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If your job becomes a toxic environment and your supervisor is abusive, it is okay to leave before a year.


If your job becomes a toxic environment and your supervisor is abusive, it is okay to leave before a year.

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Starting First Job


  1. Keep track of your accomplishments

    Keep a running list of things you learn and accomplish so you can reference your growth through the year. You can also add to that, setting goals for your first 30 days, 90 days and the year so you can measure your growth.

  2. Find an ally on the team

    Make one friend that you can go to with questions that you feel uncomfortable asking your boss. This will curb your loneliness and help transition you into the community.

  3. Ask questions

    If you have questions or interjections, speak up early before it feels too late to say something. It will take a few weeks to feel like you’re actually a part of the team and not a guest, but you got the job, you are part of the team.

  4. Make an org chart so you know who's who

    Map out who is on what team, so you can use it as a cheatsheet when you're in meetings. It will help you figure out who to ask about which projects.

  5. Get to know a person from each department

    Try to meet someone from each team so you can learn faces, functions of the company, and have an ally from other parts of the office. You can play the “I’m new” card to accomplish it. Just slack, email, or Teams people and ask to grab coffee or lunch, or just hop on a call if it's virtual.

  6. Create structure for yourself

    Create and stick to a routine. This will help you assimilate and calm your anxieties of any change. Even if you have many meetings, find a few things that you can do regularly.

  7. Go to the happy hours and events hosted by your company

    These are amazing ways to become friends with your co-workers. It might feel weird drinking with your boss, just drink responsibly and don’t act like a college student.

  8. Set time boundaries for your colleagues from the get go

    You want to be helpful and please everyone, I understand that. But make sure you are realistic about your capabilities, time frame, and task list. Even unintentionally, people can take advantage of you and keep loading on things to do, without understanding a realistic scope.

  9. Learn from your mistakes and move on

    Write down what to do next time so you don’t repeat the mistake and move on.I promise, you will make hundreds of mistakes. As long as you acknowledge them, and figure out what to do in the future to prevent it from happening again, you are all set.

  10. Screenshot compliments

    Keep a private folder of compliments so you can read them when you need a pick-me-up if you’re feeling stressed or inadequate.


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