CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 10, 2013
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How to Deal with being the Baby of the Office

Many graduates face being the youngest and least experienced individuals in the office. They go from being the seniors in university to being the freshers in the office. This can be either a challenging or smooth transition, largely depending on how the graduate looks at it. It is advised to approach being the baby of the office as a learning period in which you are allowed room for mistakes, while at the same time you must prove yourself to be a professional.

Here are some ways to deal with being the baby of the office:

Think before you Speak

As a newcomer in the office, it is always better to listen carefully before you express your opinion. While it is tempting to speak your mind at every given opportunity, it is important to carefully contemplate the consequences. Having a huge disagreement with your colleagues within your first week is hardly going to help with future team work.

Younger people are generally inclined to being outspoken and a bit tactless, which can often be a disadvantage in the workplace. Communicate diplomatically and refrain from being condensing or patronizing towards your new coworkers.

Always Look the Part

While hoodies, converse and jeans are part of the staple uniform of a university student, they are the “no-go” outfit for the office. Graduates are advised to stay away from casual clothing, especially those working in sales, marketing, PR or corporate. As a professional working in an office environment, you will be expected to comply with the outlined dress code.

Girls can opt for a smart look with shirts, blouses and smart trousers, adding blazers and cardigans for the winter. Boys have a narrow choice – with ties, shirts and suits being the common dress code in most workplaces.

Take it Easy

A number of fresh graduates find that they are not taken as seriously as they wish. The fact is that you are the youngest, and probably the most inexperienced, individual in the office therefore your opinion is likely to have less weight. This may be the case when you are new in the office; however as time passes by you should make an effort to progress within your role.

While is it imperative that you succeed and experience career development, you should remember to take it easy in the office. As a graduate you are expected to make mistakes and learn along the way, so try not to stress and enjoy your first job to the maximum!

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