Starting a new job is an exciting time in anyone’s life. It’s like your first day at school – full of excitement about who you will meet, what you will do, how you’ll be challenged and what you will accomplish. However that excitement can come with a little trepidation – am I saying the right things? Am I wearing the right clothes? Will people like me? Find me smart, friendly, enthusiastic? As an intern, you might be asking yourself these questions, especially if this internship is your very first job; however the same questions arise even when you have many years of work experience.
I started at Protiviti just one month ago so I understand exactly how you feel. As a new hire, I’ve experienced the same excitement but also nervousness around what to do and say as I acclimate to a new workplace. Below are a few tips that I follow to help me ease into a new work environment, build new relationships and contribute to the team.
Be friendly – It sounds simple and it is! Be open to meeting new people, sharing information about yourself, getting to know your new coworkers and opening up to share your knowledge. A smile and earnest interest in others goes a long way in making a great first impression.
Be open to learning new things – This one is a particular favorite of mine. I am super curious and I love to learn. Your new work environment is full of new information and friendly people willing to teach, mentor and coach you. So enjoy, that’s what an internship is all about, exploring, learning and having new experiences.
Be yourself – Your experiences, knowledge and personality are unique and contribute to the diversity of your new workplace. Be confident in who you are and what you bring to the table. Everyone is excited that you’re on the team.
Enjoy your internship!
Kiristen Roland – Human Resources, Bay Area