Post # 1
I’m closing in on finishing my post grad HR program in the next few weeks. I finished my undergrad 6 years ago and worked as a supply teacher after. My degree was in Liberal Arts – mostly gender studies and I never studied business.
I’ve enjoyed this program that I’m in, but I studied employment law last semester and feel like it’s pretty much all floated right out of my head… I’m averaging mid 90s – but college is pretty easy compared to university. I’m really great at tests but my confidence has always been pretty low with my ability to perform in the work place or how capable I am. I worry now as I am applying to jobs that I’ll flunk my interviews bc I feel like I don’t know anything! I worry about to what level a new employer will expect me to be at… I’m hoping to find an internship where I can dabble in all the areas of HR and be given some guidance about proper methods and best practices etc.
I have a friend who started her placement today at the college and she said her boss basically told her it was up to her how she chose to go about recruitment and then just left her… she said she felt sick from worrying about what to do and felt lost… and eventually had to go back to her boss and ask for some guidance and a list of tasks that were expected of her… this is what scares me!
I’m rambling… but I find comfort sometimes in knowing that I’m not the only one who feels completely overwhelmed and underprepared…
I volunteered in an HR department last year to try and get a little insight into the field but they mainly had me photocopy a lot.. and some data entry into the HRIS… Didn’t help me to feel prepared whatsoever!
Post # 2
I think it is totally normal to feel this way, especially when you are just starting out! I am going to start my first job in my new career after grad school in a few months, and the idea of not knowing something worries me, too! To the point where I’ve gone and bought a few extra text books to freshen up on things before I start.
All of that being said, there is a leanring curve for every new employee a company hires, no matter how experienced they are. Everyone has to learn names, orient themselves, and figure out how the office runs ad what their practices are.
I think it would help you to get over the fear of asking questions. As long as you aren’t asking questions that can be easily answered with a little research, I wouldn’t worry about it. For example, if someone tells you to write a report about “such and such” and take it to someone in a different office, you can ask a million questions about how to complete the report, how to format it, etc. But I wouldn’t ask where the other office is located- You can Google that.
I would rather ask a question about how something should be done upfront than stress about it or even worse, do it incorrectly and waste people’s time. If someone seems annoyed that you asked them for help/guidance, I would say exactly that- “I ask because I want to make sure I get this right the first time so that we aren’t wasting time or resources.”
Try and relax- You’ll be fine! I’m sure you’ll encounter a lot of helpful people and will eventually adjust to everything. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 3
Oh god, everytime I start a new job I feel like I am going crazy. Fear, trembling, insomnia. The unknown is VERY scary. Will I be good enough? Will they regret hiring me? Did I misrepresent by qualifications? Will this company go under? Will my boss turn into a crazy lunatic? Will I let myself down?
It ALWAYS goes fine.
It usually subsided after the first day or so. Dood luck to you!