Things To Know About Your First Real Job

So I have been working with this advertising company for exactly 10 days now and the information I have come to know, realize, read about is immeasurable. Its just a new world altogether so everything you do is on another take on things, So take it from someone who is experiencing it first hand, whatever they tell you about the work life is a Lie till you have experienced it yourself first hand. SO many people, so many thoughts, realizations, everything. So what are the list on things to know about your first real job?

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Here we go:

  • You are going to get fat if you dont get in some routine exercise daily.

Though I dont think much of this applies if your job entitles you to walk around a lot, or go to places and get your butt off a chair. But in my job? Yeah. I sit at a desk from 10 to 6. With the occasional trip to the lunch area or the bathroom or my boss’s desk. This bothers me because I have been a victim of chubbiness when I was younger, but… Due to an (unfortunate) obsession with my weight back in the 9th grade, I lost most of my unwanted fat, lost a good amount of weight, and slowly… My love for food overcame my weight obsession and my days of calorie counting were over! And since then I maintained a fluctuating healthy weight with no compromise on food whatsoever. And being (nearly) 6 foot tall helps the metabolism bit too. Heh.

But thats not the point. The point is… I need some exercise soon.

  • You NEED to have other plans/events/activities to do.

Sitting in a 4 x 4 cubicle, literally spells monotony. If you aren’t careful, you will slowly slip into the shades of grey, fifty or how many ever in number (book is awful) yourself. Which you NEED to avoid at all cost. Notice me Capitalizing the ‘NEED’. Because you have to, have to, have to, have something to look forward to, or to do or experience. It is vital you do your job alongside the a side project to keep your inner vitality and creativity safe from the monotony monsters.

Me? Here is a glorious mini list I made in my head to keep me occupied:

  1. Finish all the damn video games I wanted to play. Currently playing Kingdoms of Amalur, then Portal, Skyrim, AC, and so on. I get an hour or two of gameplay every day if I can.
  2. I’m planning to read a lot. Especially my commute time to work. I load my dear dear 10 year old PPC with ebooks and read away! Currently I’m reading Silver linings playbook by Mathew Quick.
  3. Start up this blog!
  4. Surf Stumbleupon.com like never before! That is another way to keep me occupied for Hours and Hours.
  5. Plan things out. Like a weekend schedule or a Late Night Movie with my younger kid brother.
  6. Research. Ever wondered why the hair around your crown is so fragile? What your body shape is and what suites you? I always wanted to know, but never had the time to google it. So now I am. Alongside working of course!

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  • Talk to more people at work. It helps in many ways.

Networking  is not always using people to make contacts and get ahead of them. I like to think of networking at work as actually talking to people and getting to know them better. You will be working with them after all, so why not acquaint yourself more? It took me 2 days to talk to the girl who sits in the next cubicle as me. I really dont know why. For a week I used to eat lunch alone, thinking the people here have already formulated groups and I’d be just getting in the way, but as a matter of fact I didnt make enough effort. And they welcomed me with hardly any effort on my end. Now (well, for the past 2 days anyway) I sit with them during lunch. They may be a few years older but they are really friendly. Look what I was missing out on, so… you really need to put yourself out there.

  •  Be so SO humbled.

Soo…. I really hope I didnt give out the ‘Spoiled NRI’ vibe. These people are so nice, from humble beginnings and here I go flashing my Micheal Kors bag around for a week. Oh god. I am very humbled from what I have seen and the entire snob facade I had to deal with a majority of my life does apply here! Well… this one is a subjective truth because I know in most work places you dress to impress and get that promotion or whatever. So… I’m lucky that way. Its pretty chilled out here. And I So like it that way.

  •  Its a loooong way to go.

You just started your career! Depending on your priority in life you would considering facing the fact that you have just started and you have a looong way to go. Take my career profile for example. I want to be a creative directory in advertising. And for that I need to go through the levels of: Trainee, Junior copy writer, copy writer, senior copy writer and copy supervisor and then…. CD! Taking 6 months for each, or a year for that matter, it would take me anywhere from 3-6 years. 3 on the really optimistic end. And six on the practical end.

SO dont be disheartened.

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  •  Dont count how many restaurants you are going to visit before your first paycheck.

Save. Save like the world is running out of money and your meager salary will be worth millions soon.

That being said, be practical about you money. Initially we idealize what we are going to buy before we even get our salary. The feeling of financial (part) independence is very overwhelming. Dont let it get to you. Try to save at least 50-60% of your pay, it going to come in hand sooner or later. As for me? That reference was made because i do this thing with a friend where I go to new places and try out new cuisines, but back then, I was happily funded but my dear parents. Now…. its a new whole ball game.

  • Perk up your desk!

