10 steps to help you handle your first experience as an apprentice!

3 February, 2017

Step 1 – Plan your journey

You don’t want to be late on your first day. So make sure you know your route to work. Its essential you know how long it’s going to take you and what time you need to set off. It’s always better to be early, you want to be aiming to walk through the door about 15 minutes before you’re due to start work. Also always allow extra time in case of traffic problems or public transport issues.

Step 2 – Read up on the company and job role

Its always a great idea to do your research so you know what the company does/sells; check out their social media pages, have a look on their website so that you have a good idea of their aims and values. Also make a note of what’s expected from you in your role in the company as an apprentice so you have an idea what you’ll be doing day in day out.

Step 3 – Dress the part

You should have already been told what dress code is acceptable at your new place of work. But if you’re not sure what to wear, give them a call to find out beforehand. You want to give yourself plenty of time to get new work clothes if required and plan what you’re going to wear. Saving you time on your first day getting ready too!

Step 4 – Relax and smile!

A genuine smile will go a long way in showing that you’re happy to be joining the company. Everyone you meet today will have been in a similar position at some point, they’ll understand you might be a little nervous but this is a great chance to make a great first impression to your new co-workers. You’re an apprentice now so it’s time to have fun, work hard and enjoy the beginning of your new career.

Step 5 –Be proactive

Show enthusiasm and initiative! If you have any ideas or if you want to learn different things in different areas within the business – don’t be afraid to ask your manager and voice your ideas.

Step 6 – Make a good first impression

Although you want to be yourself, make sure you’re respectful and polite to everyone you meet. Making eye contact and smiling lots this is the first impression people are going to get so make it a good one. Being perceived positively will benefit you.

Step 7 – Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Engaging with the role is what employers want to see, so if you have questions, ask them! They’ll be more than happy to answer and you might find that the answers will help you relax. You’re bound to have plenty of questions, and your manager is going to be happier knowing you’re clear on your tasks rather than struggle to understand and possibly do it wrong. You’re going to learn a lot and need to know lots of details and information such as log-ins, so head to a stationary shop and get yourself a notebook to take any notes you need.

Step 8 – Take notes

There’s going to be a lot to take in during your first few days so be sure to take notes. This will save anyone having to repeat the same things again and will make you look professional and organised.

Step 9 – Take lunch

There may not be anywhere local for you to go out to during your lunch break to grab something to eat and the last thing you want to do is go hungry. So be sure to take something to eat and then you can scope out what’s around when you get there so you know for the next day.

Step 10 – Get a good night’s sleep

You don’t want to be tired for your first day so make sure you have a good night sleep the night before. Sleep matters so being well rested for your first day, well really every day is essential! Hopefully then you’ll feel refreshed and motivated for your first day.

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