Now that you have landed a job and have celebrated, you have to worry about adjusting to a new environment. It is just like freshman year, you have never met most of these people, there is a whole bunch of new rules, and you need to get used to everything. However, there are some tips to help make the transition over.
1. Be friendly. Smile and say good morning. By making friends with your new coworkers, you can have a much better work environment
2. Make your space your own. If you have an office, a cubicle, or a desk then personalize it. Put up a picture of your family and pets.
3. Observe. Watch how people interact with each other and with the office itself. Listen to how people talk. You can learn a lot more from how people act than from any other information source.
4. Make lists. Make a to-do list. List all your coworkers’ names. List all your duties and passwords. List classes you have to attend. List questions you have so you can ask them in a couple days if you have not learned the answer.
5. Get there early and stay late. If you spend fifteen minutes more in the beginning and end of the day at the office, you can meet more people and get used to your surroundings. Mess around a little bit with your computer software. Try to figure out the copy machine, or read up on what the company is doing currently.
6. Stay positive. It can be difficult shifting jobs, but the best way to transition better is to keep a positive attitude. You isolate yourself by being negative and you color everything gray. Focus on the good parts, not the bad and you will find yourself enjoying your job a lot more.
7. Try getting involved. You can learn a lot more about the company by actively trying to help in a project. You can start belonging a lot sooner if you start working and getting into the normal work flow.
8. Relax. You are going to make freshman mistakes and you need to accept that accidents happen. Nobody will fault you for your mistakes. Just be sure to stay positive, make friends, and relax. Getting used to a new job is hard, but once you get used to it, you will forget all of your anxiety.