Firstly, congratulations on landing your graduate job! It’s a tough world out there at the moment so make sure you take the time to enjoy and appreciate the effort you’ve put in so far. Here at Dotgap we know how nerve-wracking that first day can be, whether you are a graduate entering the workforce for the first time, or someone who has had their fair share of first days over the years. 

In light of this, we’ve put together some advice for your first day to help calm your nerves. 

Plan your commute 

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The last thing you need is to be running late on your first day. Not only do you want to make a good first impression, but feeling anxious, stressed and arriving flustered is not the best for your enjoyment of your first day. Plan ahead, leave in plenty of time to allow room for delays and maybe have a back up route!

Also, make sure you have the company contact information in case something unavoidable happens to you en route so you can let your new employers know what is going on.

Professional behaviour

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There are a lot of ways you can be unprofessional, it really depends on your role, the company,  and what you have been told, so just do your best! Here’s a few key things to remember:

  • Make sure you are dressed appropriately, wear light layers to make sure you aren’t too hot or cold in the office, you never know what it’s going to be like and there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable all day.
  • In the excitement of getting your new desk and office supplies, you might be tempted to take a picture of your desk- try and keep your phone away, even if your new colleagues are on theirs. Wait until lunchtime, or the end of the day. 
  • Be helpful and try to be as approachable and friendly as you can. This can be challenging, especially if you are more of an introvert. Financial Magazine offers these tips for getting used to making small talk in the office after working from home for two years. We think they are great tips for starting a new job too. 

Ask for Help

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you aren’t expected to know everything. It is your first day, and if this is a graduate role it is likely to be your first time in this kind of environment too. Save big questions about career progression for your boss, but asking your colleagues for help is a good way to get to know them. Do be mindful of their workload though, don’t interrupt them mid-phone call!

Social Media Warning


If you are lucky enough feel at ease, and make friends quickly, you may find yourself adding your new colleagues to social media on your first day! Now, we are not here to tell you not to do that. In fact, what a great first day that would be! This point is to remind you to be careful – although if you’ve done a social media audit you should be ok!

Just don’t post yourself at the pub celebrating your first day before calling in sick! 

Be yourself 

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Yes, this is much easier said than done. The reason this is so hard, especially on your first day is that it is hard to relax, naturally we are nervous, and we want to make friends and fit in. If you try too hard to be someone else this will only add up to stress later on! Try some mindfulness exercises in the mornings or on your break and remember that everyone has had to go through this experience too.

Show Support to Your Co Workers

Another great way to make connections, forge friendships, and show enthusiasm for your company is to pay attention to your colleagues’ successes and challenges and offer congratulations and encouragement when appropriate. This even goes for your manager. Everyone appreciates when others notice their hard work and efforts.

So, What Should I Expect From My Graduate Job?

You may find your role changes and you are asked to take on lots of different tasks in your first few weeks.  For example, in a digital marketing agency you may get the chance to work with a few different teams in the beginning – getting to flex your talents in both creativity and analysis. Show willing to learn, the more you can experience the better and you might discover a dream role you didn’t know about before. 

Good luck, and enjoy your new job!

Are you looking for a graduate role? We can help! Contact Dotgap for current vacancies today.


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