“Hey, you’ve been hired, and we’re sending you an offer letter.” You have 24 hours to accept the offer.”
“Kindly check the details and get back to us as soon as possible.”
I’ll never forget the day I got that phone call. I felt like I was on cloud nine. I was so desperate that I accepted the offer without even thinking. It was, after all, MY FIRST STEP IN THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD.
When I think back to that day, I remember everything. A fresher is extra nice to people, a little confused, asks a lot of questions to get clarity, tries to understand everything as soon as possible, is nervous, and so on.
Here are some lessons I’ve learned that I’d like to share with a fresher.
1) Don’t be quick to judge anyone. Everyone who talks politely to you is not your friend. Don’t overshare unless you know the person well. With time, you will learn to understand people.
2) You need at least 2-3 real friends for survival. A trustworthy person who can be your go-to person and is a good listener. These people will keep you happy and sane. Someone in front of whom you can cry when times are tough.
3) Don’t take anyone’s shit that they throw at you. People who work in a company are all employees, and no one can treat anyone unfairly, regardless of their position. However, you will meet people who are smarter than you. Someone whose personality traits you aspire to emulate in order to achieve success in life. Observe them.
You must understand that there is a difference between tolerating disrespect and listening to things that will help you learn.
4) You need to have a good network. You have to ask for help from people. You can’t do everything yourself. Ask questions as much as you can. There is a chance that people will not answer everything, but the fact is that you can ask stupid questions also in the beginning only. Develop a brand value as well – something you’re good at and with which you can help people.
5) Your work ethics matters. You will learn the importance of written communications. You need to have formal e-mails for clarifications in the future if required. But be kind. Don’t say anything that might offend someone. You have no idea what anyone is going through in life, so don’t add to their misery.
6) You are replaceable. Take a break when required. Working is important but don’t overdo it. If the work can be completed tomorrow, there is no need to stretch the working hours. Also, fight for yourself whenever needed.
7) It’s okay to make mistakes. But don’t repeat the same mistake again. There would be a time when you will badly mess up but don’t regret it. Find someone who can help you, guide you properly. In case your senior isn’t helping you in the initial days then reach out to the above level for asking him/her to get changed immediately. We all need guidance. Don’t depend on anyone. This is an office, not a college or a school. Of course, you cannot expect to be spoon-fed, but you do deserve someone to look up to.
8) Don’t doubt yourself. You don’t need validations from anyone. Give your best even if people aren’t appreciating it. Stop before you feel like a machine that just never stopped. Be honest.
9) Try to figure out your ideal career path. If you want, you can continue working while pursuing higher education. If you don’t like the work or the culture then don’t waste your time, money, or energy. Because if you don’t realize this early on, you’ll get stuck and have a lot of regrets later. Try to finish your education as soon as possible because your age increases the chance of you becoming reluctant.