Securing your Employment
So you’ve got the job, what now?
This is a guide to assist you in your professional development. Getting a job is the easy part, its securing it and moving up that’s the hardest. Here are a few simple tips for you to keep your job, and succeed:
- Be punctual and reliable
- Understand that you are not going to be the boss after one day!
- Ask questions
- Show common sense and initiative
- Be professional – respect other team mates and Supervisors
Below is a school to work transition diagram to show you the changes that will occur when transitioning from your schooling environment to a work environment.
School to Work Transition
Effective Workplace Communication
It is important to understand how to effectively communicate in the workplace, as the relationships that you build may have an impact on your future career pathways. In order to be an effective communicator, you need to learn how to get your point across clearly, this involves being assertive, rather than passive or aggressive. An assertive communicator is someone who is able to voice an opinion whilst remaining respectful of others. A passive communicator is someone who does not voice their opinion, they instead, put others opinions before their own. Finally, an aggressive communicator is someone who voices their opinion and forces it upon others in an aggressive manner.
Being an assertive communicator when something upsets you in the workplace:
- Identify and assess the situation
- Communicate your opinion
- Discuss how it made you feel
- Look at an alternative solution
Being an assertive listener:
Communication is not a one way process. It involves a sender and a receiver. Sometimes you will be the sender, where you are discussing a topic with colleagues, and other times, you will be a receiver, where you listen to someone else. It is important to show people that you are listening by nodding, asking questions and repeating part of the message back to show the sender that you understood the message.
When you join the workforce, you will, at times, be apart of a team. Being a part of a team can be a very rewarding process which helps you learn new skills and reflect on yourself. Working within a diverse team can be challenging at times especially when no one can seem to agree upon a decision, but this can actually be a good thing. A common dysfunction that occurs when working in a team is called group think. Group think occurs when everyone in the team agrees upon decisions just to avoid conflict. This can result in a poorly thought out decision, and failure of the project you are working on. Conflict in this sense is something to be valued, as when everyone is constantly questioning and changing the decision, an effective outcome can be achieved.
The most important part of any experience is reflection. Reflection occurs when you evaluate an experience by identifying the following questions:
- What happened?
- How did it make you feel?
- Was there anything you would like to do or not do again?
- What are some alternative solutions?
- What are the main points to take away?
Reflection helps you to look inwards and evaluate how well you handled a situation and what to do next time. It is an important part of both your personal and professional development. If you don’t reflect on your actions, you won’t grow and you won’t learn from mistakes.
- Keep a diary!: Not a child’s diary, but a diary that allows you to evaluate an experience and keep it as a log for continual reference. Writing things down also helps the brain to remember.
- Make it a habit: Try to remember to reflect on your day. You can do this in your head as you are driving home, or before you go to bed. This will especially help if you have had a bad day. You can think everything through, and make a plan to do things differently next time. Remember, you control your own attitude!
- Create change: If during your reflection you continually come across the same problem, create an alternative solution and stick to it. Reflection is all about learning about yourself and improving your development. So when you find problems, make up a variety of solutions, and test them out until you come across the right one.