Important days of your work-life
First Ninety days on the Right First Job
So, you’ve landed a job and are very excited! You should be, because you have put in a lot of effort to get the job but what is even more critical than that? Retaining a job! There are there reasons why the first ninety days are the most important days of your work career.
Reason 1: You have to learn on your own
When you were a child, your parents, especially your mother, helped you understand the world around you. She was there to guide you in everything that you did. But there are a few children who are deprived of this wonderful gift by god. So how do they manage? They learn each and every thing on their own. They learn how to live and tackle this competitive world.
The first ninety days on the right first job (RFJ) is like a child without a mother’s support. When you are fresh out of college, your mindset is also that of a student. Freshers expect seniors and bosses to guide them through every step of the job. But the reality is different. Once you enter the corporate world, you are all by yourself. You will be provided with some initial training, but that will be only for a limited period. After that, you need to learn the tricks for the trade to survive. So the first ninety days in the RFJ is a very difficult period for any fresher and if it is not managed well, it can lead to failure in the first job and even impact your career.
Reason 2: You have to move from student life to corporate life
Your transition from a student ethic to an employee ethic is very important. The way you listen, the way you learn, the way you behave in a team, the way you speak, etc. are all part of the employee ethic.
When you are a student, you are very informal with other students. Many teaching faculty members are also informal. But when you work in an organization, you will realize that everything is very formal. For example, if you tell your boss that you will submit the report he/she asked for on next Monday at 10 a.m., he/she will take you seriously and expect you to deliver a high quality report at the committed date and time. If you do not deliver the high quality report on time, there will be consequences. But when you are a student working in project teams, your team members will understand if you are not ready with the report on time, or if the quality of the report is not up to the mark. This is just one example of the critical different between the student work ethic and the employee work ethic. In the first ninety days, you have to successfully complete the transformation from student life to corporate life.
Reason 3: First impressions are very important
First impressions are the best or worst impressions, What does this mean? Your boss and your colleagues decide what kind of person you are, based on what you do in the first ninety days. If you keep your deadlines, if you meet your targets, if you learn to work in teams, then you will be the favourite of your boss and team. If you don’t do the above, then your boss and colleagues will start believing that you are not serious about the job or you are not competent. Both these impressions will stay for a long time.
It is important that you leave the best impression on their minds because, as the saying goes, ‘The first impression is the last impression.’
The ‘honeymoon period’ myth
There is always a ‘honeymoon period’ in the first job- this is actually a very common myth that fresher’s believe in. Freshers believe that the employer will be lenient to them in the first ninety days because the employer is aware that they are fresh out of college and need time to adjust to the corporate atmosphere.
Based on this happy belief of a ‘honeymoon period’, fresher’s tend to take the initial days lightly. They think that no one is watching them and their work, but this is a BIG mistake.
You are watched every minute. You must strive hard and put your best foot forward because there is nothing called a ‘honeymoon period.’ Companies pay you a salary and so they expect output from you. Therefore, you must ensure that you give your best and contribute towards the success of the organization from day one.
Author: T. Muralidharan
Name of publication: Telangana Today
Date published on: 02/04/2018
published in: Hyderabad