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Your first day at work can seem daunting and can feel a little bit overwhelming but it should fill you with confidence when you remember that:

•You got the job because the employer liked you the best.

•You got the job because you showed them that you had the skills to do the job.

•This is the start of an exciting new chapter in your life.

In order to make your first day at work as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, you should think about doing a little bit of preparation the night before.

Time and travel

What time do you need to arrive?

Make a good first impression and get there 15 minutes early – this will show you mean business and it will show you are keen!

How long will it take to get there?

Most first days will start in the morning – Google maps is a good app to look at to get an idea of travel time. Remember 7am-10am is the busiest time of the morning for traffic, so however you are travelling give yourself extra time if you are not 100% sure of the time it will take. This will help to make sure you are on time for your first day.

How are you getting there?

It is always good to have ‘a back-up plan’ should something go wrong. Consider the best option for you to get there on time, is it the bus, walking, driving or maybe even a taxi? (if you can afford it)


Give yourself enough time to get ready and have breakfast!

It’s hard to function on an empty stomach. Set your alarm nice and early, get ready, take your time and enjoy some breakfast – this will put you in the right frame of mind when you get to work.


What to wear?

Can you remember the resource on what to wear at interview?

What you wore at interview helped to get you the job so this is a safe option for your first day at work too unless there is a clear dress code/uniform/safety wear which you have been told about.

Packed Lunch

Sometimes your first day at work will feel longer than it actually is, there will be a lot to take in and a lot to learn and remember.

Preparing a packed lunch the night before makes sure you don’t spend the day hungry or thirsty.


EVERYONE FEELS NERVOUS ON THEIR FIRST DAY AT A NEW JOB  Starting a new job is scary for everyone, you don’t know what to expect and there are lots of new people to meet. Everyone feels like this and you won't be expected to know everything straight away.

REMEMBER THEY EMPLOYED YOU – Which means they like you and think you can do the job, now it's your chance to show them you can

TRY AND ENJOY IT – You may well look back on your first day later and wonder why you were so nervous, starting a new job is a big deal, try and enjoy it and take everything in