January 20, 2018

Successful on the job training (OJT) for students

Successful OJT for students - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

On the job training is an opportunity to take a glimpse into the world of business. If you’ve been in school for years, this first glimpse can show you how a business is run, what workers are like and how they are perceived by their peers. If you look closely enough, you will notice important factors that make some people stand out above others.

Be punctual

Remember when mom dragged you out of bed pointing out that you’d be late? Now it is actually really important to take heed of her advice. Punctuality is very important to any business. It shows you are ready, eager to work and reliable. How we are perceived in an office will become very important to career progression later on, hence the need to build relationships and good impressions when we can.

Observe the dress code

Every office has a dress code. Now is not the time to make a statement with your new Bieber jeans and tank top! When in doubt, observe what clothing others around the office are wearing and try to wear something similar. You will notice that a smart shirt/blouse combined with skirt/trousers is generally the standard office attire, smart and presentable.

Be prepared

If you have a deadline, meet it. If you have reports to hand in, be sure to be fully prepared for your assigned workload. On the job training gives you a firsthand glimpse of how an office works. You will learn all the intricate characters that create an office environment. There is always a character that is unprepared. Don’t let this person be you. You want to create a good, lasting impression, not be the person nobody wants to deal with. Be proactive in your approach and you will be noticed for all the right reasons!

Be professional

The office is not the playground, where you meet with your mates with a Red Bull in hand! It is a place of business, and as such, how you conduct yourself here will be noticed. Your office chair is not a toy for you to swivel around in like you’re at the wacky races! Be sure to maintain good posture while seated, to ensure optimum well-being. Comfort is a necessity for office chairs today; therefore, you must respect the office equipment. Remember, perceptions are really important!

On the job training will give you firsthand experience of an office environment. Many factors can make you stand out from a crowd, or blend in with the wallpaper. Success in any office boils down to respect. A hard worker will be respectful of his peers, his workload and his surroundings. At the very least, this training will offer you some references to take forward on your employment journey. What would you like yours to say about you?!

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