By Valerie Kielmovitch
You did it! After all of the waiting and applying, you nailed the interview and accepted your first full-time position! Your first day of work has finally arrived. But how do you prepare for this momentous occasion after all the years of schooling?
Below is a list of items to consider:
- Dress Attire – It is always better to be overdressed for your first day of work than be underdressed. Remember, your dress will be making a first impression on all of your new colleagues.
- Personal Documents – Typically, there will be a period of filling out paperwork to ensure you receive all the benefits of the position. Ensure you remember to bring identifying documents with you on your first day, such as driver’s license, social security card, green card, I-20, etc.
- Be Prepared – Before you wake up for your first day, make sure you know actually where you will be going. Being on time and knowing the location for your position are crucial to starting off on the right foot.
- Lunch – It never hurts to pack a few extra items for lunch in case the company doesn’t have a cafeteria or the culture does not permit leaving during the day. However, try to ask a colleague to lunch or ask what people typically do during their lunch hour.
Remember that everyone had a first day on the job once, so do not be afraid to ask questions. Don’t pressure yourself to master your new job in a day or even a week. The learning curve will take some time, so be patient with yourself. Go in with a positive attitude and be a strong professional!
Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and Master of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Valerie has a diverse background in the field of higher education from residence life to career services.