Monday, 5 August 2013

The Confessions Of Surviving As The New Girl...

Before I begin I have another confession to make. Brace yourselves people, you might want to sit down.... I think I like my job. I know right? I'm as stunned as you are. I have gone from dreading going to almost looking forward to it. Yeah I think I'm sick. But in all seriousness, once you get past the whole getting covered in poo and having your hand chewed off by a Labrador (true story bro) I have actually begun to enjoy myself. I get on well with the people I work with, I have a laugh and I get to cuddle cute kittens and puppy dogs. I thought liking your job was a myth as my first part time job working for a supermarket (I wont name which one to remain professional) was quite frankly horrendous. The managers/business itself demeaned anyone below them and I quite frankly got treated like a door mat. So I'm shocked to actually have a liking towards employment. It's quite nice.

Okay so moving on, being the new girl or boy sucks. No one likes being the new person whether that's in school,uni or work. You dread everything and you assume no one will like you because everyone already has history together. Me being the worlds worst worrier, I am on the brink of anxiety attacks before I even begin. I have come a long way since my first few shifts, in fact, I'm even trusted now to be in charge of training the work experience kids. Big deal right? So I thought I'd share with you my top tips of surviving being the newbie.

Step 1. Be Brave. Easier said then done right? But just do it. I know you can do it, you know deep down you can do it so haul your ass in there, bite the bullet and before you know it, you'll be taking it in your stride.

Step 2. Don't quit. Building up confidence for me is hard, especially in a new job. After particularly rough days I dread when I have to next be in and end up buying as many lottery tickets as possible to get out of ever going back. There have been days when I've thought to myself 'I don't need this job really, I could just quit right now and never come back.' Don't talk yourself out of it. It's the most satisfying feeling to know at the end you stuck with it.

Step 3. Be friendly. Nothing annoys me more then when new people keep to themselves on break and don't engage with any conversation. How do you expect to make friends in the workplace if you aren't willing to try? Now I'm not saying go in all guns blazing but simple polite questions and small talk will eventually lead to banter and laughter.

Step 4. Be Confident. Your fellow colleagues will appreciate you more when you start using your initiative. Taking on roles by yourself and always trying to remain ahead of the game or workload. In fact, they will admire you more for your ability to work independently.

Step 5. Don't be afraid to ask. I always get nervous asking for help from people at work in case they think I'm being stupid or doing a job wrong. At the end of the day it is better to do a job properly and be confident that it is right then to attempt something you're unsure of and end up doing it all wrong.

So, I have no idea if my above steps will be of any use to anyone out there in the world but it's there if you need it. Walk tall, act strong and take it in your stride.

L.Bel xoxo

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