build work relationships with your coworkers. Learn coworker's names quickly and become part of the culture. Get to know the front desk staff. They are a great point of contact to have.

Furthermore, establish a good attendance record. Your company needs you. Take vacation when you need it, but be ready to work hard every day you are at work. Most importantly, keep a positive attitude every single day. This will get you far.

Finally, take a second to realize where you are and how far you have come. Remember that you worked extremely hard to get here, and you should be proud of yourself. Congratulations, Class of 2018. You made it!


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