Once an employer has taken you on as an apprentice or a trainee, you’ll be keen to start off on the right foot in your new position. Initial impressions are crucial, which makes your first day the ideal time to establish a good reputation.
Before you even show up, it’s recommended that you do as much research as possible into the apprenticeship or traineeship you’re beginning. You should also spend some time reviewing the company’s history and any information your employer has given you in advance.
If you’re looking for more info on your chosen profession, Apprenticeship Central has numerous Industry Resource Packages. These provide advice and useful links to support services, government agencies and other organisations.
Even when you’re confident you’ve learned all you can about the role, there are still plenty of other ways to show your new boss that you’re the right person for the job.
1. Show up on time
While it seems an obvious point, you’d be surprised how easy it is to be late on your first day. Whether it’s the unfamiliar route, unexpected traffic problems or infrequent public transport, there are various problems that can occur.
Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes early and, if you’re especially dedicated, consider doing a few practice runs before your start date to gauge how long the journey takes.
2. Listen and ask questions
Your employer won’t expect you to know everything on your first day, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Listen carefully to any instructions and absorb any information you’re told.
Use the opportunity to show off a bit of the knowledge you’ve learned during your research by framing your questions so they include information about the company or its processes.
3. Take notes
The first few days on the job can be hectic, so taking notes is a great way to ensure you remember key pieces of information, names and contact numbers.
Not only will your boss think you are keen, you can also review your notes at the end of each day to keep on top of things.
4. Connect with colleagues
Don’t just look to get on your manager’s good side; be friendly with all your new colleagues. Offer to assist with tasks they have and show an eagerness to learn anything they’re willing to teach.
Your colleagues are valuable sources of information and will be more inclined to give you a helping hand if you establish a good working relationship early.