After graduating from the University of Gloucestershire with a BA in Sports Journalism and a MA in PR, Communications and the Media, Amy stepped into her first post-graduate job with Compete PR.
The transition from university life to the world of work is an extremely daunting one, no more so than during an unprecedented time in the middle of a global pandemic.
During this time, a lot of employers have now realised the many benefits of having a workforce at home or flexible working. Whilst other businesses like Compete PR have always operated as a remote working team.
Now three months into the job, Amy gives her top tips on transitioning from a student to a full-time employee.
Amy’s top 5 tips for working from home as a new graduate
Pick up the phone
Working from home can be lonely and isolating, especially if you’ve been living with a group of friends or in halls of residence whilst at university. Coming home can be a stark contrast. Make sure to pick up your phone to talk to your colleagues to achieve a similar level of interaction as you would in an office environment. This helps to brainstorm ideas and be clear on the tasks ahead and have that social interaction that is good for the mind that you might not get over a message.
It is easy to be so consumed in your work that you forget to stay hydrated. However, drinking water regularly throughout the workday helps you to think, focus, concentrate better and be more alert. It also helps to keep your energy levels high, so if you feel tired throughout the day take on board a glass of water to restock your energy levels.
Step away from the screen (occasionally)
Looking at a computer screen all day can be draining and tiring. Make sure to take short frequent breaks away from the screen to give your eyes a rest and stretch your legs. It can also help to clear your mind and to come back to your piece of work with a fresh pair of eyes. Take the time to get another drink, snack or tick something off your to-do list like hanging out the washing. A great way to remember to do this is by having a smartwatch that reminds you to move every hour!
Take a proper lunch break
Make sure you step away from your working station during your lunch break. Log off your computer and take that time to yourself. This allows your mind to rest, recharge and refocus, which can help to improve your productivity for the rest of the day. Get some fresh air and eat a proper meal. Student life and pot noodles will not suffice for a full day of work. Eat a healthy, nutritious lunch that will fuel you for an afternoon of work and ensure you’re not yawning by 3 pm.
University does wonders for your social life when surrounded by an abundance of sports teams, societies, pubs and nightclubs. However, the return back home may not be the same especially when your friends are now dotted all over the country. Have a search to see what’s on offer around you. Volunteering or joining a local sports club is a great way to make new friends and promote a sense of belonging. Social interaction is good for your mental health and can lighten your mood and make you feel happier and refreshed ready for the next working day.
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