Trust me it helps you get through the day. I dont have much on my table right now except an evil eye charm a friend had given to me. But I already have major ideas the moment I get full time. Cant wait!

  • Breathe and STREEEEETCH

God, one week and my back is Killing me. And being tall really doesnt help. You sit at your desk, hunched over a computer screen and soon enough your back feels like crap. You have to take breaks and stretch. I know I need to, considering I get really weird looks from everyone while I do so, but I really dont care. I’m all neck stretch, arms stretch, back stretch, and aaaah. Temporarily. I started googling how to sit at work =| which level your computer screen needs to be and everything. I need a workout too.

  • Keep calm and well… keep calm.

Thats like a mantra in itself. I’m just sittting here, ready to finish week 2, looking forward to the weekend, reminding me I have a loving family and an eccentric set of friends to meet and make plans with and discuss everything there is to talk about work life and a new phase altogether doesnt really make much of a difference. But more of an adventure.

So here is to a new life, a start of one anyway, and I really hope my boss approves my concepts in the next ten minutes.

Back to work!

6 Things You Learn When You Get Your First “Real” Job

Oh my god, its the TRUTH,

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1. “Real people” are a myth

Congratulations: you got a job, and now you’re a “real person.” You and the guy at the desk next to you who spends the whole workday fleshing out his Twitter persona. Just like when you lost your virginity, you spent the first week with a smile on your face, right until you realized that everything’s the same as it was before. This secret society of “real people,” with their salaries and their employee benefits, are just scraping by, the way you and your friends did mere months ago in school.

2. Hating your job can be productive if you make it so

Simply hating your job is for underachievers, and if you were an underachiever then you wouldn’t be here in the first place (supposedly). Instead of loafing around and Facebook chatting with your friends (who are also bored at work, and who agree…

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27 Things That Will Make Your Life Easier, Period

I love this article. Give it a read!

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1. Just respond to the email already.

2. Call your mom. Chat for five minutes, pretend that public transportation is coming/you’re walking in to work/the battery is low, then get off the phone. All she wants is to know you’re not dead — and to know that your relationship, no matter how shaky it may be, is still intact.

3. Make your bed — it makes the entire room look cleaner.

4. Write out a list by hand. Google may have invented every list-making tool on the planet, but writing it down commits it to memory — and, contrary to popular belief, not every place has internet.

5. When you get a free minute, clean out the thing nearest you, whether it’s a drawer, your gym bag, or your fridge. Just open the door, look at what is moldy, and throw it out.

6. When you get a free moment…

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The Updated Update

So this is odd…

I’ll be honest, the idea of this blog was to capture my last few months of summer, the whole transition of the job hunting phase, how to apply for one, how to get one, and most importantly how the kick start of my career follows. And really… I havent done a thing. Why?

Because my summer was SO busy!

I kid you not, from my last exam, to my sister fashion show, to the relatives that came to stay, to my graduation, to comic con, to my birthday… till now. Which helped me realize something very important about myself. I like being busy. I like having something to do. I am not the girl to go around, lounging about doing absolutely nothing. Wow. I like being busy.

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Which is why when I was stuck at home, job hunting, and all my friends were either in a job of their own, or in college… I was slowly losing myself. I had no set objective, no goal, well.. Yeah my goal was to get a job but all I did was wait for things to happen… (which wasnt my fault! You give in resumes and wait, and I really dont like waiting =|) And… I really didnt like the way I felt.

I felt low, dark, unproductive, colorless if I may. And I’m a creative person! I thrive on ideas, dreams, wonder and magic. I wanted to get this waiting thing over and…. THANKFULLY, after a month of being covered with the weight of waiting (see what I did there :D) I. Got. A. Job.

This entry, I am writing at MY desk (because I finished my work for the day and its only lunch time!) and so far, work is good. I’m a copy writer on probation in an advertising company. Sighs.

I cannot WAIT to see what the future holds for me, considering (believe it or not) this is my FIRST job! Yes, I am a graduate fresh out of college, working, and getting accustomed to the work life, and culture and all that jazz…. so I thought,

Wait a minute.

Why now make my blog about my work like but still retain that part of college student-me that loved summer. I can be the fun working woman… and this blog will help me keep the thing I treasure the most.

My Creativity. 

Ohmygosh, my boss just popped in my cubicle and I was typing out “my creativity”, he gives me the heads up of my work, when the client reverts back. Anyway. =\

So here we go.

To the infinite warm feeling you get when you realize summer is about to come to an end and a new chapter in your life is about to begin,

To the uneasy,nervous,anxious yet excited, adventurous, optimistic you,

To the start of a new phase of my life, if you want to hope along for the ride,

The Last Days of Summer.