This is the second in a five part series that provides a tip about the transition from college student to full time employee. You know that age old saying, there's no such thing as a dumb question? Well there isn't. In order to make yourself not look dumb it is best to ask questions and ask a lot of them.
It takes time to be able to adjust to a new position. Not only are you learning the ropes of the job, but you are also trying to get into the groove of being a young adult as well. This tacked on being in a new environment and possibly a new location can lead to high stress and anxiety. Don't be afraid to ask for help! When you didn't understand something during your lecture you raised your hand or spoke to the professor afterwards to ensure you knew the information for the upcoming test. Though there will probably not be any tests at work, you want to make sure that you know the information. You never know when you will be asked to give a presentation or explain your project to someone else.
Your new job is just that, new. You don't know the lay of the land. You don't know the social norms. Sometimes you don't understand the protocol for a certain task in the office. Sometimes you don't know what to do about a issue with a client. Sometimes you can't get the job done on time. ASK FOR HELP! Easier sad than done, I know, but in the long run it will make your job a whole lot easier if you find a way to do it better and more effective.
The people that you work with understand that you are new to the job and they are there to help you! Feel comfortable being able to go and ask them for assistance if need be.
Are there any questions?
Jennifer McGrew ’13