First day jitters?

Added by Apprenticeships Norfolk on 11/09/2015 8:23am

I’ve had one or two jobs in the past, but I can still remember my first day at my first job. Actually I can remember my first day at every job, it’s the same every time and can be an alien environment for any first timer.

The first day is obviously the worst. The nerves kick in before you even leave your front door. Your brain starts to mess with you, are you late? What do you wear? What are you doing?! And then you arrive, dressed in your finest office gear and head in through the door. Who was it you had to ask for at reception, again?

Once you’re in through the door and met by your manager (whose name you remembered just in time) the whirlwind first day begins, a tour, a million and one introductions (you might just remember one or two names, I didn’t), a computer, phone and a mountain of forms to fill. And then it’s over, you’re out the door and on your way home. Phew!

The first day or two are ablur of inductions and introductions, but once they’re done you can finally sit down at your desk to begin your job. That’s when you realise you’ve never done it before. What do you actually do?

Luckily you’ll be working with people who know what they’re doing and they’ll be there to help and guide you. Managers will set you work at pace you can cope with, colleagues will be more than happy to offer help and advice.

You will still encounter problems in the first few days and weeks. You’ll feel a bit daft asking questions that seems ridiculous, like how do I work the printer? Who is that? Where do I find those? You might not even want to ask for fear of sounding stupid.

Don’t worry though, your colleagues, manager or mentor have all been there before. Everyone had to have a first day, they all know what it’s like and believe it or not they will all be more than happy to help. People often say there is no such thing as a stupid question, and they are right. If you can’t work something…ask, if you can’t find something…ask, if you are stuck? That’s right…ask!

Learning from those around you who have the knowledge and experience is a key part of any Apprenticeship, every question you ask will provide you with another piece of the puzzle. In fact you can never ask enough.

Here’s me on my first day of my Apprenticeship, I’m the one who looks far too relaxed! (sitting in the chair, not making bread!)

Chris – Youth Worker apprentice with NCC