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Did you know that every time we go through a change, we all experience similar emotions?
That’s right. Whether it’s a new job or a new relationship, each of us coasts along a change curve. This change curve, basically a slippery dip of positive and negative emotions happens to every single one of us, in every single change.
So, no matter what the change, it’s important to remember a few a few things. Firstly, the range of emotions we feel during a new change are completely normal – yep, even the bad ones. Secondly, while we all cruise through the curve, some go through it quickly while others it takes a bit longer.
The best news about the change curve, is that when we know what stage we’re at, it’s easier to cope with how we feel.
You’ve left school because you want freedom and independence, only to find instead of your mum asking you to do boring jobs around the house, now it’s your boss. Sound familiar?
Being an apprentice is not an easy job, especially in the beginning. Think about it this way: you and friends know how to contact each other, know how to talk to each other and know what each other likes and doesn’t like.
As an apprentice, you have to learn all this about your boss in a short space of time, as well as how to do your job.
To add even more pressure, chances are, the way your boss likes doing things, isn’t what suits you.
Make life easy as easy as possible.
Starting an apprenticeship can be daunting, especially when it is your first full time job.
It is amazing how hard it can be to get used to being “at work” 38 hours or more every week. Just like at the start of each sporting season it can take between 6-8 weeks to get fit enough to play well, the same can apply at work.
Your body has to adjust to any number of possibilities, a Cook will be in a very hot environment, a Hairdresser may stand on a hard floor all day, a Builder may be lifting, carrying and climbing. Each of these activities can knock you out when you first start working and it is up to you to manage and cope with these new demands on your body and mind.
But how do you get prepared? Here are 8 points to remember: