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Tips for starting work
Read some valuable advice about starting work from employers and graduates.
Making a good impression
- Come prepared - do some research.
- Dress smartly.
- Be early.
- Be enthusiastic, smile etc.
- Listen attentively.
- Use people's names when you’re talking to them in order to help you remember them.
- Ask questions but not too many!
- Be friendly to everyone.
- Tell others how to do their job.
- Get drawn into office politics.
- Join in if your colleagues criticise people or the company.
Tips from employers of graduates
- "Be on time!"
- "Confidence is important."
- "You need lots of common sense."
- "Dress to suit the environment you’re working in."
- "Be willing to learn and be taught — you don’t know everything."
- "Sometimes people are too quiet and afraid to speak their mind because they are scared they are wrong. Don’t worry — you probably are wrong! But you’ll need to get used to your peers reviewing your work, asking you questions, correcting your mistakes. Understand that this is how you learn."
Tips from graduates
- "An essential skill is to have an open mind, really listen to people and understand where they’re coming from."
Kim, BCom (Finance & Economics), GDCom (Accounting) — Auditor
- "Be friendly to everyone. No one likes an arrogant graduate. Try to find a mentor, not your direct boss — someone from outside your direct sphere of work."
Trevor Chua, BA Hons (French & Sociology) — Relationship Manager, National Bank of NZ
- "Even after completing your degree it’s important to continually learn and grow. This can be achieved by becoming a member of a professional organisation and/or attending seminars/lectures about industry related topics/issues."
Adam Morris, BE Hons (Chemical Engineering) — Project Engineer, Woodside Energy Ltd, Australia
- "Endeavour to keep abreast of developments in your field and what is happening in the industry."
Rajneal Hit, BCom Hons (Information Systems and Accounting) — Business Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
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