Date posted: 10/08/2019

How to survive: University to your career

Become a student affiliate

Discover the accounting and finance world by signing up as a Chartered Accountants ANZ Student Affiliate. It’s free and just takes a few minutes.

Sign Up NowAbout Become a student affiliate

Congratulations! You've completed your degree, landed a job, and the first day is around the corner. What do you need to think about as you prepare to move into the world of work?

Here are some tips to help you in that transition:

Learn about business etiquette

You'll need to be professional at all times, and respect those you work with. Find out what constitute good business etiquette.

Observe and learn

Don't go in with all guns blazing. Take the time to observe how the organisation works, what the roles of the individuals and departments are, how employees dress, and the organisational structure.

Dress for success

First impressions count, so dress slightly more formally than you would normally, until you get to know the dress code.

Get organised

If you're not normally an organised person, this is the time to be so. Get in the habit before you start work - and even apply it to your life outside work with things like good time management.

Learn from others

Talk to family and friends about their first jobs, the challenges they faced, and any tips they can give you.

Ask questions

Don't sit there wondering about things, ask those around you if you're unsure. They won't think any less of you, and it'll also break the ice and give you an excuse to engage.

Watch your finances

Working full-time can be more expensive than you think. You may need new clothes that need regular dry cleaning. There are travel expenses, lunches to buy, drinks at the end of the day, and many more costs. Be cautious for the first few months until you get used to the spending pattern.

Regular feedback

Ask regularly for feedback from managers and other employees. Don't ask every five minutes as that becomes annoying, but once a week, say, just check that you're doing OK.

Have fun

Far from being a tedious chore, your first job is an exciting place to learn. If you're positive and enthusiastic, it will create a good impression. A bit of enjoyment will go a long way.