Once you get your dream job, you feel invincible. Your friends, family everyone around you have already moved on to the next set of dreams, and why not, you have had a great start and its just a matter of time when everything else falls in place. Well, the reality is that this may or may not be accurate, so be grounded and brace yourself for a more significant encounter. It would require you to sustain and excel in your first ever job. It is no big deal, everyone faces this situation, and to help yourself cope better, we are providing a brief walk through some of the challenges and how to overcome them.
Expectations Vs. Reality: The corporate world today could be mean and ruthless. Everybody means business, and that’s what it is all about, don’t take things personally or get upset on how others treat you. This world is not going to give you anything quickly, it will throw challenges at you and will wait for you to prove yourself, and once you have done that, you will get your due. Be patient, be perseverant.
Politics In The Workplace Is A Reality: All is not fair here, there may be ups and downs, and it’s very much a part of life here. Your goal should be to get in the good books by doing the right things. Remember, you are building a brand out of yourself, and you can’t afford to give it a weak foundation. The world is watching you!
Easy To Get Distracted: This may be the first time you are on your own, managing your food, lodging, money, taking decisions which usually a parent may have chosen for you earlier. This freedom can be overwhelming and can lead to easy distractions. Be aware that everything in moderation is good.
EQ Is Equally Essential: Attitude and aptitude go hand in hand here, you may have the best solution in the world, but if you don’t have your team’s buy-in, it’s not getting anywhere. You may be already high on IQ (Intelligence Quotient) but its time to ace EQ(Emotional Quotient) now.
It’s A Roller Coaster: Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and most of the times you manage. Every day will bring a new challenge, keep your cool, do your homework well and make informed decisions. Key is to remind yourself each day of your personal and professional goals, focus on your task at hand and give it your best.
Change Is The Way Of Life: Everything around you is getting a constant upgrade, there may be much feedback coming your way too, don’t let it surprise you, tackle this by cultivating an open mindset, a positive outlook.
It Takes A Team: Success is not an individual’s, your superiors, team members, subordinates and others from your organization support you in your quest, don’t ever take that for granted.
It’s A Small World: News, gossips, information spreads like wildfire. What you put out there is coming back to you sooner or later. Stay focused and avoid loose talks.
Anybody Can Make A Difference: Don’t ever think you are too small to make a difference as if you can accomplish if you set your mind to it.
We hope this was some excellent food for thought. Mull over it and practice it if it makes sense to you, we wish you great success in your career!