Are you about to start a new job? Nerves are only natural, but remember, you’ve done the hardest part by coming through the interview! Now it’s time to get excited and look forward to a fresh chapter in your life.
Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals approximately 9% of people changed jobs each year between 2000 and 2018, so there are plenty of others in your position and most will be dealing with the same anxious feelings as you are.
There are ways to alleviate some of these concerns, however, and most of them centre around being prepared before your first day. Here are five things you can do to make sure you hit the ground running.
Figure out your commute
The last thing you want on your first day is to make a bad impression by turning up late. Ahead of time, work out how long the journey will take as well as the easiest way to get there. Maybe undertake a trial run at the same time of day so that you know what to expect in terms of traffic and public transport schedules. If you’re going to struggle to afford a season pass up front, a bad credit loan could help you fund essential travel to work if your credit score isn’t the best. Although you should always consider your financial situation if you do decide to take out any loan.
Check the dress code
Make sure you get a feel for how others dress in the workplace before you start. Whether smart business attire is required or your new bosses adopt a more informal approach, you don’t want to be the one who stands out on their first day. The dress code might be included in your employment contract but if not then it could be worth speaking to someone at the company for some guidance.
Refresh your research
You’ll have looked into the business ahead of your interview, but it can’t hurt to delve a little deeper before you start in earnest. Having a strong understanding of what the company does and how it works will give you a solid foundation to build from and offer you the chance to impress others with the knowledge you’ve already picked up.
Pack your bag
Make a list of all the things you need – whether that be laptop, ID badge, lunch, gym equipment or anything else – and tick them off as they go into your bag. You don’t want to be rushing around in the morning, so get this done the night before and you’ll be good to go once that alarm goes off.
Take it easy
You’re bound to experience a little nerves and apprehension the night before, but try to relax as best you can. Take your mind off it by watching a comedy film, listening to music, running a hot bath or even exploring the benefits of meditation. However you choose to unwind, this is the perfect opportunity to switch your brain off and recharge before that big first day.