Be a listener – At the start of your new career, you need to learn to listen to others. You might not be accustomed to it, but you need to understand that your co-workers have been working in the industry far longer than you have. Learn to listen first, and then talk.
Mingle with everyone – You might be younger than most of your co-workers and prefer to associate with guys your age, but getting to know everyone will benefit you in one way or another.
Learn from your mistakes – Unlike in school, there is little room for mistakes in business. Nobody is perfect, but there is no excuse for making mistakes repeatedly. When you did something wrong, learn from it and be a better employee.
Pay attention to instructions – Not everyone has the privilege of having a supervisor who is willing to answer questions repeatedly. There are those who only give them one time and expect you to know everything. When your superior gives instructions, pay attention and take note of them.
Stay true to your word – You have projects that you need to finish. If you specify dates when you’re going to complete them, be sure to deliver on your promises. Don’t get a reputation for being unreliable.
Be a constant learner – Don’t close your mind to learning new things. Constantly find ways to improve your skills and become a better employee.
Be thankful – Everyone is busy and has things they need to do, but if someone goes out of their way to help you, appreciate their efforts and thank them for their time.
Joining the workforce is not easy. You will be with people with various ages and personalities. You need to learn how to work with them and be an effective employee.