May 13, 2024

Feeling Lost in Your First Job? Here's How to Navigate the Unknown.

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Feeling Lost in Your First Job? Here's How to Navigate the Unknown.

First Job Jitters? You're Not Alone.

The first job is a rite of passage: a thrilling leap into the "real world" that often feels like a confusing mess of expectations, office dramas, and the constant worry you might be messing everything up (spoiler alert: you probably aren't messing everything up, but the feeling is real!).

So, congratulations to those who've landed their first job (and have survived the first phase of being the newbie) – big ups to that!  

But for those of you still prepping for your first job launch, here are some things you might not have been explicitly told (but we are here to state it out):

  1. The "Soft Skills" Are Superpowers

Let’s face it – it’s 2024 now, and everybody knows for a fact that technical skills alone won’t get you anywhere.

Soft skills like communication, teamwork, adaptability, and problem-solving are just as important (if not more!). These skills allow you to collaborate effectively, navigate challenges, and build strong relationships with colleagues.

That's why HEX's programs create a dynamic learning environment where you can develop both technical and soft skills outside the classroom, in a real-world setting.

  1. Seek Mentorship

Did you know there's a huge gap between the value people place on mentorship (76% believe it's important!) and the reality (only 37% actually have a mentor)?

Don't be afraid to ask for guidance! Find a mentor within your company or industry who can offer valuable advice, answer your questions, and help you navigate the professional landscape. A mentor can be an emotional support, a sounding board, and a source of inspiration.

Hear some guides from our HEXIES: 

  1. Embrace the Feedback (Even When It Stings)

Constructive criticism might not always feel good, but it's a golden opportunity to learn and grow. Don't take it personally. See it as a chance to improve your skills and become a better employee. Remember, even the most successful people were once beginners who learned from feedback.

This feedback can come from any form – from interview debriefs to Linkedin profile roast (promise.. we won't judge!)

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  1. Build a Professional Network

Who you know does matter! 

Surround yourself with inspiring people who believe in you. Make friends, build connections – it's not just about fancy titles. Connect with colleagues across departments, hit up industry events, and build relationships with people in your field.

This network can open doors to new opportunities, provide valuable insights, and offer support throughout your career.

Join the HEX community and explore the many advantages it provides!

Bonus point: Nobody Expects You to Know Everything (But Asking is Key)

You're fresh out of school, brimming with knowledge…but probably lacking real-world experience. Don't be afraid to ask questions! It's better to clarify something upfront than make a costly mistake. 


Wonder how you can gain your real-world experience while in school? Explore our programs and learn from world-class thought leaders.


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