National Service (NS)
Asked 4w ago
Some of my friends and I seem to be facing some challenges in our first jobs and would like to hear your experiences in your first jobs, things that you would've done differently etc.
I offered to help with the mundane chores that no one wants to do. In return, I politely ask seniors to teach me what I need to know to complete the mundane chores. Then I ask the technical people to guide me how to automate these mundane chores.
Once I'm done with one, get another one. Stop at 2 or 3, continue to maintain what you have done, value-add even, then request to be involved in more complex projects. At this point, I will have shown that I can actually get shit done. At the same time, putting in some time to share knowledge with my peers so that they can also gain from my experience, and they might be able to improve their own workflows. Perhaps even provide them the tools I have built, and who knows they might come up with even more brilliant ideas.
Now I'm in the same projects as seniors and building domain knowledge, while at the same time furthering my own technical skills.
After 1 year, I guarantee you'll be able to lead small-medium projects by yourself. In essence, you get shit done ONCE, and find ways to make sure YOU and NO ONE ELSE have to do it again, and then you move up to bigger and more complex shit.
Your question reminds me of an article that Jeraldine wrote, which I resonate with and wish my younger self knew :) You can read about it here.
In a nutshell,
Be careful about giving feedback and suggestions
Don’t underestimate the importance of managing up
Value alignment with your superiors is super important
If you want to get a pay raise, don’t blindly do more work or make sacrifices
In Singapore, personal branding needs to be done differently
Your mindset is extremely important. You need to have a 'growth mindset'. Have a can-do attitude and always be proactive. Have a positive learning attitude and be curious. Learn and do and get better at what you're doing. But at the same time do more. This is how you grow and grow fast. Build your connections. Get to know more people within the organization. Find a mentor in the organization, someone that can help you grow, not just in your work but also personal growth. It can be your manager or someone else entirely, the most important thing is that this mentor must be a good mentor/coach to help you to grow.
Never argue with bosses if u want stay long
do your job, go home. Not all people in office is ur friend
never bring your emotional home
If u really think the co. have no career path. Run! 🏃♂️ The advantage of being young.
To avoid arguement, i have reach a state when u tell me 1+1=5. I'll tell you "You are absolutely correct!" 🧘♂️
Within the first 6 months, understand and know how to do your job competently.
Within the first year, find out what are the career opportunities available (is it impossible to obtain good appraisal, how to get nominated for high potential program, chances of getting seconded overseas, how many years to work before you can get promoted/internal transfer, what is the glass ceiling/limitations of the job).
Make a choice to find new jobs or stay after bonus is paid out.
Important tip: nobody is a real friend at work! Especially people your age are all fighting for a chance to stand out. Also, say no to saikang.
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I'm on my first job too. Just graduated last year.
What kind of challenges are you facing?
If it's about workplace relations... emotional resilience. It has been my lifesaver. There were moments when I may have accidentally revealed temporary displeasures but I always try to hold myself back.
I don't want to imagine how ugly things get when fingers start to point and when people say things in the heat of the moment. This will not only make a joke out of myself but also dampen my supposedly enjoyable work.