Tag Archives: Survival tricks on few first days

Don’t Think Just Do

The title sound shallow as a tips.

But it actually a very good tips for you whom spend too much time thinking, analyzing, dwelling in thoughts rather than being out there and taking some actions.

In your very first day in the office, you will feel overwhelmed; a lot of jargon that you don’t know, a lot of number that not make any sense, a lot of people/stakeholders that you don’t understand.

Too many times, fresh grads will spend too much time overthink of something. You feel hesitant to ask, you feel silly for not able to contribute in meeting, and when you say something you are unsure & afraid that your suggestion is wrong…

Well, the overall tips, sometimes you don’t need to overthink something, just do it first. If later, you find that you do a mistake, then fix it. Its your only time to do the mistake in your first month, first three months. Its ok to learn from mistake, you are not expected to be a superhuman.

again, Don’t overthink it! sometimes you just need to do it first. Action speak louder than your plan/fear/thought.

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Survival Tips: Conquer your first Team meeting/Tasks

I still remember my very first days in the office.

I was so anxious at that time. I felt insecure, dumb, knew nothing, couldn’t contribute anything and I tried anything I could.

Enrolled myself to one of most prestigious Management Trainee Program inĀ country, I tried to ensure myself that I won’t failed. I tried to impress people.

With all of those things I mentioned above in mind, I tried hard. Too hard probably is better words šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

I sometime asked too many questions, I sometime too afraid to ask questions (depend on the audience)

I tried to look smart, perfect like I had no weaknesses. I rarely asked for help as I will feel stupid if I did so. I tried to solve everything myself, I tried to make the most sophisticated long proposal and research.

And you know what? the result is nothing! Nothing but you learn yourself that professional world is different with your Uni world that you don’t need to act perfect, you don’t need to be smartest to perform.

Looking back (read: looking at some fresh grads in office right now) ; I laugh.

Not because I want to laugh at you, but I laugh at the patterns. How similar it is.

I tell you theĀ 5 importantĀ survival tips on your very first days working:

1. Don’t try to be smartest, because you won’t be one in professional environment. There will be hundreds of people who already worked in the company even before you born to the world. So you can’t be smartest, and its ok not to be one.

2. Don’t afraid to say “I don’t know” – you are new. Its ok to know nothing and answer “I don’t know, I’ll look forward for the answers and come back to you later.”

3. Don’t afraid to ask for help, its ok to let people help you; but then don’t always expect everyone spoon feeding you, just look for necessary information to survive.

4. Don’t try to deliver perfect task/presentation/data in your first attempt! Don’t wait until its perfect to have a discussion with your superior or boss! it will wasting too much time! You will never get A+ or 100 score in professional world. Such thing does not exist here! You need to brainstorm to get a good result, not to mentioned that it can be challenged further by other people. and its ok, as long as you are heading there.

5. Don’t try to do everything at the same time. One little steps at the time. Chances are you become Yes man while you are overwhelmed. Always ask what is the expectation on the output and timeline. But then, don’t be lazy and expect you are getting your salary for only attending trainings and expecting your manager to lecture you everything about the tasks.

Hopefully the tips are helpful!

The Profesional World is not Always About You

A piece of advise that I always give to first week fresh graduates is: “Its not always about you.”

What the hell does it mean? read on..

Fresh graduates, from the day you were born until your graduation day, the major theme of your life is “Me!” ; every decision you make mostly will be about you yourself, or about your family or neighborhood. Even if you claimed that you do something big for the world by doing CSR or making newest technology for people in the world, you always start to begin everything with you at the centre of your life (I am not talking about religion here, please don’t go to the discussion about God at the centre of your life..)

One thing that you need to realize when you want to join professional world is : You sell Yourself to the company! — its not slavery or you sell your freedom or something. But you do sell your potential to company, you do pick the company who can help you grow and learn about bigger world, you do sell your skills to help the company grow as well.

So the first day when you decide to join a professional , please consciously remind yourself: BE PROFESSIONAL!!

What does it mean to be professional? it means.. Don’t take everything personally. Its not always about you.

I give you one example…

On your very first few weeks.. Normally you will be assigned to meet some people, some more senior people- whom you don’t know. You need to meet them, either to get on board or get some datas, or following up several things.

When you come to them, there are so many scenarios that can happen, including this:

You try to catch them up somewhere between their meetings, you come to their desk, and when you try to speak to them, they seems very busy and you wait beside their desk while you gather all of your gut to speak to them : “Excuse Ma’am/Sir, my name is ……..; I am new intern and I need your time to…..” there is a chance that they are staring at you and directly ask : “Ya?” with the rolling eyes and say “Can’t speak now” with ignorance and staring back their desktop/laptop.

And there is bigger chance to feel ruined at that time. You often feel unappreciated or you feel small and nothing compare to their job or you try to think what you did wrong until they treated you that way.

Don’t take it personally, at that point of time.. its the right time to think: “its not about me; they are facing tough days or they are finishing urgent items.”

You will face this kind of events more and more often. Sometime you feel the proposal you made is not appreciated, or no one really hear you, or you are treated unfair. Well, it is anĀ organization, don’t expect it to be as warm as your family, don’t expect it give you a free lunch everyday your whole life.

I am not trying to say that all companies are cold or cruel, it is just the way it is. It will make any decisions that it thinks best for the business in longer terms; just like us. So don’t take it personally, don’t infiltrate everything to your heart or life. Its not about you, its professional world.