It’s always important to prepare for a special day, even if it’s your first day in your engineering job. The morning of your first day could be overwhelming as you try to become a sponge and soak everything you learn throughout the whole day. So help yourself by preparing what you can ahead of time.
Here are some tips you should do the night before starting your new engineering job.
Pick out your favorite outfit.
While others may prefer to buy a new outfit, I think it’s better to go in with your favorite appropriate outfit instead. Why? Imagine this. You’ll be dealing with a lot of new things for that day–which could be stressful and overwhelming. So, while you want to look sharp in your new shoes and clothes, it’s better to wear something your body is comfortably familiar with. The last thing you want is to be limping because of blisters from your new shoes as you walk behind your supervisor when he/she tours you around the company grounds.
Don’t pack a lunch
The first day is all about getting to know your officemates. Go grab a bite outside with your new officemates so you could get to know them. Chances are, your boss could also treat you out for your first day. You could pack some small snacks though, like an apple, a sandwich, or a granola bar and a few candies to keep you alert throughout the day.
Be prepared for your office pitch
You’ll be meeting with a lot of people for the first day, so be prepared with more than just “it’s so nice to meet you.” Think of a couple of conversations starters to avoid awkward first meetings.
Plan to get to work EARLY
You read that right. Don’t get to your office on time, get there extra early! Half an hour early will be best. This is a smart move for a few reasons. First, this could give you a buffer if the train could be running in late. Second, this will give you the chance to collect yourself and be totally calm and cool on your first day.
Remember why you took the job
Before going to bed the night before your first day, take a few minutes to remember why you accepted this job. Whatever your motivation it may be, take note why you took this job in the first place. So when things get too stressful and overwhelming, you can return to this reason and remind yourself why you’re doing this.
Good luck on your first day!