5 tips for making a great impression in your first job
February 24, 2020
A lot of interns and grads find the transition from uni to corporate a bit daunting. And, it’s true, the world of work can be very different from what you’re used to. Accenture Graduate Recruiter, Nicole Lange shares her top five tips for working effectively with your new team and making a smooth transition into the workplace.
1. Bring the right attitude – Be positive about everything. Even if the task you’re given is pretty basic, do it well and with enthusiasm. This is how you build trust with your team. Soon, they’ll give you more interesting work.
With my colleagues in the Melbourne grad recruitment team – before I relocated to Brisbane!
2. Be productive –Make a checklist of the tasks you need to get done and schedule time for them in your work calendar. If you’re working on a deadline, make sure you minimise distractions. Turn off your phone and put it out of your line of sight. Turn off the IM pings and email alerts on your laptop. These might sound like small changes, but they can really improve your work speed.
When you’re given a task, try to ask all your questions upfront, so you don’t need to stop to ask questions along the way. That said, if you do get stuck on a task, don’t be afraid to ask for help or go back to your manager with questions. It’s much better to ask and do it right than waste time doing something incorrectly. When in doubt, ask for feedback.
Celebrating NAIDOC week with our AIME hoodies
3. Extend courtesy to everyone – Treat everyone with respect, regardless of their role and level in the organisation. If someone helps you, try to thank them in person. Respect your co-workers’ time and workspace. Make an effort to dress appropriately for the job (but make sure to still reflect your personality of course!). If you’re not sure, ask your recruitment team or future manager. If in doubt, dress up – not down.
4. Understand meeting etiquette - You’re going to attend a lot of meetings – virtually and in person. Here’s how to make the most of them:
Volunteering as part of Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship Program
5. Communicate like a pro – When you join a team, ask what communication methods are used for different purposes. Being mindful of individual and client preferences helps build productive and positive working relationships.
On a recent holiday in Bali
Don’t stress if this all seems a bit overwhelming. Everyone appreciates how hard it is being the new person. The best thing about Accenture is that we try really hard to welcome and support you - we have world class professional development and career coaching programs. Soon everything that seemed confusing will be second nature. Then, when the next new person arrives, you can be the one to help them settle in!
No matter what you studied or where you are in life, we’ve got programs for you. Get in touch and explore what’s on offer today at www.accenture.com/campus.
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