First day on the job

First day on the job

  • Published on Wednesday 2 September, 2015
  • 2 min. to read


Well done. You’ve landed a job. So, now what can you expect on your first day?
It is quite normal to be nervous on your first day of work — and for some days after — until you get familiar with your workplace and co-workers.

Here are some things you can do to make your first day as smooth as possible.

Find out beforehand

  • Is there parking onsite or is public transport available?
  • How long will it take to get there? Always allow extra time in case there is traffic or an accident
  • Is there a fridge if you want to bring lunch? Is there a café nearby
  • Dress code
  • Your start and finish times
  • Who you report to
  • Is there anything else you need to bring with you?


  • Set your alarm earlier than necessary so you have extra time to make sure everything is ready to go
  • Put your work clothes out the night before to save time in the morning
  • If your clothes need ironing, do this the night before as well
  • Have a good breakfast
  • Approach the day with positivity and be ready to embrace your exciting new experience