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Starting Work

Starting a new job can be an exciting experience and can seem a little scary at first, as being an employee is different from being a school pupil or student. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills and get earn money for the work you carry out.

You will have a role and job to fulfill and certain things will be expected from you in a work place, being on time, following instructions and showing that you are reliable and dependable.

You might find that your working life is more structured than what you are normally used to. You might have to report to someone like a manger or a supervisor and they will give you instructions, or ask you to perform certain tasks, sometimes within a certain time period. You will also find you have to account for your actions and decisions, such as why you performed a task in a certain way. Many workplaces will expect you to show initiative - to do things without being asked or supervised.

It can take time to get used to your new working environment, some people will adapt quicker than others. It helps to ask questions if you’re not sure about something and a good idea to make an effort to get to know your new work colleagues.

Try to be friendly and helpful in the workplace but equally don’t let people take advantage of you because you are young and new to the job.

Things can also be unsettling if you are returning to work, regardless of the reason for the break whether it has been after a period of unemployment, extended leave, maternity leave or perhaps you've moved to a new area. Like starting work for the first time, it might take you time to adjust to the situation.

If you do experience problems in the workplace like bullying or discrimination don’t be afraid to get help. Speak to your supervisor or manager or find out who you can talk to in the Human Resources or Personnel department if they have one, as there may be a complaints procedure.

There are also Trade Unions that you can join for a small regular contribution from your wages that protect workers and are there to help or you could go to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for free advice on what you should do. You can also find a range of useful information on the Careers Wales website.

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