Things I learned From My 1st Job

Starting a new job can be just as exciting as it is daunting. But it’s important to know that everyone in the work force, whether it be a self-employed job or gig on the side, has had a 1st day – so you’re not alone! How relieving right? But even though your peers and even your boss has had their first day, it might not take the edge off for you. So here are some pointers and things to keep in mind when going into your new job. Congrats, they picked you!

While these tips can be applied to really any job at any age, I’m really focusing on the twenty-somethings that are trying to start a life or those that just graduated college and are extremely confused on what direction to go. My first real job where I had to show up on time otherwise I would be fired versus having to do the dishes when I got home was in property management. Call me your Leasing Director, please and thank you! How cool yet how demanding. I was in charge of not only touring properties but potentially determining the prices of what tenants would call home. This job was rewarding in the sense of self goals – how many leases can you get in a month? For someone that seeks routine and likes small talk, this job is a one stop shop.

Now I was all those things… Talkative, “people person”, understanding, professional, the whole nine! But what did I learn from this 9-6 job that I can apply to future jobs or life events? While I’m no longer a Leasing Director due to many factors (which I’ll get into in another post) there were a lot of valuable things I learned between bathroom breaks and the people I worked with.

Work Smart. Have you heard the phrase, “work smart not hard”? Well this is a very similar concept. The sooner you learn you job duties and expectations, the quicker you can get things done and get them done with little errors. Now don’t go and reinvent the wheel but customize it to your understanding. I get it, not everyone likes to do things the same way and that’s fine. Find a way to get to the end result that makes the most sense to you. Don’t waste time on pieces of the puzzle that give you no value. Time is not to be wasted here…

Communication With Others. This one applies to all aspects of life. Good communication is key in friendships, intimate relationships, and even your work place. Effective communication is very vital in a job whether you’ve been there for 30 minutes of orientation or been with the company for 15+ years. The more clear you are on your understanding, expectations, and limitations the easier things will be for you. Think of it like a relationship! You wouldn’t want someone to kind of tell you how they feel. No, you want them to be straightforward – no grey area. The same thing applies when having conversations at work (especially if they’re work related).

Burning Bridges. For those that are hard headed, this is the hardest one to master. The sooner you learn that people will more than likely come back into your life one way or another, the easier you can understand that burning bridges is the worst way to go about things. So you’ve been at your job for a while and you’re starting to realize it’s not really for you, no problem! But how do you go about it? You had confrontation so the idea of having a one-on-one with your boss gives you anxiety. So you decide to just ‘no show’… horrible idea! By all means try to end things on a positive note. Just as I mentioned before, think of your job like a relationship. What if your really good friend that you talk to every day decided to just not text back one day? No call, no emails… nothing. Chances are you’d be a bit confused since things were going so well and you’ve been such a good help to him or her – same thing! Your annoying co-worker or boss that chews with their mouth open during lunch could be the person you need to get to your next big break.

I get it, working can be annoying and if only you could wake up with all your debt paid off in a beautiful home over looking the beach. But unfortunately that life isn’t for everyone because not everyone has that goal or vision. Whether you plan on staying with your current company until you become VP or you’re just in transition until the next best opportunity falls in your lap, look at every job like your next opportunity. Until next time…

xoxo, B.


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