Everyone gets nervous on their first day.
Your first day of work is quite important, so make sure you ‘start as you mean to go on!’ Making good first impressions to colleagues and managers could be vital to long and happy employment.
If you prepare well for your first day it will help shake off any feelings of being nervous as you will be ready for starting your working life with a positive attitude!
Before your first day
- Find out the appropriate clothing you will have to wear to your new work place
- Make sure you arrive before your shift starts and not after!
- Have a good breakfast before you start your work and make sure you pack a lunch to have on your break.
- Clean and smart appearance is also important and wearing deodorant, aftershave, perfume etc.
- Research a little about the job you are doing through people you know or the internet.
Journey to Work
It is a good idea to have a practice of your journey to work before your first day. You should find out what buses or trains you need to take and how long the journey lasts. Planning your journey will make sure you arrive with time to spare!
You should receive an induction when you start a new job. An induction is like an introduction to the company and your job.
An induction will have things like:
- Your employer will tell you about your job and the company
- You will be introduced to people who will work with
- You will find out where the toilets are
- You will find out what to do if there is a fire or emergency.
Insider Info: Don’t be embarrassed about asking questions, such as where are the toilets? Is there a staffroom to eat my lunch in? Everyone has a first day in a job, so they’ll know how you feel.
There is probably a lot for you to remember on your first day, taking notes (even just people’s names!) is a good idea. No-one expects you to remember everything.