Busting the myths around playing champ while you are a fresher.

By: Akshay Shukla (@_akshay_shukla )

Higher education? Check! Final year research report? Check! That I-don’t-know-why-but-this-will-look-good-on-my-resume internship for a month? Check!

Few days later:

Interview? Check! References? Check! Offer letter? Check!

Finally the day arrives when you start your professional career. You are all set to join the force with all guns blazing. You are visualising inside your mind how you are going to make that lasting impression on your boss & colleagues. You have already come across “10 things to keep in mind on your first day at job”, “It was his first day at the office and what he did will blow your mind” & “8 things people with lovely bosses will relate with” articles.

Well, you will be able to validate these suggestions in a very short period of time.

However, there are some points that will contradict your opinion on how to play champ as a fresher. Have a look at some of those points.

  • This might come as a surprise to you but you should never try to become a favorite of a single person (even if they happen to be your boss). They might defend you in many adverse situations but hey, things do not stay the same. What if that one person gets highly pissed at you? Gaining someone’s favoritism also brings jealousy or _____ (fill in the blanks) from others. Rather try to be in the good books of every single person irrespective of their teams and designations. You never know when someone will discover your thumbscrew.
  • It’s good to be honest with yourself but don’t be overt about it. While discussing your problem areas with your boss, make them seem like a “window for improvement” and not some “weakness” that you are facing. On the other hand, if someone else brings it up, take it with an open mind.
  • Never ever say, do, or showcase something which makes you seem comparatively better than your peers. Even under the situations when you are the only one who knows the answer to a question, remain silent and join the gang by acting similar like them. In case you can’t hold it, give a partially smart answer. You know what I mean.
  • Any skill, talent or achievement that is not related to your work should not be brought up in the office. Your electro dance moves might entertain others at a corporate party. It won’t entertain you while asking for a raise or promotion. Moreover, it will put off those who don’t acquire any such talent.
  • Speaking of your skills, never ever boast about them. Rather put them at use in helping others. Go one step further and teach them to your colleagues, in case they are willing to. Make sure all such help is provided privately. Chances are that these people will eventually become your brand ambassadors.
  • Always be there to help others but do not directly ask for an opportunity. “I do not have anything to do. Is there anything I can help you with?” will definitely portray you as a jobless person.
  • Never ever run behind credit. Even if you deserve it, let it come to you naturally. Trust me on this. Your capabilities will definitely take you to the top in the due course. Those who are always looking for ways to grab recognition might win the hearts of their bosses (Refer to point no. 1) but they fail in the long run. Feeding on achievements of others becomes their habit and at some point of time, they run out of it.

Think you have some more points to add? Please share in the comments section below.


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