What To Expect In Your First Week Of Work


Congratulations! You have made it through the interview process and are about to start your new job, but what do you expect to happen in your first week at work?

On a personal level, it is advised to be prepared both mentally and physically for beginning your new role. Set your alarm half an hour earlier than you need to be ready so you are early to work. Have your uniform or clothes ready for the week ahead so there is no last minute panic in the morning. Being prepared will calm your nerves and leave you ready and willing to start work.

The first few days of entering the work place you will probably be assigned a mentor. This mentor will be a person delegated to show you around your work environment and give you your personal ID and log ins. He or she may then go through a staff handbook or manual as part of an induction process.  This is your chance to ask those all important questions about your payment process and company procedures and anything else that isn’t covered in the manual. Make sure you pipe up if you have a question. In one job I worked at many years ago, everyone kept referring to the term “proforma” as a term of payment. I didn’t want to appear stupid by not knowing. Believe me, I certainly looked daft when I finally asked three years later what it meant!  It may help if you have your questions written down in case you forget them in all the excitement of meeting your colleagues.

You will be introduced to a lot of new people on the first few days and you will probably not remember everyone.s names. Why not go back in your spare time to re-introduce yourself and make a note of important contacts in relevant departments.

As your training begins, you will probably take part in some team building exercise if you were hired as part of a group intake. If you were hired as an individual intake, you may get to work on a one-to-one basis with your team leader or manager.

Towards the end of the week, you may be given a chance to start work on a current project providing you have fulfilled the required training targets. If you are not ready to start work so soon, do not be disheartened. Use this time to arrange your work space, learn from observing your colleges, and ask more questions. Managers will be looking for eagerness. I once recruited, well, inherited really, a new starter in a call centre who didn’t grasp the job at all. I asked her to keep a note of any issues she was struggling with as she listening into calls with an experienced team member. At the end of the day when we met up, her notebook was covered in doodles of flowers. I showed her the door!

Do not expect to start working on projects or with clients until much later. Do not set your expectations too high remember at this stage you are trainee and in time you will have your chance to shine.

Good luck! Let us know of any of your tips in the comments below!



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