What are the mistakes that people make at the start of their career?

Getting a first job is an exciting moment because it marks the beginning of a professional career. A new era of life starts, where you have a new workspace, new people and new challenges. Your first few months in the office will set the tone for your future at the company. In the office, everyone has a habit of thinking of the things that we should do. It is equivalent and important to think about the things that we should not do too.

We all make mistakes in the office at some or another point. Doing a mistake can be avoidable but repeating the same mistake will lower your quality in life. Here are some common mistakes that people do in their first job.

1. Not following your interest

  • This is the biggest mistake that we do. If you do not follow your interest then make sure that you will not be productive.
  • Sometimes it may happen that people are not clear with their area of interest.
  • This mostly happens with freshers. After working a few months they realize that their area of interest is different from the current role.
  • Working without interest may give you stress and lowers your dedications towards your work.

2. Have a habit of comparison

  • A habit of comparison will make you focus on negative factors.
  • Due to this, you forget to give your dedication to positive factors.
  • Always try to be yourself. Don’t project yourself as someone else.
  • Do not compare yourself with anyone. Try to focus on your own strengths and weaknesses.

3. High expectation

  • At the start, expecting praise and promotion is meaningless. You need to prove yourself and this will take time.
  • You may underestimate the importance of grunt work. Every work will create an impact on your career.
  • Don’t make a habit of prioritizing money in your career.
  • High expectation may lower your moral value towards the work.

4. Not asking for help

  • In the early month, you may hesitate to ask for help. Your hesitation may give an inaccurate output.
  • Do not rely on yourself for guidance. Try to take help from your seniors.
  • This behavior may make you feel isolated.
  • Learning from people who have good knowledge and experience will boost your skills and knowledge effectively.
  • Do not fail to ask question and give feedback.

5. Taking criticism personally

  • Initially, criticism may make you feel bad. Take this as learning.
  • You should learn to accept a mistake and should apologize for it.
  • Make sure that you don’t repeat mistakes again and again.

6. Missing deadlines

  • If you are constantly missing your deadlines then it’s not a good sign.
  • Don’t waste your time in doing work that allows distractions.
  • You need to adapt yourself to the office environment. Submitting your project at the last moment will not work in the corporate world.
  • Try to find out the ways to meet deadlines.
  • There is no need for working all the time. But you should be well organized within the time frame.

7. Jumping here and there

  • At the start of a career, it is a habit to change job too frequently.
  • You waste your lots of crucial time in joining a new company.
  • You should choose a company where you can explore your knowledge and be there atleast for three years.
  • Remember, having a good boss is important rather than working in a big company.


Premratan Kushwaha
Mechanical Engineer turned career enthusiast. After facing issues in finding the right job for myself and then realising that despite my degree I don't completely understand the significance of various profiles in the industry, I decided to make career out of helping others in finding the right career path.

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