As some of you might now, I was finished with my master in October 2014 and started my first job after graduation right away. Just recently I realized that actually I’m in that job for over a year now – more than time to take stock! So, today’s Motivation Monday is dedicated to the things I’ve learned after 1 year in my first job.
1. Your activities at work are actually less important than your co-workers
I needed some time to realize and accept that, but at the end, what you end up doing is not half as crucial for your satisfaction as the people who are in your team.
2. Always be polite and positive
I already told you that I had my struggles with leaving behind immature moody behavior but your mood and happiness is so much influenced by what you say and what you act like. So the best thing is to actually stop complaining and being polite to people surrounding you, even if they don’t behave in that manner.
3. Comfy shoes are crucial
If I think back to my days of college, I never cared much about clothes and especially shoes being comfortable – I just bought them based on their look. Now, some years and office meetings with blisters in very inconvenient high heels later, I finally stick to buying high quality, comfortable shoes – otherwise you will just keep thinking about your pain and not about the job you are actually supposed to do.
4. Networking, networking, networking
Honestly, I hate networking! I always feel rather uncomfortable and unnatural when doing it – but again, there is no other way to improve your networking skills than just practice, practice and once again practice it! By now, I feel much more routinized in the whole process of networking and also not ashamed anymore.
5. Leaving work unfinished is okay
This one was truly a hard lesson for me. I was one of the kids who felt obliged to finish their home work before even having lunch and couldn’t go to sleep as a student before ticking off all points from my To Do List. However, I have learned to leave work unfinished – let’s call it survival instinct 😉
6. Talking is better than texting
During my first weeks in the office, I felt so nervous about speaking to unfamiliar people (who are much longer in the job than me) – so I just sticked to writing e-mails. This has lead to lots of misunderstandings and also simply time waste. Nowadays, I try to address as many issues as possible personally or on the phone.
7. Take notes of everything possible
There is so much more knowledge to gain after your graduation. Try noting it all down – even when you don’t look at this note again, you will be able to memorize things better simply by having written them down.
8. Have a passion outside your job
No question – being passionate about the job you do will lead to better performance, better results and simply a happier life. However, I realized that your job and a career in general is not everything that life should be about. I never was a big “hobby”-person, but being passionate about something outside of your working life will keep you both balanced and healthy.
9. I actually miss university from time to time
I never really hated or misliked uni, but naturally, I was more than happy when the whole thing was over and I graduated. I simply felt like completing something and succeeding. Now, after 1 year out of college, I really do miss certain aspects of the whole student life. Not only the freedom and flexibility one has during his studies – I also truly do miss researching for papers and really digging deep into something, going to the library, completing something distinctly (like writing an exam or being finished with a semester) and above all the quick and clear feedback on your performance in terms of marks.
Are you still studying or are you already working? What are the experiences you have made after graduation?
Wishing you a great week!