Answered by Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
My first job was very difficult. There's a lot of changes - commute, working hours which are usually 8am-5pm or longer (solid Mon-Fri routine), lots to learn, trainings, sometimes office "politics" - office etiquette, etc. Your first job is your forever job and a lot of times one of your hardest jobs. However, you're fresh out of college, you're not expected to know everything. ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS. Ask to take additional trainings, if needed. Job shadow others on the team or in the company. Keep a routine. If you're stressed - exercise or find a hobby to get any negativity out. Don't assume you know how to do something or you'll figure it out - you want to think outside the box and show you can do things on your own but you don't want to waste all your energy guessing what your manager wants and then do something wrong. Clarify what is being asked before you do it and then add your own twist to a project/task if it's possible to show you can do more than what's being asked. Keep your head up, stay positive, smile, ask questions and enjoy your first job - you won't get this time back! Good luck!