You’re about to graduate. It’s an exciting time for some, as the enter the “real world”, full with wonder and enthusiasm. But more most people, it’s an uncertain time. A time when they face bosses, and colleagues who don’t care if you’ve gotten an A in your Accounting module, or that you were the top student in your class.

So what do you do after you graduate? There’s an article on the Huffington post about a recent graduates experience of what she did after she graduated.

Here are some very valuable tips for us in your first job, to help you get a good head start in life and in your career:

1) Work hard, work really really hard

At the start of your career, it’s all about learning skills and building experience. Don’t think about short terms goals such as salary right now. Think about what your current role will lead to, and work hard towards developing your skills to reach that end goal. A lot of people go into their first jobs expecting they should like it straight away, but you have to be good at what you do before you actually enjoy it, so there are no shortcuts. Decide on a career, and work really really hard straightaway!

2) Be people smart

In education, your achievements are valued based on how much you scored in your test. Being good at your job is important, but the people who go really far are very good at collaboration, communication and leadership skills. Pay attention to how you work with others, have a positive attitude, and build friendships with your colleagues and managers.

3) Socialise outside of work

The world is much bigger than your office. And while in the beginning you will probably spend most of your time in the office (yes, we advised you to work really really hard), don’t forget to participate in events outside of work. Things you enjoy, things where you will meet people that enjoy the same things you do. Being in a community of like minded people will allow you to collaborate and opens many new doors for you when you do decide to move on to other things.

4) Develop good work etiquette

Some people discover the proper conduct at work a bit later than others. It’s common sense for those who have moved on to senior positions in an organisation. but often, not for the people who are coming into the workforce for the first time. Avoid these pitfalls, see our Wobb article on good work etiquette.


Having a good start to your career will boost your confidence and builds an excellent track record very quick. Good luck with your first job!



Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy. Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.