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What are some suggestions for being the best employee I can be?

I personally am going to be in an engineering/mathematics position, and I want to make sure I am doing the right thing. I am seeking tips on how to act in my first professional employment and what I should be doing that isn't explicitly stated. #engineering #math #first-job

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Laura’s Answer

Hello Veronica, firstly you need to gather as much information as possible about the position. For sure you can find information about it by asking your HR person or your direct boss. You need to know which are your responsabilities, what you need to to, whom to contact when you need help and advice.
From my experience I can say that in order to gain experience you need to be curious and brave. Don't be afraid to ask as much questions as you can and if you dont understand something from the beginning, ask over and over again. Everybody had a first job and started from scratch. If you dont get an asnwer, dont feel dissapointed. Kepp it in mind and keep asking it until you get the answer you want or you understand the situation. For sure, everybody will explain you stuff on "their language", with terms that you dont understand or never heard about. But again, don't feel discouraged. Ask your colleagues that have more experience and try to explain them that you dont feel very confortable with their language.

Another important thing is that you can and may watch your colleagues on how they act, how they dress and how they speak. If you ever feel that something is wrong, try to follow your instinct. If you dont like it, dont do it. It is very important to follow your values and respect them.

Being a freshman in the company, try not to be late in the office, get in time and respect the schedule. Eventough you see that all your colleagues get late in the work, try to do your best.

And the last but not the least, be curious, curious and curious!!!
Good luck.

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Terry’s Answer

Agree with the earlier posters -- all excellent suggestions. I especially recommend seeking out one or more mentors (depending on the size of the company and the complexity of your assignments) and specifically ask your supervisor(s) for one if you aren't assigned a mentor early on. Also, be a team player and realize that those more experienced than you have gone through what you are experiencing. Most of them, but not all, are likely to be willing to offer constructive guidance and criticism as you climb the learning curve, and you would be wise to take much of it to heart. And, as others have said:

  1. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand what is expected of you or if you think you need help on a particular task.

  2. Seek out assignments and projects, especially those that match your strengths and interests and that you are reasonably confident of being able to complete

  3. Put in the time, even if some colleagues don't, and continue to learn new skills that could help advance your career.

Best of luck in your new career.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Veronica:

I appreciate your question and you've received many good answers from the posters. I'd like to provide a few more tips of my own for you to consider.

  1. Volunteer. Volunteer for work assignments that aren't always considered as high visibility. By doing this, it sets you apart from your peers when it comes time for performance review ratings; and you would have added extra value to the team.
  2. Get involved - Opt In. On my team we came up with "Team in Motion", where we promote healthy living and thinking to develop a more productive and positive team. On a weekly basis we record our activity such as walking, bicycling, etc. So our team is walking across the US by recording our steps. It's a fun way to get involved without a lot of effort because you are already doing this anyway. We also share recipes, nutrition tips, etc.
  3. Find a Mentor. In my group we have Peer-to-Peer Mentors. This is another way to get ideas and understanding of your work or whatever it is if you need it. There are some team members that are mentored outside of our organization; we do both.
  4. Additional Tips. Go the extra mile; be ethical, honest, and trust worthy; be a good problem solver; share your ideas and be willing to listen to others' ideas as well; be willing to ask for help or seek out a knowledgeable subject matter expert (SME) that could provide you with insights on what you need to learn; and take good advice when offered. These are just a few tips for you to consider and I hope you find this helpful.

I wish you much success in your career. Good luck to you.

~ Sheila

This is such a great answer, Sheila. And the best part is that you are a living example of volunteering, opting-in, & mentoring! yoonji KIM

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Sally’s Answer

Exactly what Laura said.
Veronica - Ask questions, dont try to 'wing it' to try to impress the boss. He/She would rather you asked, than got something wrong. Asking will give your boss assurance, give you confidence and will help to build on your working relationship. You will have plenty of people to inspire you, so learn and enjoy.

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Vennie’s Answer

I agree completely with above answers from Laura, and Sally. They are good.

I would add few more qualities. 1. You manage your boss/supervisor rather than they come to you with assignments every time. That means, seek to get assignments/projects/work from your supervisor by being proactive and give them the results/feedback. Ask for help/ideas to solve the problems. Most supervisors like self driven, highly achievable, and proactive employees who can solve problems. Think through and provide your ideas to problems at work place. Everybody like problem solvers 2. Be genuine and trustable 3. Be friendly and funny. 4. Love what you do, and don't count hours. 5. Find a mentor who can give you honest feedback regularly to build upon .

There are so many advices in the internet now-a-days that you can browse/use. But each person is different and you need to hone your skills to fit the workplace you are in. Good Luck

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Sumit’s Answer

Discipline is the most important feature that will help you in any job , hard work and dedication will always help you and if you would love your job you are done. also Behave professionally , Learn to take criticism gracefully. Cultivate good relationships with the people in your organization

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Pradeep’s Answer

Simple answer ? - Be honest to yourself and work, Be Ethical, and work + more for the Salary being given to you.. if your manager says you run 5 miles, you run that extra Mile to help your customers always..

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Naveen’s Answer

Work religiously and efficiently. Be proactive in your work while balancing day in and day out activities. Learn new things that helps your personal growth as well as the team / company. Always be a step ahead of what you actually are. This helps you to be the best out of the rest.

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Priya’s Answer

Do a great research on the job profile.
See you skills to improve and drawbacks to work on.
You should be eager to learn new things everyday as there is room for improvement always.
Have patience, it needs time to excel but hard-work and great passion for your work can really help you.

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divya jyoti’s Answer


the key to success is perseverance. In any point of your life you should never lose faith from yourself, have belief in yourself that is what is important and lead you to the path of success. In your professional life you will face many odds, but conquering all the odds is symbolic to a successful person. Have patience and work hard- success is definitely yours. Best of luck !!

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Ayan’s Answer

They Are Introspective
Successful employees know how to be introspective. It can be easy to see the strengths and weaknesses of other people you work with, but it's always harder to critique ourselves. If you're having trouble figuring out how you can improve at your workplace, ask a close co-worker or your manager for an honest review.

They Are Open-Minded
You may sit in a closed-off cubicle all day, but don't let this stop you from meeting and mingling with people in your office. Employees who are successful at what they do are more likely to have work-related and non-work related conversations with people around them.

They Are Proactive
This may be a given, but people who excel in their workplace know how to get things done. Instead of just doing the day-to-day tasks, they often go above and beyond of what they're asked to do.

The Are Aware Of The Outside World
Not only do they keep up with local and national trends related to their careers, they're also tapped into global trends. Grab a global trend magazine and do a little bit of reading or research over the weekend.

They're Always On
Ask them a question or their thoughts on an issue at the office and they'll give you an answer right on the spot. Because they're fully invested in their jobs, they know both the pros and cons.

They're Advocates
Often, people who are successful at the office don't just speak up for themselves, but act as advocates for others as well. Raises, benefits or even parental leaves are all issues they can advise you on.

They Are Genuine
They understand the importance of keeping their managers and customers happy. When it comes to getting work done, successful people are always honest.

They Are Passionate
They love what they do. Period. Successful employees wake up every morning loving what they do more and more. These people not only value their jobs, but realize how much they love doing them.

They Are Bold
Successful employees understand the meaning of being bold at the office. To be bold at your office, try writing down a list of things you could accomplish if failing didn't exist and take a jab at them.

They Know How To Motivate Others
They may seem like they have everything together and for the most part, they do. Not only at they great at their own jobs but they use their skills to help motivate their fellow colleagues.