Congratulations! You have the much-coveted start to your career. You have earned your first job in the great sounding branded corporation. It's time for you to make your mark in the world now.
But be cautious! It's a landscape littered with landmines. Yes! LANDMINES that can blow you up anytime. Unless you really pay attention to things that matter. Things that truly matter.
When a young professional joins the world of work for the fisrt time, she hardly knows the dynamics of the system. She does not know how the elements link up with each other, and how one thing in one part of the world can adversely affect someone somewhere else. As Shakespeare said "My salad days when I was green in judgement".
Three things to consider about the organisation and external environment when you start (and these apply to most I know of) :
- You have been
given the job by the employer, and the primary thing he is interested in is productive output that benefits his company. Full stop.
- The other members in the organisation have no particular interest in furthering your interests. They are there to take care of themselves, and yes, the customers!
- Your organisation is interfacing with the external world, which requires it to be agile, and flexible. It doesn't exist in isolation.
Now, dear first-time Worker, here's a useful checklist of To-Dos :
- Things can change fast. The job role assigned to you when you started can get redefined, when the company needs a different kind of output. So be flexible. Don't make faces when your supervisor (boss) suddenly asks you to do something new.
- Always try to see the bigger picture. Your personal output adds up to someone else's, and someone else's, and it all adds up to something really big that benefits some customer somewhere. So realise the value of giving quality output.
- Don't overpraise anyone. Stay in control.
- If you are already looking for a new job, don't use the office computer. Every movement may be tracked.
- Don't make favourite groups. Don't be seen around with just one or two specific co-workers. It's a really bad idea. It makes others wonder what's cooking.
- Don't take non-sense at all. Observe carefully, and then react if there is any major non-sense that comes your way.
- Honest conduct carries tremendous value.