Office etiquette

Starting a placement or job in an office can feel a little daunting. Here are seven quick tips to help you settle in:

1. Dress for success – dress appropriately for the job that you about to do and the industry you are in.

2. Relax – be aware of your nervous habits and how best to manage them.

3. Be confident – show your colleagues that you deserve to be there.

4. Be innovative – from day one, confirm that you bring something new to the table. Be there to contribute or volunteer for tasks and projects.

5. Separate your personal life from your and professional life – once settled in, avoid making personal calls, sending personal emails or taking long lunch breaks. Show that you are dedicated to your new job and that you want to be there.

6. Communicate – speak up and ask questions, make suggestions and periodically check in with your manager.

7. Challenge yourself – set goals for yourself and see how you fit into the working environment.

Read insights into office life from our candidates Matthew Jakob and Nadia Mensah.