Playtime’s over kids! Now’s the time to pretend to be a grown-up every weekday from 9-5 at your first office job. Walking into a building filled with working (actual) grown-ups may be intimidating at first but you can do this. You can do this!
1. Come Prepared
Remember how getting a new pencil case and pens got you all excited when you were about to start a new class? Did you think that excitement would fall away as soon as you grew a litte? Ha! Go office supply shopping to get you amped for your first day. Get a new coffee cup, a ‘work’ handbag, cute notebook.
2. Bring all the snacks
Before you get cracking on sitting on that desk and getting work started, do you have enough snacks around to nibble on? Being anxious sucks. Being anxious and hungry sucks even more. Take light snacks like nuts and some fruit. And chocolate for that inevitable late afternoon slump.
3. Bring earphones
Admin work feels less tedious when you have Beyonce playing in your ears while you do it
4. Make sure you have enough work
But don’t turn into an annoyance. We all know that in order to impress, we should be asking for more and more work to show that we’re willing to put in the effort (and maybe get hired for real). But be careful to not bug your supervisor every other minute going, what can I do now? What can I do now? Remember that they’re busy too. Instead of continously asking what else you can do, rather look at what they’re busy with and offer to assist them with something specific.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
If you’re given a task that you don’t fully understand, rather ask to clarify what you have to do. Don’t worry about sounding stupid or incompetent, it’s better to risk sounding stupid for a second rather than really looking stupid if you do a task wrong because you didn’t ask about it.