Your first day at a new job can be extremely nerve racking and you can often feel completely unprepared. So, we’ve put together a priority list of things you should do to ensure you’re well prepared to handle your first day as an apprentice!

Step 1 - Do a trial run

Making sure you know the route from your house to work is essential. It’s also important to know how long it’s going to take you and what time you should leave; you don’t want to be late on your first day!

Step 2 – Read up on the company

Make sure you know what the company sells (products or services); check up on their social media pages, scan their website and research what articles they might have appeared in so that you have a good idea of their aims and values.

Step 3 – Dress the part

Hopefully, you’ll already have been told what kind of dress code is acceptable at your new place of work. If you’re not sure what to wear, give them a call to find out beforehand; give yourself plenty of time to get new work clothes and plan out what you’re going to wear. This will save you time getting ready on your first day too!

Step 4 – Get a good night’s sleep

Sleep matters and making sure you’re well rested for your first day is essential! Make sure to go to bed early and set your alarm so that you’re feeling refreshed and motivated for your big day.

Step 5 – Take a packed lunch

There might not be anywhere local for you to nip out to during your lunch break to grab some food and the last thing you want to do is go hungry. So be sure to take a nutritious packed lunch and then you can scope out what’s around when you get there.

Step 6 – Make a good first impression

Although you want to try and be yourself, make sure you’re extra cautious to be kind and respectful to everyone you meet. Make sure you make eye contact and smile lots; people can be judgemental when they meet someone for the first time and being perceived positively could benefit you later on.

Step 7 – Ask lots of questions

Employers want to see that you’re engaging with the role, so if you have questions, ask them! They’ll be more than happy to answer any queries you have and you might find that the answers help to relax you too.

Step 8 – Take notes

There’s going to be a lot to take in during your first few days so be sure to record anything important in a notepad or diary. This will save your employer having to repeat the same things again and again and will make you look professional and organised.

If you follow these 8 simple steps you’ll be well on your way to making the most out of your apprenticeship and mastering your first day!

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