Things To Do On The First Day Of Your Internship Or Job
By Denver Regine Lark
Denver is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
The hard part is over— you got the internship and now it’s time to begin. However, there are a few things to remember as you head in for the first day. Including first impression is everything.
Your first day is supposed to be memorable, but could be stressful. However there are a few things to do before your first day to ease some of this.
On the night before,pick out your outfit so you can look and play the part. Keep in mind that you must be as professional your first day as you were at the interview. Determine the dress code in advance so if needed, you can purchase the appropriate attire. You never want to send the wrong message or turn people off. Blending in will not only make you feel comfortable but also the people around you.
One of the most important things to do on your first day, which could also be one of the hardest, is show up early. Fifteen minutes allows you optimal amount of time, and if you haven’t done the commute before, allow extra time for any inconveniences or to accommodate the possibility of getting lost.
Although many say that you should do more listening than talking on your first day, it can be very beneficial for you to prepare and ask questions. This allows you to demonstrate your curiosity as well as your desire to learn. Keep in mind not to ask too many questions because you will have plenty of time to do so.
Now that you have your questions out the way, it is now time to become an employee and become familiar with your co-workers. It is just as important to get to know your co-workers as it is to associate with the right ones. You will find cliques, and some will mesh better than others. Of course you want to move up and to do so you’ll want to associate with the right ones, and become aware who answers to whom.
Do not try too hard, and do not slack either. Everyone is well aware you want to leave a good impression but you also do not want to go overboard. It’s easier to impress naturally once you learn the ropes.
If you are like the majority and want to move up within your career, than it is important to observe how decisions are made. “Ad Hoc” means that decisions are made after an event occurs and “Ex Ante” means decisions are made before any event.
You are around an entire new group of people where it is important to be “accepted” especially if you want your career there to last. You’ll want to show interest as this proves you are receptive to building a bond. Although they may want to get to know you first, make an effort to do the same for them. While being introduced to so many people, always be mindful of your body language. This will make up majority of your communication in the workplace. Present yourself accordingly to the conversation.
Throughout the entire day, always remember to be yourself and find ways to relax. This will eliminate a lot of stress. Do not be too hard on yourself if the first day does not go flawlessly. You should prepare and try to do your best, but if you try to accomplish too much, you may get overwhelmed. Remember, there's always tomorrow.