Whether this experience is positive or negative will depend heavily on your next steps. If you want to open the door for a continuing career, it’s a good idea to do your best to succeed in this first opportunity.


Just like interviewing, you should arrive a little bit early and possibly leave a little bit late to make it clear that you are serious about your job. Find out what the expectations are and meet or exceed them. Supervisors like to know what’s happening, so keep them updated on your progress when necessary (such as project status). Ask questions when you need to, but not without first trying to figure it out yourself.


If your boss doesn’t provide feedback about your work, it’s ok to ask periodically if they have any constructive criticism for you to put to use. This shows you are willing to improve and learn.


Don’t take unnecessary time off from work. You were hired to work, and requesting too much time off sends the message that you’d rather be elsewhere. Instead, you should convey that you are enthusiastic and efficient. On this note, social media and cell phone checks should take the back seat. Most employers do not want you spending paid work time socializing. With that said, be sure that any social media or personal information you have on the web is appropriate and/or private.


If you find yourself ahead of the game, check with your supervisor to see if there is any additional work that needs doing. If not, spend some time helping colleagues who have heavier workloads. This will help you build positive relationships.


A positive experience includes a positive environment, so try to make friends, find a mentor, and get to know your team. Commit yourself to growing professionally and keep up to date on next steps.


Make yourself and your goals visible. And hopefully, when promotion or praise time comes, your boss will think of you.