Guest post by ratemyplacement.co.uk: How to settle into your first few days of placement!

Hello from Katie at www.ratemyplacement.co.uk

Last week we had five new placement students start at RMP so I thought it would be topical for some top tips on starting a placement!

  1. Wear comfortable clothes. The last thing you want is to be sat at your desk worrying about how snug that pencil skirt is or a shirt that you can’t breathe in!
  2. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive to the office. You don’t want to have to run down the street like a mad lunatic then be dripping with sweat – make sure it’s a leisurely stroll to work.
  3. Don’t spend time on YouTube or Facebook – you’re there to work so don’t be caught by the director looking at your friend’s holiday pictures or the latest Beyonce video!
  4. Clear up after yourself – wash up your mug etc. You don’t want to be known as the mucky pup of the office.
  5. Be enthusiastic and friendly. First impressions count and you don’t want people to think you’re a miserable person who never cracks a smile. Don’t be afraid to say hello to people either, even if it is the owner…everyone is human!
  6. Be sociable, if the office is going for drinks – make sure you go along! It’s important to chat to people out of the office and get to know people.
  7. Be yourself! Don’t put on an act as you won’t be able to keep it up for a year. You got hired for being you.
  8. Don’t be scared to ask any questions, no question is a silly question and the company appreciates you asking. It is a new job and there will be a lot you won’t know.

Good luck in your first few days of placement!

Katie – www.ratemyplacement.co.uk

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