The thrill of being out of BSchool as a post-graduate brings about a sudden sense of maturity. It fills the air with enthusiasm to acquire your first job in a reputed and well to do company. It even becomes a matter of prestige to land a job in the first attempt. In classrooms, we dream of air-conditioned offices, supply of coffee at regular intervals on the house, free WiFi and even begin to visualize the designations on our visiting cards. But just as every job has its perks, it also has its own set of apprehensions.
A job teaches you many things. First and foremost, it teaches you to take responsibility. A fresher will undoubtedly lack expertise. Unless it’s a passion that you have converted into a profession, learning the ropes will consume a major part of your time. Followed by adapting to the lifestyle of being accountable to an authority for the things that you do and the decisions that you make or sometimes, don’t make. From now onwards, you become less of an individual and more of a representative of your organization. You are made aware of employee related schemes like wellness programs, employee engagement survey, employee recognition ideas, people management skills and how internal communications work.
Not to forget, adapting a professional approach to work and believing in the dignity of labor, whether big or small. Here are a few facts that everybody has faced at some point or the other; after being in the field for a year.
Deadlines and Targets are NOT a piece of cake.
If you believed that being new to an organization would give you some leeway, it’s time to reconsider that line of thought. Once your probation period is over you are considered to be on par with the rest of the team and the bar of expectations remain standard.
‘I don’t know’ is not an answer.
Stating the obvious problem becomes a taboo, you have to constantly be on your feet trying to figure out ways to get to a solution. There is hardly time for a trial and error session, the objective of assigning you a task is to see if you can live up to the deadlines with efficacy. It’s simple really. If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.
Workplace does not equal to home.
Unless you are very lucky, your workplace will have an aura that says ‘formal’ with a hint of semi-formal on Fridays. No speaking loudly and no talking in whispers either. You cannot afford to day dream. If you are neck deep into work and if you can manage to get yourself to move from your desk for a stretch or to have lunch on time, consider yourself lucky.
Money matters is not a matter of money.
Oh! The part where you thought that once you receive your salary cheque you will save half of it? Well, it’s time to wake up and look around. After the first two months, you sub-consciously end up falling into the category of being a ‘spendthrift’. The expenses begin to rise, money begins to disappear within seconds and by the end of the month, you are close to being broke.
There are actually no free lunches, someone or the other has to pay!
Going out with colleagues or with friends and family an outing has to be planned. After all, you cannot take a last-minute leave to attend your best friend’s surprise birthday party; specially when you are in the middle of a new project. Unless you make it a habit to finish off the work at hand systematically and as soon as possible, it can become quite a task.
What else has the last one year taught you?