We all bring expectations into the work place with us, but to have true satisfaction in your career you have to think realistically and keep yourself grounded. There are a lot of different work environments out there, but no matter where you work, it’s important to keep these five things in mind.1. Your employer values your opinion
: You may be young, but you wouldn’t have gotten the job if your employer didn’t believe you could do it. Have confidence in your abilities and don’t be afraid to make suggestions.
2. It’s okay to change jobs:
The truth is sometimes things don’t work out. The job that looked great on paper might not be the best fit once you get into it. If you are in a job situation that is making you miserable, or simply isn’t challenging enough, don’t be afraid to look at other options. Unless you signed a contract, no one can make you to stay in a position. You have the freedom to determine your own career path and your own happiness.
3. Everyone else is human too
: Sometimes in the work place it’s easy to forget that your boss or manager is more than a robot. Try to make personal connections with people in the work place, even if they don’t make the first move. You never know when you might end up working with them or need advice from them.
4. It’s okay to take time off
: Some people never take their time off, even if it runs on a “use-it-or-lose-it” system. Don’t be ashamed to take time off. If you have the days, use them. You earned them, and everyone needs a break now and then.
5. Not everyone thinks like you
: Some people are over-communicators: Every email gets a prompt reply and every text gets a response. Some people are under-communicators: A response may never come or only when asked again. Start recognizing how the people you work with communicate, and adapt as needed. Also, I have found that people from different age groups communicate differently. For example, it might be okay to text your hip millennial supervisor, but not okay to text your 67-year-old boss who thinks texting is a “lazy and unprofessional” form of communication.
This blog post is written by Lauren Brune. Lauren is a Fort Wayne transplant from Tipp City, Ohio. She moved here in 2015 after graduating from Ohio Northern University where she studied communications and public relations. She works at LEARN Resource Center in New Haven as the Communications and Special Events Coordinator.