First Day at a New Job
The Steinbright Career Development Center takes pride in ensuring that Drexel students are more than ready to participate in their cooperative education position, with resources including the COOP 101 course and a co-op advisor assigned to each student. It's Steinbright resources like these that help students launch their career.
If you've recently accepted a position, consider these first-day-of-work tips for overcoming challenges at your new job and help make a positive impression on your new boss, co-workers, and mentors.
Build and Maintain Relationships
Immersing yourself in a new environment can be intimidating, but the only way to become part of the team is to ensure people know who you are. Take time to go around and introduce yourself to your co-workers. They will be excellent resources for practical knowledge and networking in the years to come.
Stay Connected to Drexel
You may be off campus but Drexel still has a lot to offer students working in their co-op position. Stay in touch with your Co-op advisor, and take advantage of Drexel's great workshops and events. The Counseling Center is also available for all students, whether on co-op or not, who are seeking counseling services.
The best way to exceed expectations is to know what's expected of you. Read up on company policies and make sure you adhere to them.
Read the Employee Handbook
Most jobs will give you a guide full of useful information about the policies of your new workplace. This usually includes guidelines for computer and cell phone usage, who to call if you will be out, signature format for emails, lunch times if applicable, and more. Make sure you know this information so you're prepared for any occasion.
Meet with your Manager
It's not just polite to meet with your manager on your first day, it will also be extremely helpful. Take this opportunity to learn what is expected of you and ask questions about your daily tasks. Make sure to ask how your performance will be evaluated, including how frequently you'll be checking in, as well any other questions you have to ensure that you get the most out of your co-op experience.
Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. This is your chance to demonstrate your strengths and show your employer the value you bring to the company. By making your voice heard, you also provide your new co-workers an opening to get to know you and make a positive first impression.
Make sure you're taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically. Look for warning signs like headaches and trouble sleeping. It's important to pay attention to your body and ensure you're performing to your full potential.
You should also make sure you have your priorities organized at work. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed; taking care of small tasks right away can prevent them from building up. Keeping a "to-do" list will also help you stay on top of your tasks.
You've been preparing for this day, and you're ready to take the next step in your career! Keep these tips in mind, and don't hesitate to reach out to your co-op advisor — they're with you for the entire experience, and will be staying in touch. With your advisor's support, everything you've done to prepare, and what you've learned in COOP 101 — you'll do great.