If you meet the description outlined in Part I, you may be wondering what you can do to maximize your success in a working environment. In this installment, I'll detail ten of the most helpful tips that worked for me during my early ascent through my career.
- Dealing with Pressure
- Dealing with People
- Get a Mentor
- Perception is Key
The same applies to your first real job out of school. A totally new environment with new people and different demands can be very daunting. Have confidence in yourself and your own ability to adapt, and after six months on the job you'll feel like a pro.
Others will recognize your greenness, and will offer to mentor you in some way. Some even take it as far to try to indoctrinate you with negative ideas about the company you're at, and you should stay far away from accepting these if you wish to make any leeway into your job.
Deal with people consistently and professionally. Remember to be careful what you say, especially about other people, because you never know who might be someone's best friend.
If you find that there is a specific person with whom you regularly exchange ideas and get advice from, this person is most likely your mentor. If your company has a mentor/mentee program available, set this person as your mentor so that you can both gain the benefits the company offers.
Without a mentor, you are on your own, and are prone to making many of the same mistakes your mentor could have told you how to prevent!
When I speak to students about getting jobs, I tend to harp on the fact that perception is key. Whether it be in your personal or professional life, how people perceive you is what dictates your success and provides a bearing on your future.