I got my first proper job!! An absolutely incredible feeling to sign my contract, but I’m a little bit worried about the three month probation part.
Is this standard on all jobs? What do I need to do to pass probation – or is it a case of not just being completely useless?? Am I worrying about nothing?
Woohoo congrats on the job! The probation is totally normal, it’s not a reflection on you! Pretty much all roles have a trial period these days. You’re probably worrying for nothing.
Most people do pass their probationary period. If there are any issues, you’ll probably know about it earlier.
To pass, you just need to do your best at the job. For the first three months you’ll be learning and training anyway, so they won’t expect you to be amazing.
They just want to see that you show up on time, you’re professional, willing to learn and enjoy yourself.
It’s an informal way for you to see whether you like the job too. Make sure to schedule regular check-ins with your manager and ask for feedback on your performance. That lets them know that you’re dedicated and interested.
Congratulations! That’s great news!
A 3 month probation period is pretty standard these days, especially in corporate companies. It’s kind of like a try before you buy concept. Think about buying a new car – you wouldn’t buy one before taking it for a test drive right??
It’s really difficult for a business to just let someone go now if they are not the right fit for the job, so a three month probation period gives them a chance to check you out properly and ensure your skills and experience are as you said. As you can imagine some people tend to lie on their CVs so a 3 month probation period will reveal any issues. Since it’s your first proper job, you may not have much experience but the company will want to see that you are able to pick things up quickly, follow processes and work efficiently with your colleagues.
The probation period is also a good chance for you to make sure that you are comfortable with the role and the company. There are many things you can do to prove your worth in this time so you can be confident that you will pass the probation. I wouldn’t worry too much, just make sure you are always punctual, keen to learn, showing you are a good team player etc.
All the best!