So, instead of coming up with a list of new year's resolutions which I will inevitably not stick to, I have thought of some items that I, and other first year trainees, should aspire to acquire (or in some cases retain) in 2015. I'm not referring to the useless stuff which you elbow your way through crowds to get your hands on in the January sales for it to then sit in your flat because you assure yourself it will come in useful one day (nobody needs Sudoku toilet paper or diamond encrusted headphones, no matter how much they have been reduced). I'm referring to things that will make you a more successful trainee and, unlike many of our new year's resolutions, they are lasting and achievable!
Confidence (not cockiness) and self belief
The new year brings an element of the unknown which can be daunting; I am settling into my first seat here in the corporate team, and all of a sudden I have less than two months left before I join a different department. I feel as though I have learnt a lot so far and, as a result, my confidence is building as I quite often know what to do when given a task.
It is important not to let that self belief diminish just because I am moving to a new department in the office. I've learnt the ropes of office life which was a big challenge at the start and I need to look at it as a new, exciting challenge and not a daunting prospect. Those nerves - I gotta' shake them off.
Whilst important to be confident, it is essential not to come across as arrogant. Be sure to be respectful and friendly to everyone in the office and grateful for help you receive. That way you will learn more and your colleagues will probably enjoy working with you which makes for a far more enjoyable work environment.
A playlist that makes you feel empowered and positive
All of us should (and probably do) have a cheesy tune which, when cranked up to full volume, makes the day seem that bit brighter. Whether it's to brighten up your rainy, windy, walk to work on a Monday morning or to pick you up after an exhausting, challenging day, music really can give you a boost. You'll just keep cruising through the day, can't stop won't stop moving with those positive vibes. (You might be able to guess what mine is at the moment…)
A good pair of shoes
Not to be under estimated. And by 'good' I don't mean patent, designer high heels. Trainees do not drive to work - fact. I would suggest cycling but my journey to work is all uphill so oddly that option isn't appealing! A comfortable, waterproof pair of shoes to get you to work with dry, cosy feet is a great investment that you will never regret. You'll be lightning on your feet and just think, the daily exercise will ensure you keep that new year's resolution to get fit!
Enough sleep and a reliable alarm clock
It may seem crazy what I'm about to say, but our student days are over; we can't roll out of a club at 3am and bluff our way through a 9am tutorial anymore. Getting enough sleep is essential to allow you to perform to the best of your abilities at work. Aim for your eight hours, but be sure to have a reliable alarm clock to get you up in the morning so you're not rushing to get to work.
A pocket diary
I have my outlook calendar in the office, but once I am away from my desk it is possible that I may forget about an appointment I have the following day. Whether you have a client meeting, a breakfast meeting you need to be in early for, or even a charity fundraising event you need to bring cash for, a pocket diary will become an invaluable addition to your handbag/ suit jacket as it'll make you look super organised!
Furthermore, a trainee should always carry a pen and paper with them in case they get given another job to do - nothing is worse than having to go back and ask one of your colleagues what they asked you to do because you didn't write it down! With a diary you'll never miss a beat, it could be your saviour.