Posted by Brian McCullough
Especially if you are beginning your first job after college, or your first job in a new industry or vertical, you may only have a vague idea of what to expect. In fact, any new work environment carries with it a set of adjustments you will have to make. Still, in my experience, many employees new to the working world, especially those who are younger, have unreasonable expectations about their jobs.
Here are a few:
1. You will get raise or a promotion automatically, without working hard.
There is nothing automatic about raises and promotions in most companies. While seniority does count for something, simply keeping your head down and making it through the day is no way to advance within your company. Even if you weren’t one of those grade-grubber types in high school and you don’t care about pay raises and promotions, you’d be surprised by how rewarding it can be to be rewarded for your good work.
2. You will always enjoy your job if you are “following your passion.”
While following your passion is a good mantra to sustain throughout your career, most people will kill themselves to get their dream job, only to find that they don’t enjoy it that much. Always remember that a job, no matter how awesome it is, will have its moments of boredom and
frustration. As such, you should always be patient during these times when your job isn’t as great as it used to be or as great as you thought it’d be.
3. You don’t have to be a people person. Your skills will shine through.
Are you the shy type? Unfortunately for us shy people, if we want to get anywhere in this world, we’ll have to overcome some fears, which is something I did. Even if you are the best worker in the entire company, if no one likes you, you won’t go very far. If you are timid, try doing something to come out of your shell. Join toastmasters or go out with some friends to a karaoke bar.
4. Your responsibilities will never change.
While you come into a job with a set of responsibilities, if you want to be a good employee who takes pride in what you do, then you’ll have to grow beyond your initial job description. Many will complain that within a few months they are doing things they weren’t hired to do. While bosses can sometimes be unreasonable, take on as much extra stuff as you can reasonably do. Believe me, it’s worth it.
The most important thing to remember is that your job will be filled with surprises. Expect the unexpected and you won’t be caught off guard.
This is a guest post. About the author:
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com.
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