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Six things you should know before starting your first job

Six things you should know before starting your first job

Hussain Saeed
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It’s about to be summer, which means a lot of you may be
graduating and looking for your first real job. Or maybe you’re still in university
and trying to get a head start in the world. Either way, we here at
Propergaanda thought it would be a good idea to share the things we wish we
knew before we took our first real job.

It’s going to be much worse than you think

The education system doesn’t really prepare you from how
awful working and being an adult really is. University is literally adulthood
on easy mode, and then you’re asked to play the game on ultra-hard. That’ kind
of how jumping into the marketplace is like. There are 100 candidates just like
you, looking for the same job. When you get the job, the hard part just begins.
There are no timings, no breaks and most importantly, no excuses. You cannot
just take a sick day, so not so this assignment as well because it won’t affect
your GPA. Everything matter, every day is like you have an exam and you just
have to do it. It doesn’t really matter what career you’re in, entry level job
drain the life out of you.

Which is why you need to think about where you work

Work may not be your whole life, but it will be a really big
part of it. Given that you will be spending most of your time there, make sure
it’s something you enjoy. Or at least it useful. When I entered the marketplace
looking for a job, after some time has passed, I started to get a little
anxious that I couldn’t find a decent job. Eventually, I took the first job
offer I got. And it’s wasn’t bad. It was close to my house, the hours were manageable
and the people were pretty nice. But the work itself was so boring. I had to
write about packaging my whole day. After a few months, I just couldn’t take it
anymore. I started to look for work and landed up at Propergaanda. The work
hours were more, the work more stressful, but I was enjoying the work more. It
wasn’t killing my soul, just my body. So make a list of what you really want,
what you want right now from work, and prioritize them.

Know your strengths and weakness

We are all human, and as a result, are good and bad at
things. It might be a generic question to ask at an interview, and the truth is
you should tell only semi-truths then, knowing your strengths and weakness can
really help you moving forward. Knowing what you’re good and bad at helps you
stay away from taking up work you know you cannot perform well at. Or you know
then that you may need to take extra time said work. Furthermore, knowing your
strengths helps you know your value to the company. If you know what you’re
bringing to the table, you know your purpose. That helps makes work related
decisions much easier, what work you need to do for your employers and most
importantly, helps you with salary negotiations. If you know how much value you
bring, you can always ask for it. A lot of your salary and work truly depends
more on how well you speak, or even if you speak up at all. Be confident in
yourself.

Just hold on during the rough parts

No matter how assertive you are, you will be working. There will be days that are hard. Days you want to quit-do not make any rash decisions. Just bear through the rough parts, especially if this is the work you want to be doing. Remember than when you initially job the workforce, they usually dump a lot of work to see how much you can handle. Handle as much as you can. Figure out a way for your quick and effective stress releases. Here at Propergaanda, it’s a random joke that usually gives everyone a good laugh, which is surprisingly refreshing. But you can do your own individual habits too. A friend of mine finds a corner and lists to death metal in her headphones for 10 minutes. Another friend plays with his figit spinner, the only person still using one. Just find a way to handle the stress. But eventually…

Learn to draw boundaries

I wish someone told me that when I took my first job. When
you join a workplace, most people try their best to find a way to be useful. In
the process, they will do as much work as possible. Don’t! I’m not saying do
not be proactive or show initiative, but learn to say no to your workplace. They
will continue to ask you, and before your work starts to reduce in quality, say
you cannot do this much. Say you’re off the clock. This is work, not your whole
life. You mental health is important. Learn to say no, they will appreciate you
in the long run for it. Especially if you keep your quality up high.

This isn’t the end

The first thought I had when I joined this workforce was, “Is
the going to be how the rest of my life functions?” And the answer is no. Some
people find their dream job right off the bat. And good for them. But most
people, especially in our generation graduate with only an inclination of what
they want. If you’ve taken a job but realize it’s not for you, learn as much as
you can while you look for something more suited for you. Or even if you’ve got
your “dream job”, that doesn’t mean the work will be like this forever. The
more you work, the more say you eventually start to get. That freedom to make
decisions at work will change your work all together. Overtime, you will not be
the fresh graduate/grunt of the team. You will be the one’s giving the grunt
work.

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