Tips for First Full-Time Position Success

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The start of my journey working full-time as account coordinator

The end of my internship, and the start of my journey working full-time as account coordinator

It has been one year since I started working full-time at HMA, and I could not be more thankful for a more positive experience. I look back and feel very fortunate for all of the cool things I have been able to do and learn. Since many graduates are now starting their first full-time jobs, I thought what better time to help them learn the ropes as I look back on my one year of working full-time.

Here are five tips for success for those starting their first full-time positions:
  • It is time to bring back curfews and bedtimes to your life. Trust me, sleep is a very good friend. And, as shocking as this may be to some, I think sleep is a better friend than coffee! Working eight hours is a lot different compared to going to class all day. You will quickly understand that it is not fun to work on little sleep.
  • Keep your future in the front of your mind. It is great that you have found a full-time job, but it is not time to relax just yet. Look at the upcoming months, and set goals for what you want to have learned and accomplished. The year will go by very fast, so it is important to not let time slip away from you. Keep moving forward with your learning.
  • Ask questions, ask for critiques and ask for help. Some people might feel uncomfortable asking how to do something, but there is nothing wrong with getting on the same page as your coworker. While it is easy for your colleagues to give you praise, it is not always easy to give critiques. Be sure to welcome feedback as it will only help you develop into the best professional that you can be.
  • Create a system to help you stay organized. It took me a while to find my preferred method of organization, but now that I have it adapted it has made prioritizing much easier. I use an ongoing agenda as my running to-do list. It works great to keep track of every item I need to accomplish.
  • Get social! It is important to develop your professional skills, but you will come to understand that professionals are still people too. Let your personality shine.

Though there are many things I learned in my first year working full-time, these are the things that I think many across the field can benefit from if they are just starting out. For the more seasoned professionals out there, what advice do you have for those just starting out?

Shelby Ray
Shelby Ray
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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