January 05, 2011

Preparing for Your First Day at a Job or Internship

Starting a new job or internship can be both exciting and nerve wracking. Fortunately there are a few things you can do in advance to minimize any potential stress and make it a positive experience.

Find the Office in Advance
Don't underestimate the importance of this. Knowing exactly where you are going and how to get there will make you feel much more confident during your first commute. It doesn't matter if you're working in a new city and commuting via public transportation or taking your car the next town over from where you live, something can go wrong and it's much better to potentially waste time finding something simple than to assume you'll be fine. When it comes to getting ready for your first day you should consider Murphy's law: everything that can go wrong will.

Choose Clothes in Advance
Again, everything that can go wrong will go wrong on your first day. It's better to assume that than to expect everything to be perfect and be wrong. So find and test your outfit the night before. Do any ironing, trying on, accessorising, and making sure you feel comfortable and confident.

Allow Plenty of Time
Maybe you determined on your test run that it takes 20 minutes to get to the office? Then allow yourself at least 30. Does it usually take you 45 minutes to get ready in the morning? Allow at least an hour. Again, things could go wrong and you will likely already be nervous, so allowing yourself a time buffer will decrease the odds that anything that could go wrong will actually make you late or really impact your day.

Put the Number in Your Phone
If all else fails and you are late then you better call the office to forewarn them. Not doing so will be a great way to make a bad first impression. So make sure you put the phone number in your phone and write down the name of your boss, position, and department in case you need to tell someone that you will be late.

Bring Key Supplies
Bring a pen, a notebook, somewhere to put important papers, and anything else you think you may need. Essentially, you should bring whatever you would need to do basic work and paper work if you were not given office supplies. At a music company, this should probably include headphones. Be prepared to fill out paper work that may require information like social security or license number. Be sure to have an ID, because you may need it to get in the building.

Bring a Snack
You may get wrapped up in paper work, your boss may forget to tell you how lunch breaks work, or your breakfast may leave your stomach grumbling sooner than you'd thought. Bring a small and non-messy snack just in case.
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