Many of us go into our first day of work either head-on or hesitant. The best strategy is to find the perfect in between, and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure you're in the right headspace. You want to be both physically and mentally prepared for the week ahead.


It's important to do a self-check in the night before your first day. Make sure you have an outfit, phone charger, lunch, snacks, a notebook, pens, wallet (with identification), gum/mints and any printed information you should need. Set your alarm clock so that you have enough time to get to your office early (just in case something goes wrong). Pro tip: Set out your outfits for the week before Monday and do the same for your meals if you don't plan on eating out everyday.


Now that you are physically ready, it's time to get mentally prepared. I'm a huge believer in writing things down and planning ahead. If you haven't tried it yet, I recommend you write down a list of goals for yourself and what you would like to expect for your first week. This could be as simple as wanting to learn a new skill or getting coffee with a co-worker. That way after your whirlwind week you have some notes to follow back on. Pro tip: Develop a 30/60/90 day plan with goals and expectations for yourself. If you're not big on pen and paper, leave a voice note or use apps like Evernote, Quip and Simplenote.


Check out websites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn for a refresher on employee reviews. Review your job description, contract and benefits so that you are 100% confident of what is expected of you and you're well read if you wanted to ask specific questions. Confidence is key. Pro tip: Check out LinkedIn to see if there any colleagues or fellow alumni who you can grab coffee with during your first week. I think it's always great to have someone with the inside scoop on your company when starting off, if not grab coffee with a co-worker during your break.



Personally, setting up my work space with some personal items made me feel a bit more comfortable. I brought two framed pictures of my family and friends for my desk. Little things like bringing a weekly planner and finding the coffee station on your floor are just a few ways to have an easier transition. You'd be surprised how much small details can make a difference in your transition.