Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:06

Beating first day nerves

Naturally, entering into the AAB graduate scheme, I was very nervous. With anything in life, venturing into the unknown is always a frightening thought. I think it helped that I had an idea of what I was getting myself into: challenging exams, a completely new work environment and having to adopt a ‘9 to 5’ schedule. However, as with most things in life, getting thrown in at the deep end is good for our long-term development. As being exposed to situations which make us uncomfortable shape us into stronger, more resilient individuals.

With all of this in mind, I was able to ease my first day nerves. It also helped that Anderson Anderson and Brown offer their graduates a really helpful induction week, which allows you to get to know your fellow graduates in a better sense. It also helps you to get to know the firm’s values and become better acquainted with the different services the firm provides. Owing to the warm countenance of the Human Resources department, my first day was not what I expected. At Come 17:15 on Monday, I felt relatively calm and eager to return the next day to learn more and catch up with my fellow graduates.

I think the induction week mirrors the values of Anderson Anderson and Brown; in that building strong relationships with your peers is as equally important as the work you carry out. This in itself, bolstered my original opinion about AAB, in that the people support one another which makes it into such a family-orientated organisation. This was what stood out to me in the application process and urged me to apply as it poses a welcoming antithesis to the cold, corporate organisations which exist in the field.

To sum it up, if I had known how I would feel at the end of my first day prior to joining; I would not have been so apprehensive. However, I did practice some techniques which helped me beat those expected first day nerves.

In starting my professional career, I have come to realise that starting the day of on the correct foot helps your temperament for the rest of the day. This involves doing some meditation to start of the day, followed by a hearty breakfast and watching a favoured tv programme. It may sound quite cliché, but it really is the simple things in life that make such a difference - including beating those first day nerves!

Larissa Finlay, Audit Trainee