Article written by: Michael Bazin, B.Comm., Accountant
Everyone has been there, you tighten your tie or fasten your favourite necklace on your first day of work and show up to the beginning of the rest of your life. It’s daunting, but understanding a couple key things will help you do well from the first time you walk through the doors.
There are three main aspects of your life that will change when you start your career:
- Professional Work (Getting to know your workload)
- Social Activities (Getting to know your co-workers)
- Networking (Getting to know your city)
Adjusting to a new job is never easy. You are learning new software and new technical skills. This cannot be accomplished without Communication or Time Management.
Communication is key in your first year. You come in with a base knowledge from university, but no one expects you to know everything. Talk to your supervisors or other experienced peers if you have questions. If you don’t get the answers now it will cause you grief throughout the whole year. Manage your time. You have a lot of responsibilities now, sit down and understand what you want to accomplish in a day and try to achieve those goals.
When entering a new profession, you are going to be spending a lot of time with the individuals in the office or cube next to you so get to know them. Many firms will have events or social committees to help people get to know each other. The more comfortable you feel with your co-workers the better you will be able to work with them as a team and accomplish your goals. Try to join the social committee or attend internal events whenever possible and it will pay dividends in your future.
Maintain your friends from university but try to build a larger network in your community. Your reputation in society reflects on you and the place you work. Try to put yourself out there and meet people in other industries. There are many different ways to get involved in your community: consider joining a board, going to fundraisers, or attending lunch and learns to educate yourself on what other professionals are talking about and what is affecting your community and your industry from the outside.
My Last Piece of Advice
The most important thing I heard at the start of my career is:
“No matter how shiny the chandeliers are, or how well the people are dressed, never be intimidated. Everyone here is just a person trying to do the best they can in life.”
As you start your career jump in with both feet. It’s easy to feel intimidated and like you don’t fit into a new environment. Just remember that everyone in your office was in your shoes. Whether you are motivated at work to be able support your family, to challenge yourself every day, or to party on the weekend the goal of succeeding in your career is a common ground to everyone at your firm. New professionals can’t succeed without their supervisors and supervisors can’t succeed without their new employees. By working together, you will learn from each other at every level, do the best you can for your clients and grow both as a professional and in your career.
Good luck as you start out on your new journey!
If you ever need additional resources as a young professional, follow Virtus Group to learn more about our free events including “Financial Literacy for Young Adults” or our Fall information sessions at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina to see how you could fit into our team.
Michael Bazin, B.Comm.