Important Tips for New Graduates

If you have recently graduated from university, then you must be thinking about starting your working life. Entering the workplace is a totally different experience from being in a university.

Here are some important tips for you to remember:

Remember what you have learnt

Your university studies give you a foundation for success. So do not treat your degree as the end result of your education, use it as important tool to help you move on to the next stage of your future and career.

Bo someone that your colleagues will love to help

Be optimistic and have a positive attitude. Love yourself and try to help people around you. Helping each other is the best way that people can survive in difficult situations in life. If you help others, they will help you to succeed.

Don’t assume you’re the smartest person in town

Being down to earth is a great way to make strong relationships in the workplace. Arrogance is definitely not the way to go. Even if you are (always) right, you should remember that you need to keep people on your side. Never forget that teamwork is admired and followed in every organisation.

Make a good first impression

Work on the impression you want to create when you start out in the workplace. It’s difficult to change people opinions once they are formed.

Give your best when you are given a menial task

Do your best when you are given a menial task and keep a smile on your face. This will earn you the respect of your managers and colleagues. So initially, pay your dues; use your energy and dedication to gain greater achievements later on.

Work hard to enjoy success

Stay focussed and productive. Develop a habit of working regularly, efficiently and in a good humour. Good work habits like these are more admirable than simply having a talent in a certain area. So develop yourself along these lines.

Learn to listen, listen to learn.

It’s extremely important to listen to people and concentrate on what they are saying. This is the best way to learn. So use this powerful technique to become a great learner.

Work on your weaknesses and accept them

We all have weaknesses, so learn to compensate for them. There will be moments in your working life when you will be asked to do things which do not play to your strengths, so the best way to handle such a situation is to evaluate yourself and learn as much as you can from other people along the way.

 

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What to pack for short Business Conferences, Networking and Business Trips?

If you are a working woman whose job involves building networks, then you will doubtless find yourself attending plenty of weekend conferences, meetings, business parties etc. It’s very important to dress correctly for these occasions – business trip attire can be very different from normal routine dressing in your office.

So what you should have in your luggage to look good in front of colleagues and new contacts? Here are some tips for your business travel wardrobe:

Location

Bear the geographical location in mind and dress accordingly. For example a beachside conference venue deserve a slightly more relaxed vibe, whereas if a venue is a posh city hotel, then your dress must be more professional.

Weather

It’s really obvious to factor in the weather when deciding on your outfit, but check the weather forecast for your destination before packing your bag. The weather can vary from the norm at times and you should go prepared for both indoor and outdoor meetings.

Number of outfits

Plan different outfits for day and night time get together, as per your meeting/conference programme and appointment diary. Try packing three pair of trousers for different occasions, plus three tops, jackets and pairs of shoes plus plenty of decent accessories to help you match or customise the outfits.

Comfort level

Are you comfortable wearing a certain type of dress among the people you are going to have meeting with? Never choose a dress that is stunning but inappropriate for the occasion. Secondly, if you are going to walk around a lot, or have to move between different rooms and stand with different people, then you should not feel like your outfit is constricting or annoying in any way. So pack the clothes which you know fit well, are easy to wear and in which you look absolutely awesome.

Personality

Make sure the dresses you wear define your intellect and sincerity. It’s all about making strong networks and friendships, so use your outfits to display your personality and optimistic outlook. The dresses you wear define much of your personality so use colour and patterns as much as you can in the business environment. If you prefer minimalist designs, use this to show off your cool simplicity. Dress to boost your self-confidence and trust in yourself.

How to dress for success

These days, there are no hard and fast rules for choosing office wear. There was a time when women had to wear stockings, even in the height of summer, with no bare legs. It used to be mandatory for men to wear a jacket whenever they left the office building for lunch.

However, what you wear still holds a lot of importance, despite the fact that business attire has become much more relaxed over time. Whether you are going for an interview or are already an employee somewhere, you have to pay attention to what you are wearing.  Observing the correct professional dress code during an interview is the first step but after then, adhering to the organizational dress culture afterwards will help you be successful in your career in the longer term.

