4 Tips To Help Young People Settle Into Their First Career Role Quickly


4 Tips To Help Young People Settle Into Their First Career Role Quickly

By Donovan Grant

Does your son or daughter have concerns about starting their first job after their graduate degree? While many young people are struggling to land their first job, many are also have problems settling in. It seems that it’s never easy growing up.

Before you jump him and tell them to just get on with it, check out the three following tips to make sure that they are using all the tools at their disposal.

The thing is this- when you start a new job there are so many things to get use to; the environment, the people and all the rules that go with it. So much change in a short space of time can make for a very challenging time.

Now if you’re a little older and not new to the world of work you will know what it’s like to be the newbie. It can be a very strange feeling for a few weeks. But let’s spare a thought for young adults who are starting their first ever job. This makes it a who different matter.

Just imagine a 21 year old young lady fresh out of college after graduating in Computer Science. After three tough years studying, being responsible for her and probably living away from home, she now has to go to work in a large IT firm in Central London. Unfortunately, she is finding it very hard to settle.

Now some people might say that this is just a continuation of her growth, but university life is a long way from being a member of the work force. This is a truth that a lot of young people are finding this transition harder than they thought it would be.

In parenting we don’t always realise the impact a new job can have on your daughter or son. Some may mention the problems they are having but most are likely to suffer in silence rather than raise alarm bells. They don’t want mum and dad to fuss over them.

It may surprise you to know that for many new starters, there days are split between excitement and dread. What seemed like a great job, salary and benefits can turn out to be quite hard to get used to. If it’s any comfort to your son or daughter it’s worth reminding them that “you are not alone! And it will get easier”

And in all honesty, by just being there for your child it is one of the best that a parent can do at this time. Giving your child the reminder that firm hired them because they were the best person for the job. They need you!

The situation will of course be different for each and every new starter. But whoever they are, my best heartfelt wishes are sent to them.

So what are some good ideas for helping your child to get through their first 100 days at work? Well here’s four simple yet effective tips that every mum and dad can share with their young adults.

#1 Be willing to ask for help

It’s easy to fall into the worry of how many questions is enough to ask. The thing is, while they are new and learning there is bound to be a lot that they don’t know. Depending on what the role is there are bound to be manuals hanging around, so they need to get used to knowing where these are and how to find what’s in them. But even if they are in a highest paying career, if all else fails ask someone who knows the answer. Then get them to explain how to go about finding the answer themself.

#2 Take opportunities to meet new people

Most firms have got networks and cliques of people who know each other well and meet up regularly. In amongst all the ‘secret groups’ there are many great people who enjoy meeting and sharing with others. They need to take every opportunity to introduce themselves at training sessions, meetings and when people show up on their turf.

#3 Smile at everyone you meet

This may seem a bit weird at first, but a smile may be the first thing that a new colleague may see. A smile is like laughter; it is contagious, so they will find that people like being around hem or are interested to meet the new person with the lovely smile.

#4 An affirmation to remember

Remind your young adult to repeat this often "they didn't hire you because you already knew the job completely…they hired you because you are the best person for the job." 

It probably takes most people at least a year to be comfortable in a new work or any environment. Remind your child to be patient, keep plugging and and know that this too will pass. And before they know it, they will wonder what all the stress and worry was all about!!

Let’s raise our young people for success!

Our best wishes go out to you and your family.


What do you think? What do you do to help prepare young adults to represent themselves fully in the work force? Leave your questions and comments in the box below.

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com 

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  • Great tips for young people starting out in a career and also for  a veteran who starts a new career as well. Your children are blessed to have a daddy like you. Young people who takes advantage of your coaching program will have more confidence as they face their first job.

  • Pat

    Great advice Donovan.  I can remember my very first job in the kitchens of the city’s largest hospital.  It ws a learning curve for sure as like you say, it was a totally different enviroment than being in high school. 

  • Great points Donovan. I like the affirmation… it is really helpful for those starting out. Thank you for sharing this useful information.  🙂

  • Great tips Donovan.  Easy to understand and that first job was very scarey too me when I took it on.

  • Donovan, this is a really useful guide, and I am so glad that you highlighted that last bit… they don’t hire you because you already know every aspect of the job, but because you are the best one for the job. Presumably, you will bring a unique set of skills and contribute as a team player. Thinking this way brings one’s energy up! Thanks for your inspiration.

  • Donovan, What a wonderful perspective you offer here. My oldest son is currently running his own business, but I have 2 more coming up! Thanks!

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