Are you ready to start your career? After years of hard work and other jobs to help you get where you want, the moment has come. But before your first day, there are some things you should know.
The first job may not be the one that will help you build the career you want, but it is undoubtedly crucial for your professional development. Many skills you hone and improve doing different types of jobs are transferable and will make you an extremely desirable candidate.
In addition to having to acquire the required knowledge to build and expand your expertise and experience in the chosen career, from attending university or accredited courses, it is of the utmost importance to have soft skills as well. Such necessary skills are crucial for a professional given that they can improve your performance, enhance your ability to work in teams as well as individually, and support you in growing professionally and personally.
Therefore, having a team player attitude, a good work ethic, high adaptability to change, being open to receiving feedback as well as knowing how to provide it, and last but not least, having emotional intelligence are all crucial aspects in your career development. Not only are these soft skills necessary for your professional growth, but they support an individual’s personal development as well, and these two things are incredibly interconnected.
Having said this, starting your career takes more than just acquiring the right skills and having the right attitude and work ethic. Things like company goals and culture or job expectations are important to know as a new employee, especially if you are at the beginning of your professional journey. Based on these aspects, you will be able to make an informed decision when you are looking for a new employer. Knowing you have the opportunity to grow and learn in a healthy work environment is of the utmost importance, which is why these things must be taken into consideration during your hiring process. Similar to how companies evaluate an employee to see if they would be a right fit for their brand and culture, you also have to assess them based on specific criteria to see if the company is right for you too.
This being said, when you are ready to put yourself out there to find a position that supports your career development, it is crucial to know and look for the following aspects:
- Find out about the company’s history and culture.
Learning about the company’s history, goals, values and mission statement is of the utmost importance, especially before even going to the interview. This shows a snippet of the brand and what is important for them, from a social as well as corporate perspective, based on which you can see whether the company aligns with your shares and values.
In addition to this, it is crucial for you to learn about the company culture. Apart from reading about it on the official website, if possible, asking questions during the interview is highly recommended. This is a chance for you also to gather information and form an opinion. Such questions include finding out about the work environment, their flexibility and the type of benefits they offer.
- Make sure you understand all the responsibilities of your role.
When you are about to start your career, you will be filled with a lot of feelings, from excitement to nervousness. But as much as you are impatient and excited to start, it is of the utmost importance to make sure you understand the responsibilities of your role and the overall responsibilities as an employee.
Even before you are hired, when you most likely will receive a welcome page containing all the vital information about your employment, it is necessary to apply for roles within your capabilities and area of interest. Even if you have little experience at the beginning, it is recommended to go for positions that are relevant to you and, most importantly, roles that have responsibilities you can fulfill.
- See how flexible and innovative their approach is.
Part of learning about the company’s culture and understanding the roles’ responsibilities is seeing how flexible and innovative their approach is when it comes to business operations, work practices and work environment.
Depending on your style and preferences, you may be the type of person who prefers hybrid work or, perhaps, working in the office suits you better. For this reason, it is crucial to find out about a company’s chosen work practice and level of flexibility. In addition, innovative companies usually encourage and support their employees’ professional growth, so this criterion is also very important.
- Make sure the work environment is safe and healthy.
Another crucial aspect you must know before starting a job is whether the work environment is a safe and healthy one. Employers and businesses must adhere to health and safety regulations and take all the necessary measures in this respect.
According to experts from Accident Claims Advice, employees who are involved in an accident at the workplace which happens to no fault of their own and causes them to suffer a personal injury are entitled to claim compensation. For this reason, it is vital companies adhere to health and safety regulations and make sure the work environment is free from any dangers and hazards. As an employee, it is recommended to ask your employer about the measures taken for health and safety.
- Be a team player and get ready to network with your co-workers.
When you are at the beginning of your career and are about to start your first job, you must know how important it is to be a team player and embrace and support communication with your co-workers. Regardless of whether the job is remote or not, communicating openly and honestly is of the utmost importance, as it ensures a seamless running of the business and a healthy work environment. When it comes to teamwork, you need to be able to collaborate well with others as well as individually. For this reason, the soft skills mentioned earlier are essential for your professional development. Therefore, before you embark on this challenging journey, it is helpful to know what will be expected of you as well as what to look for in companies.