I want to expand upon what Heidi wrote about last week–the first day of work and how to get ready for it. All three things that Heidi did to prepare for her first day are excellent and very helpful. I did those three things myself! For almost my entire first year at work, I drove to the train station from my parents’ house and took the train into the city. I made sure I drove that route at least twice before the big day, and I also left very early on my first day to be 100% sure I wouldn’t miss my train. I also looked up the company before my interview and after, just like Heidi, because it made me feel more confident to have some knowledge of its business practices.

Also, I can’t stress enough how important it is to lay out clothes the night before. I still try and do it every night before work because it gives me that much more extra time in the morning. And, if you’re anything like me, sleep is the most important part of your day :).

Heidi’s tips were very helpful, and I’d like to give three more:

1. Eat something. This is incredibly important because you never know what is going to come up on your first day. On my first day, I had training until 1pm and if I hadn’t had breakfast that morning, I would have melted onto the floor way before then. Make sure you choose something healthy AND filling, and don’t overdo it on the coffee. You don’t want the shakes when you’re meeting people around the office.

2. Try to remember people’s names. I remember this being incredibly hard for me because my supervisor took me around my entire department and introduced me to everyone (she’d bring me into a group of cubicles and introduce me to 4-5 people at a time). Obviously, I couldn’t remember everyone’s name then and I don’t think anyone would expect you to do the same, but remember some people: your supervisor, manager, people you will be working with most of the time. This shows that you’re paying attention and are willing and excited to learn.

3. Pay attention. This really goes without saying, but hear me out: I know that I can get nervous and wrapped up in my own head and forget almost everything a person is telling me. Try not to do that! If you’re supervisor/trainer/manger is explaining how to complete a task, pay attention. Don’t ask them to repeat everything they just told you a moment before. They’ll appreciate your attention.

Reading about Heidi’s first day on the job last week made me think back on my own first day and how exciting and terrifying it was, simultaneously. It’s an important day! But, just like Heidi wrote in her last post, the company would not have hired you if they didn’t think you could do it :).

Good luck to everyone who is starting their first day of work or school!