I started my first official office job back in the summer after years of being in education. A whole new environment than I’m used to, there’s a lot to learn about being in an office. Don’t be that guy that brings in the smelly lunch, you’ll never find an office temperature everyone is happy with, and know once one person gets’s sick, the rest of the office won’t be far behind… Here’s some of my key learnings from the first few months:
Spending money earnt is the best feeling there is
I’ve always been a money-spender, there’s no denying that, but spending money you know you’ve earned is 10 times more rewarding. I’ve basically spent the last 4 months on the ASOS New In page and have been treating myself to a new wardrobe addition weekly…. oops.
It’s good to ask questions – even the stupid ones!
One thing I knew I wasn’t great at prior to this job was asking questions. I’m naturally quite shy until I get to know people, but my 3 years at university has helped me come out of my shell. In the past few months I’ve been learning about a whole new industry and working life, so I’ve had to ask a lot of questions. I’ve come to realise that it’s good to ask questions, even the stupid ones. Not only is it helping my manager by getting me up to speed on things so I’m able to my job the best I can, it’s also going to help me in the long run. I’m asking more questions, building my knowledge so that eventually I can go further in my career. It’s how we learn after all!
A little bit of confidence
Like I said previously, I’m a quiet person with not the most confidence in the world. Having said that, I feel like the last few months I’ve come on leaps and bounds in my confidence. I graduated, and I was chucked into some pretty frightening interviews, one of which was obviously successful! Getting this job, and feeling like I’m doing a good job and an asset to the team has boosted my confidence even more. I’ve learnt that I’m capable and just as useful as those who have been working in this job for years!
Time management is EVERYTHING
I like to think I’m pretty good at time management, but this job has definitely put my skills to the test. After 3 years of only having lectures and social activities to fit into my schedule, I suppose time management wasn’t such an issue. Forward-wind to now, where I’m juggling two jobs, working 6 days a week, blogging, working out, and finding time to socialise and the pictures a bit different. But so far, I think I’m doing a pretty good job.
Jumper – Primark | Skirt – Bershka at ASOS | Boots – New Look | Bag – Boohoo
Routine, routine, routine
Time management is important, but so is routine. I blab on about routine so much, but it generally does so much for my mental wellbeing. For the past 3 years, my routine was scattered and I struggled with daily things like my sleep and being productive, but a solid routine fixes that. Working consistent hours every week does wonders for my mental wellbeing.
What did you learn in your first office job?