Tips For On-The-Job Trainees

Last March 22, 2012, I spoke before a group of students from the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University.  I was asked to share my thoughts about what they need to keep in mind while undergoing an on-the-job training with private entities.  This is what I discussed with them:

  1. Dress For Success – First impressions last.  So if you report for work shabbily dressed then don’t expect to be looked upon as somebody who cares about their careers.  Am not saying that you have to dress to the nines like you’re going to a party.  A corporate attire is the most acceptable.  And please don’t report to work with your hair still wet.
  2. Never be late for work – And why should you be late, pray tell?  In cases that you’ll be delayed, inform your supervisor.  Avoid staying up late at night during weekdays — your eyebags will show the next day.
  3. Listen to instructions – Listen intently and keenly observe how things are done.  One of the most critical stages of your training is the initial instructions and if you missed out on this, you’re gonna have problems.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask – On-the-job trainings are your first step to the corporate world.  Never ever assume that you know everything.  If you’re unsure, ask.  Your supervisors are there to assist you and TEACH you.
  5. Perform your tasks dutifully – Focus on your assigned tasks and do it well.  If you’re given a deadline to finish something — either your beat the deadline or finish it earlier than expected.
  6. Build your network – This is the time to establish your network of contacts.  Be friendly to everyone.  If you’re lucky enough to be allowed to handle customers then this is your time to shine.  An eager beaver almost always gets job offers even before they graduate.
  7. Finish your tasks by day’s end – Don’t leave work with unfinished business especially when you’re on a deadline.  Ensure that your work area is in order and doesn’t look like a typhoon just wrecked havoc.
  8. Review what you have done for the day – You can do this just before you leave or when you’re in the house already.  It’s best to go thru the day’s events as this would help you remember the more important things that happened.  I suggest that you keep a daily journal.
  9. List down your learnings – Since you’re reviewing what has transpired for the day then it should follow that you also take note of what you have learned.  Highlight issues where you committed mistakes — call them your Learning-Experiences-Moment and learn from them.
  10. Don’t leave without telling your supervisor – This is what you call manners.


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