Tips on your First Job

Now that you have the coveted offer letter in hand, and you are all set to explore the big world of corporates, you may hear a tiny sound of self-doubt in your mind. It is a small harmless question. Am I ready for this big gig? Well, you are never ready for the drill, your first job unless you actually start working. Here are a few survival tips for your first job.

 

Although this may sound extremely futile to you, but your wardrobe may have the capacity to damage your reputation at office. Building a wardrobe from scratch is not really easy; but if you have a budget, you can go for essentials like a proper suit, a good pair of black shoes, some nice ties and a pair of decent shirts. A well-dressed man has rarely failed to create an impression.

It is not easy to accept a new girl or guy in office; the first few days can be quite lonely. What can do to break the ice with your co-workers? It is always good to have a honest conversation with your co-workers. Honesty never fails; you can have your lunch together or take coffee breaks at the same time. Building relationships at work isn’t easy and you might have to try a bit harder in the first few days.

One of the most impressive ways to strive for excellence in your job is to continually improve. Take every feedback as constructive criticism. See what your managers and your co-workers have to say and actually use them in your work. As you continue to improve, your boss is bound to be impressed as he sees the feedback put into actions. If you have an idea, do not be scared to improve efficiency. If you have any idea which can give a financial boost, let your boss know about the idea. Increase the chance of it being executed flawlessly by presenting your idea in the form of a plan.

Find your go-to person when you are on your first job. Forming a mutual beneficial friendship which can help each other to thrive in office is a good survival strategy. This go-to person may not necessarily be in your department, but should be the one who always comes up with the most brilliant ideas even in the 11th hour. When you need to get things done at office, it is always good to be in some helpful and useful company.

Redefine your Career in 5 Easy Steps

A goal cannot be attained unless it has a purpose and is treated with urgency. You cannot have an aim or a goal and simply not do anything about it. You need to work with fervor, stay motivated, chalk out a plan, face crisis with the right attitude and evaluate new opportunities as they come your way. Professional development is a by-product of careful planning. Here are 5 ways in which you can redefine your career.

Are you facing procrastination?

Is there something which is holding you back from the next level of success? Often we have limited mindsets and beliefs about success, money, our worth in life; for many people these boundaries become a problem. This lack of confidence or a belief that ‘they are less’ than other people can often be detrimental for growth. Unless you let go of what you are doing, you will be stuck in a small world. Are there are any negative patterns in your life which are repetitive and you keep on ignoring them thinking that it is better to be complacent than to change? Ask yourself if you are participating in sustaining these patterns and can you do something concrete to shift the dynamics?

Think of whether you want a big or small change

Most career moves are subtle and can be as simple as transferring from one department to the other. But if you are facing a mid-career slump, then you really need to think about change in a big way.  This might mean switching to a different organization or go for an extreme career change. Rethink your career options; build on your existing skill set and try to reinvent yourself. It is up to you whether you need a small or a big change in career.

Turn your obstacles into strengths

Where should you start? An ideal way would be to jot down your strengths first. Maybe your mentors can also help you to identify areas where you already excel or are likely to excel. For instance, if you feel that you have no impetus to work in your present organization, begin by defining an ‘ideal’ scenario and how you picture yourself in that scenario. Does your existing skill set allow you to fit in? Or are you in a disadvantage because you lack a certain skill set that is in demand in that particular area? Consider an online course which are designed for professionals; they are either free or quite reasonable. Bemoaning of what you don’t have is simply a waste of time. Instead focus on how you can make yourself valuable.

The art of letting go

It is good to remember that in this fast-paced ever-changing world, nothing is exactly permanent. There is no way that you can decide to stick to a particular organization for more than a substantial amount of time. Do not allow complacency to set in. You need to understand that there will be a time, when you need to step aside and let others take your place. It is a strategic decision and although for some it becomes incredibly difficult to let go, it is actually one of the best ways to move in your career. There should be new roles and new challenges to excite you. As the world evolves, you should evolve too.

Redesign your goals

Just because you had a set of goals in school, does not essentially mean that they will be the same when you are in college. People change, so do goals. There should be enough flexibility to design and redesign your goals. Nothing is permanent in this world, so in case your Plan A does not work, there are 25 other alphabets!

4 Tips to Follow to Ace in a Group Discussion

Every aspiring MBA student has to face group discussion as part of the interview process. A group discussion essentially stimulates a meeting-like environment which the students are going to face in their workplace. This orchestrated event gives a glimpse of how the students can perform within a group with their peers. It is their first test in leadership qualities. There are many who might want to hog the limelight, some remain silent, while others are more than happy being wallflowers. Instead of being a passive listener, or an over-enthusiastic participant, you can actually balance your behaviour in a group discussion. How? Let us give you 4 tips.

Listen first, and then react. It is imperative that in a group discussion, you should listen keenly, exercise your judgement and then open your mouth to say something. This exercise is meant to showcase your skills at listening, comprehending and finding solutions for the given problem. It is not essential to speak just because you need to; say something substantial to add value to the discussion.

In case of group discussion, the first impression is often crucial. Make sure, that you create a lasting impression. Sit straight, and always make an eye contact while talking to someone. Also, before you make your point, listen attentively to what others have to say. Three things you should always avoid in a group discussion: your facial expression should never show that you are unmindful, it is best not to be too animated and never fidget with your fingers or pen when someone else is talking. These three things will immediately give a wrong impression to the panellists.

It may happen that the point that you were going to establish just got stolen by someone else. You feel that you are losing control of the situation, because someone has spoken before you could. Does that mean that you scream your lungs out to establish your point? Or simply panic and destroy the rest of the interview? Remember that the panellists want to know how you behave in a tense situation. You will lose half the battle if you lose your composure. Take a two-minute breather and swing back right into the discussion, as if nothing has happened.

To substantiate your point, you can use examples and quotes. Figures are hard to remember, but if possible rack your brains to get the statistical data right for your point. The panellists will definitely take note of this. Using statistical data to corroborate your point will actually give you brownie points.

If your past group discussion has been a disaster, here is a chance to make it right. It is time to learn from your past mistakes.