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5 Things to Do Before Starting Your First Job

5 Things to Do Before Starting Your First Job

Sophie Coffey

Congratulations, you’ve landed your first job!

Now what?

The working world is awaiting but its okay if you feel underprepared or nervous. Remember that no one is expecting you to be an expert before you even start. However, before you start is actually the perfect time to prepare a few things. To make it as stress-free as possible we have outlined them just for you!

Check your account

Usually getting a job as a student is linked to trying to earn some extra money so this is an important step. Most employers will pay directly into your account on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. If you already have an account now is a good time to check all the details are correct. Don’t panic if you don’t yet have any form of financial account. It is easy to set one up with your local bank or even post office.

Register with Revenue

Arranging your wage is of course the exciting aspect of admin but unfortunately, it’s not quite the only side! When you first join the labour force you will be required to set yourself up with Revenue. To complete this head to myAccount and register your details. This is quick and easy to do once you have all your information like your PPS number readily available.

Check the public transport routes

Regardless of how you are planning to get to and from work it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the public transport options. Search for any local routes that are available and try to get to know the timetables. Trialling out any new or unfamiliar routes will also be worthwhile as this will give you a more accurate idea of timings. Sitting on the bus and panicking at the time would not be an ideal start to your first shift!

Do your research

If you are working for a well-known corporation or brand, consider doing a little bit of research online into their policies or company statements. This will give you an insight into what your job will entail as well as some more knowledge about the company.

It’s also important to read your contract. Tempting though it is to just ignore the tiny print and sign at the end, it’s recommended that you do at least skim through it. In particular look out for things like holiday allowances or the amount of resignation notice you are required to give.

Take a breath

Finding your first job can be tricky and it’s natural to be apprehensive about starting it. No one is expecting you to win employee of the year on your first day!  Don’t avoid asking questions out of a fear of looking stupid. Most employers would much rather you asked than blindly hoped for the best especially while you are still learning at the beginning.

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Take a deep breath, show your willingness to work hard and just do your best.

Good luck!

Do you have any tips for things to do before starting your first job?

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