First Day on the (Grown-Up) Job
Over the years some of us have worked our way around the part-time job block, scoring CV wow-ers such as sandwich artist, ceramics creative (seriously) and “insert aspirational field here” assistant. But no matter how many times you do it, the first day/week/month of a job is a terrifying experience - especially when it’s your first ever ‘grown up’ job. There is a lot riding on that shiny new email signature, so learn from those who have gone before you in this wee introduction to the yo-pro world.
Life is probs not going to be like Devil Wears Prada. As much as you are an Anne Hathaway lookalike, chances are there won't be a lovely colleague who will turn your first-day-disaster outfit into work-appropriate chic. So do some risk management and try suss out the company vibe before hand, and if all else fails invest in some loafers (but secretly never give up hope a devastatingly fashionable gay man will drag you into the wardrobe of your dreams).
Step away from your desk! Go to coffee, after work-drinks (beverage of choice discussed in the latter), the communal kitchen to eat your leftover pasta, heck even to the water cooler. If an invite is extended - grip on to it until the edges get all dog-eared. It’s bloody scary, especially for the types who would rather hide at their desk all day behind a Throwback Thursday Spotify playlist, but it will mean all the difference in the transition from "I know nobody" to "Hey let's grab our weekly coffee best pal in the universe"... unless you really work with suckers in which case we recommend "Songs That Get Drunk White Girls Excited" for workday beats.
BAKEBAKEBAKEBAKEBAKE literally who doesn't like the gal who brings salted caramel cupcakes. Or if you find the whole fan bake/heat/grill oven-symbol struggle is real, don your apron and wear the title of tea-maker with pride.
Learn the diff between "Cc", "Bcc" and "Entire Group Bulletin" quickly. Very quickly.
For goodness sake learn to drink something other than Rosé. Yes okay red may be scary, stainy and slightly fishy but future you will be full of thanks when you are at this year’s Christmas party and don't have to ask the waiter why pink wine isn't on the list (just asking for a friend).
SCHNACKS possibly the most important piece of advice you'll ever be given, have them handy. Almonds, TimTams, mandarins or a family-size bag of crispy M&Ms - make sure your secret top drawer is semi-stocked along with a big-ass bottle of water to ward off them afternoon screen-headaches.
Not everyone is lucky enough to land the job of their dreams right away (gen-y so unfair), so find a way to love your day. Whether it be some fab Kikki K stationery, a 1pm calendar date with yourself and the beaut cafe down the street or a mid-morning cup of strawberry green tea in your huge Kmart mug ($3!!!), find something to get you through.
In all honesty, first days are always going to give you turning-up-naked nightmares. The best preparation is knowing that your only job for this week is to just get through, find your footing and try not to sass whoever pays you.