As it turned out, I got exceedingly lucky and was hired by some wonderful people to work for an equally wonderful company. I thought my days of confusion were over. Then I actually started working.
Will I get a job?
If so, where?
Will I like it there?
Will they like me?
... Oh man, I hope they like me.
1) Ask questions. It sounds very cliché, but it’s much better to ask a “stupid” question than to waste your time, and everyone else’s, doing a task incorrectly.
2) Expect criticism… In all likelihood, even if you ask all the questions in the world, you will still make mistakes.
3) … And accept it gracefully. Your coworkers want to help you. Listen to what they have to say, and strive to improve.
4) Learn from your coworkers. They are invaluable sources of knowledge. Take advantage of their expertise!
5) Put yourself out there. Attend events, and make new connections. Give out those brand-new business cards!
6) Try new things. Don’t be afraid if you’re asked to do something you’ve never done before. It’s a learning experience, and you may even discover a new talent.
7) Pay attention. Check and double-check all of your emails, social media content, blogs, etc. Silly mistakes don’t seem so silly when folks you want to impress are viewing them.And last, but not least…
8) Have fun! You will never have another “first job” again. Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience!