My First Job


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The first day on the job—not to mention the first week or the first month—can be an overwhelming experience. This program empowers job seekers as well as new hires as they explore the issues surrounding what is invariably a major life change.

Students are introduced to the preparations typically needed to survive, and possibly even enjoy, their first day. These include planning transportation to work, company orientation, identifying and reporting to supervisors, getting to know coworkers, fitting into a team, and occupational health and safety issues. An employee’s rights and responsibilities are also an important topic.

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1. Employment Preparation Employment preparation includes personal hygiene, grooming, appropriate dress and footwear, and personal protective gear, if necessary. Prepare a lunch and snacks. Be punctual.
2. Punctuality Punctuality sets a good impression from the start. Know what the hours of work are.
3. Travel Route to Work It is important to know how to get to work on time. Do research online to find transportation schedules, or find the driving route ahead of time. Take extra time the first day to avoid unforeseen events.
4. Report to the Supervisor On the first day of work, know the person to report to. Ask questions relevant to work and remember people's names.
5. Induction Programs Nearly all employers provide induction/orientation programs for new employees. These programs discuss worker rights, safety procedures, competition with other companies, pay periods, and more.
6. Note Taking on the Job Take a pen and notepad on induction tours and for classes. Ask questions and get clarification.
7. Colleagues and Co-Workers It is important to know who the supervisors are and who to answer to directly. Find the organizational chart. Meet as many colleagues as you can.
8. Union Representative Unions play an important place in the labor market. Unions make sure there is fair return for the labor that people extend. Unions observe work conditions, and they make sure there is collective bargaining.
9. Human Resources Human resources are responsible for a worker's pay, work conditions, and any other personal issues a worker may need to discuss. HR tracks leave entitlements, keeps records, and may offer professional development courses.
10. Troubleshooting on the Job Things can go wrong on the job. Problems take many forms. A worker with a problem should seek out the supervisor or HR representative.
11. Worker Rights and Responsibilities A new worker should learn all the rights and responsibilities relative to the new job and workplace. Every worker has the right to a healthy and safe work environment. Get to know the health and safety representative.
12. First Week on the Job Surviving the first week on the job is easy when the following tips are followed: 1) have a positive attitude, 2) interact with co-workers, 3) ask questions, and 4) report any issues. Other tips are included as well as a summary.
13. Success on the Job The first day on a new job can be daunting for anyone. Maintaining a positive attitude is vital. Communication is the key to any successful career.



Grade: 6-8, 9-12

My First Job (DVD)
© 2008
Time: 30 Minutes

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