You're likely excited to have landed your first "professional" position, and are ready to wow supervisors and coworkers with your innovative ideas and up-to-date way of doing things. But slow down. It's far savvier to listen to the ideas of others and learn the way they are doing things. You don't yet have the experience to know what works and what doesn't work. Your big idea may blow up in your face.
Leadership ability is a highly valued trait in employees, but as a young professional, you first need to learn how to follow. The first year on the job is an important time to integrate yourself into the team, and show that you are reliable, consistent, and clearly understand the directives given to you by supervisors. It's time to "pay your dues," so to speak. Trying to take the lead can rub others the wrong way.
If you thought juggling five classes in one semester was difficult, you'll be in awe of how much attention and organization it takes to balance all of your new job responsibilities. And, there's no one there to remind you.
Utilize your computer to keep a detailed calendar, and start a system early on to organize emails and contact information. Start a filing system for all documents, mail and papers floating around your desk. This will help you stay on top of all of your projects, and prevent anything from slipping through the cracks.
It's a beginner's mistake to think that finding problems and pointing them out will earn you brownie points with your new boss. But, if you really want to impress them, find solutions to existing problems.
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