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So what should you choose?

For an interview

First, find out what the dress code is. Now make an effort to look even better. But make sure you don’t over-dress so that you feel uncomfortable or awkward. If you arrive over-dressed in a casual environment then could jeopardise you chances of selection. In this case, wear something smart; e.g. men should go for a decent pair of trousers and open neck shirt. Ladies should choosefor a nice skirt and top. It’s always better to avoid denim and t-shirts.

For the office

A wardrobe full of expensive clothes is not always possible to begin with. If you have just entered the corporate world, start from scratch and build up your wardrobe gradually , choosing good quality basics and classic attire.  If you have limited funds or time, start with a small, capsule wardrobe instead.

  • Do not pick clothes solely on the basis of fashion – select classic that will last.
  • Look out for bargains. There are many shops which offer great clothes at lower prices. Do your research before shopping and always check the good brands, since they often hold sales. Also, read instructions for washing before buying to make sure they are not too costly to maintain.
  • Girls may smarten up with scarves, a little bit of jewellery and an embellished top. Men can achieve a professional look for less by wearing good quailty ties with less expensive shirts.
  • If your clothes do not fit properly, they can look cheap. So always invest in alterations.
  • Go for natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, linen and silk and not man-made fabrics. Avoid polyester.
  • Choose dresses which can be worn in different seasons.

You need to put effort in other things as well as good clothing. Women should choose  ‘moderate’ shoes without overly-long, spiky heels. Jewellery should not be over the top. Hair should be neat and tidy and you should never look as if you are on your way to a party. Wear make-up and perfume but keep it restrained and always have manicured nails.

Men should go for dark socks, decent, polished shoes, a well-groomed hairstyle, mild aftershave and clean, trimmed nails.

Achieving a Work/Life Balance

work life balanceIf you are not committed and determined in life, you won’t be able to compete and survive in the long run. Therefore, its important to meet challenges and energise oneself.

If you have your own business, you can enjoy the flexibility of having time to spend with family, as well as the space to develop your business. However, it is not always easy to stop the work, and business owners can end up working harder and longer than average employees. It’s a challenge to balance your work and life. But it is a very important thing to achieve, and with just little effort, one can easily distribute one’s time and enjoy both working life and leisure time effectively.

Here are some tips to ensure a healthy work/life balance and to be an achiever and not a go-getter.

Decide your priorities:

Decide what is most important to you. If you work less, it will affect productivity. However, if you neglect your leisure time, your family and health can suffer. So you must allocate your time wisely. Make a list of tasks and see what you should be doing first and what can wait. Then, delete the stuff which is unnecessary and just a pointless distraction.

Set boundaries

Decide and structure your working hours. Make a schedule, which includes regular exercise, such as a brisk walk  at a set time every day. Unplanned events will, of course crop up, but by planning for known workm commitments and including time for walking, you will be able to work out a rough timetable and still have space to relax. Also make sure, your friends and family do not disturb you during your working hours – let them know when you are free to spend time with them instead, and make sure you stick to it so they don’t feel second best to your work..

Reduce usage of gadgets

Reduce your usage of your mobile phone, laptop and tablet. Focus time on your personal relationships when you are at home, rather than constantly going online. Try to practice this every day and switch off all gadgets while you are taking your family meals. This will make other people feel good around you and relish your undivided attention.

Track your time

Review how much time you spend doing each task on your list. This will help you to save time on a daily basis. Eliminate things which are not productive, or work out how you can achieve them in a more time-efficient way. We often fall into a routine and never alter it or realising that some things are no longer all that important.

Set free time

Take ‘’time off’’ for yourself. If you give your all to your work during the week, reward yourself at the weekends. This ndoesn’t necessarily mean booking expensive holidays; you can go for staycations, visiting places in your local area. The change of routine will help you stay productive, healthy and motivated.

Consider Change

If you believe it’s totally impossible to balance your work and leisure time, perhaps it’s time to consider a change in career. LIfe is too short for regrets!