How to make the most of the first 30 days in your new job

Written by: Charlotte Rogers
Published on: 15 Apr 2019

Firstly, congratulations on securing your new job. You’ve made it past the first hurdle, but you may be feeling a bit nervous to start your induction period. Almost everyone worries about their first month in a new job. It can be because it’s a learning process and many people are afraid to make mistakes, but now is the time to make them and ask as many questions as you may need. You should take this time to learn and enjoy the first month you have in your new workplace because you won’t get this time back. The hiring manager offered you the position for a reason and it’s important to not lose sight of how far you’ve come, even though nerves can sometimes make it harder. There are a few tips we would like to share with you to help calm those nerves, so you can make the most of the first 30 days in your new role.

Be Prepared

Make sure you are prepared for your first day. Even though it’s likely that your new workplace will have provided the essentials like pens, notepads etc. You may want to remember a few little things, from pens to lunch money, just for your own peace of mind. Make sure you bring everything you think is necessary for your first day at work, it can range depending on the type of job you have. Showing your employer that you are prepared, shows them that you want this job and are ready to go straight away. Nerves can sometimes cause forgetfulness, so it can be good practice to write a list of everything you may need for your first day.

Look and dress the part

Depending on what field you have chosen to work in, you may have some sort of dress code. Make sure you are aware of this before your first day at work. It can be something you ask about during the interview stage if you think it is relevant, or make sure you try to get in contact before your first day. No one wants to be over-dressed or too casual on their first days, so it can be good to stick to an outfit you wore in your interviews. Additionally, if you are in a sector of engineering that requires safety wear, you may want to think about what you will need or question whether the employer will supply it for you or not. Ultimately, dress for the job you have, it won’t go underappreciated.

Set your goals

Make it clear to both yourself and your manager what your goals are. Goals can include both long-term and short-term goals and it will give you something to work towards. Having goals set by yourself or your manager can help with motivation. During the first 30 days of employment, you can often feel lost and may struggle to find things to do, but if you have some goals mapped out, it can bring some extra guidance to each day. Coming into work on your first day with some potential goal ideas will show your manager that you are ready to work, they will appreciate your determination and your ability to come into work prepared for the day.

Challenge yourself and take opportunities

Make sure your goals are allowing you to reach your full potential. It will show your superiors and your team that you are willing to work hard, and they will appreciate you straight from the beginning. By constantly challenging yourself you relinquish the possibility of coasting through your career, you keep yourself motivated and interested in your work. If you’re unable to complete your goal the first time, try again. It’s very clear that the first 30 days will be a whirlwind of new information thrown at you, but it’s important to not let this scare you. You may be busy trying to remember every little detail but don’t allow this to push you away from any additional opportunities they may offer you. Where pushing yourself is great, you want to be able to set goals that are of your ability. There will be plenty of time for learning and as time goes by, your goals may increase in difficulty. Starting a new job can be challenging and you want to push yourself, but with all the training and other elements of starting a new job, being too hard on yourself and taking on too much to fast can really affect your work flow.

Get to know your colleagues

Where you are expected to still work hard during the first 30 days, you are also expected to take the time to get to know your colleagues better. You will be spending a lot of time with your co-workers and it’s important to learn about them and introduce yourself appropriately. Getting to know your team will show that you care about their interests and you will work much better in a team if you get along. There can be times where you may not get along with everyone in your proximity but keeping a professional outlook on the relationships will smooth out problems. You’re all there to do a job after all and it will only strengthen your bond as a team.

Enjoy and embrace the induction

Your induction can be both stressful and exciting. You will learn so much in the first 30 days of a new job but keeping yourself composed would be ideal. (Although sometimes easier said than done) You will never get this time back and it’s good to enjoy it. Learn about your colleagues, put in the extra work, and appreciate every second of it. Remember, there is a reason you wanted this job, it’s important to keep sight of your ambition and don’t forget the reason you’re here. Some people often get bored in the first month because you may not have much responsibility, but it’s only the beginning of showing them what you can do.

Own any simple mistakes you make, now is the best time to make them after all. Take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and never feel guilty for asking them. Colleagues and management are there to help you and you are there to help them and make a difference. Engineering can sometimes be a challenging industry, technology advances are always happening, so it may seem hard to keep up at times. But stick to these tips and you will hopefully make an everlasting positive impression. Take what you learn everywhere you go and embrace the first 30 days of any new job.