7 TIPS TO BECOME A PRO FRESHER.
For years we have been promised that once we clear our 10 grade things will become better. We dragged ourselves through the high school and also bagged a degree but the question is still the same, when does this get better? The amount of craze and excitement we had for our fresher’s party turned into equal amounts of stress and worries about being a fresher in the work world. We all have come across the meme that talks about job eligibility on the basis of work experience and questioned HOW!
We know the drill. We know the dilemma you must face with a degree in your hand but endless scouting for legitimate freshers jobs in your relevant field. Freshers usually panic about the workload, work exploitation, inability to fit in, even feel under confident or out of place for that matter. We have spent more than a decade educating ourselves, learning theories & modules to ensure we were well versed with our course and its basics. But the question is did they teach us how to be a pro fresher?
We have mastered and learnt all the knowledge in the book, we also know the history and the geography of the concerning field, but we don’t know how to break the ice to practice and put the skills to use in real life.
Here’s a quick run through to help you overcome this dilemma and dive into different factors that will help you become a fresher pro. Lets go!
Research, Learn, Explore.
The term research itself means a wide study of something specific. What we have to suggest here is research and learn things about your career field as well as what other aspects come into the organisation that you will become a part of. Form openness to learn and explore the working of the entire organisation rather than sticking to your own job role and its responsibilities. Try and interact with people outside your department, learn how their role functions, this will expand your knowledge about an organisation and also prepare you to explore different fields when and if you ever wish to. So step out of your zone, interact, read, research, explore and fuel yourself with knowledge that will always favour your progress.
Don’t dive for monetary pleasure.
In the beginning of your career, you might face this huge dilemma of accepting opportunities for the kind of pay it offers or the exposure. We suggest, don’t dive for monetary outcomes. It may seem like the money offered to you is the value of our talent/skill, but it doesn’t work like that. Try to bag as much experience as you can and overlook the monetary outcome for at least a year or two. Try being thorough with the industry you are going to work with and learn the most of it during this period. Be well versed with the responsibilities that come with your job role as this will help you go a long way in your career life. Once you’ve surpassed this phase, you will be eligible enough to quote a salary that serves justice to your skill and all these efforts will turn out to be fruitful for you.
Degree is the beginning not the end.
Since the world has always promised about how your life will fall in place after you graduate your expectation and approach towards graduating has been misled. While a degree may seem like the end or the final result of your life, let us tell you it's the mere beginning. Don’t let the scores flow your boat or let you take your decision otherwise. Don’t let the scores on the sheet make you overconfident or under confident. Take a leap of faith and dive into various experiences the world is yet to offer. While degree may be the end to your bachelor life it is the very beginning of adulthood and all the perks and cons that come with it. So buckle up and stay excited, not nervous and agitated.
Be well versed with your skills.
Speaking of how a degree doesn’t justify your future and what it has in store for you, it brings us to your inherent skill. We all are born with a skill that we master as and how we grow in this world and also manage to learn things beyond it. Being a fresher will never take away this existing skill from you. So be confident and embrace your talent and skill you’ve spent years mastering, don’t let any interview undermine you or question your talent to perform something in particular. Don’t question the process, keep at it and even if you haven't discovered your skill now, you eventually will. In case you’re wondering how you can improve your skills, here’s how! Start applying for various internship programmes, read about articles of your relevant field, the future it holds. Find colleagues to work on small time projects with where you can apply your book knowledge. If you are looking for internship programmes currently at the comfort of your home, to manage studies and work simultaneously, check out Gorewo remote job/ internship offers here.
Know your priorities.
What we mean by this is stop chasing temporary happiness. Being in the age of newly graduating, entering the so-called adulthood can be a mirage. You will be tempted to do things because maybe your friends are trying it out or solely because you have been deprived of that experience. We don’t mean to be preachy and neither do we claim that having fun is a loss, but figure a way to balance things out. There are experiences beyond books and offices and they should be celebrated well but don’t end up making hasty decisions. Say for eg: You may be distracted by your first trip planned with friends and have to choose between an internship offer and that trip. Make your call wisely, be thorough about your choice. We repeat, it’s not about the internship or a vacation but about how that particular experience shapes your personality and helps you learn things beyond books.
Know where your interest lies.
Don’t let any set of experience convince you that you know enough. There’s always more to learn, more to explore, more room to make mistakes and enough room to fix them. Don’t keep yourself restricted to your skills, step out and learn newer ones. Keep applying for internships or jobs at various organisations for various job roles to see which one you perform the best. There is no specified time for one to figure their skills or scope of interest but constant experimentation will help you paint a clearer picture of your abilities and where your interest truly lies irrespective of what you’re good at.
Adjusting with work colleagues.
A meaningful conversation is the real icebreaker at any new organisation you become a part of. It may be natural to feel out of place during the first few days at the organisation so we suggest you to start off simple. Initiate conversations that reflect interest in your colleagues working department. Try to learn their way of work, what hacks they follow to maximise productivity and balance break times, what do they truly enjoy in their department and so on. Don’t judge yourself for what you know since it may feel like you don’t belong there, you may begin to question your skills seeing everybody do their job so efficiently. But don’t forget we all have to be in the fresher’s shoe before we step into the one that knows everything. Be yourself, even if that involves admitting not knowing something you are expected to know. Ask for an explanation rather than nodding a blank yes. Learning and growing with your colleagues will help you form a great bond around.
Being a fresher doesn’t mean you don’t know anything or you’re entitled to know everything, it simply means you are in for learning things in the practical world. We cannot emphasise on how much embracing your true self is going to help you sustain through all the challenges in the work world and even beyond it. Explore different avenues, don’t hesitate in taking up challenges or making unusual decisions, you’ll learn regardless of it being right or wrong.
Nobody can ever dictate what will suit you the best so don’t let anybody have an upperhand on your decision making skill, you may be new to things but never dumb. Always be open to suggestions but be affirmative where the need be, stay humble and focused through the many ups and downs that await you in your near future. Invest time in learning more about yourself, because once you know yourself better nobody gets to tag you as something. You know your flaws and your perfections better than anybody out there in the world. There will always be rejections or judgments in the world, and exam results have made us used to this fact so don’t take it so seriously that you lose the will to try new things. Speaking of new things for all you new people out here stressing about your career, check what Gorewo has to offer you and your skilful mind. We know it for a fact that you’ll crack more than one interview if you tried it rather than stressing about it. Go for it, explore, learn, and create your own success. Good luck!