One year at JFL: What I've learnt

21 August 2018

As a final year university student, I felt so much pressure to apply for as many graduate jobs as I physically could for the sake of feeling proactive, but I rarely felt any excitement when I was offered an interview, or told I successfully made it to the next stage. When I applied to JFL, the role finally sounded like something I really wanted to get stuck into, and not just because they offered weekly Friday drinks and a birthday day off! I’ve now been at JFL for just over a year so here’s my advice to university grads in their first post-grad role...

BE PATIENT

Be patient with yourself, you’re not going to grasp everything straight away, and that’s completely normal. From email etiquette to learning to write on brand, everything seemed so intimidating and new in my first few weeks, but practice makes perfect, and you will learn so much over time. Just be patient.

ORGANISE

It seems obvious, but it is so important to structure each day, so you can ensure you complete all tasks, and don’t forget anything important. Your first ‘proper’ office job can be overwhelming, and to-do lists will become your best friend, I promise. I usually make mine the night before and highlight the most important tasks, so in the morning, I know straight away what I need to do!

ASK QUESTIONS

It’s okay to admit you tried something but couldn’t figure it out alone. Asking questions and learning from people who know what they’re doing is the best way you can learn. Whatever you do, don’t sit at your desk worrying, you’ll be wasting precious time and won’t be making any progress. Ask for help!

SAY YES

Say ‘yes’ to as many opportunities as you can (so long as you don’t get overwhelmed!). I still predominately focus on social media and marketing, however, saying ‘yes’ to helping out with different areas of the business has meant I have been able to broaden my experience which is something I was always keen to do. Try and be as helpful as possible, it’ll only benefit you in the long run. 

MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES

Don’t wait to be presented with training opportunities, research them yourself and present them as possibilities to your manager. If you don’t have a very good training budget, or you just want to broaden your skill set, there are so many free online courses available, so definitely look around. A webinar is a great way to break up your day as well!

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