Tips for starting your apprenticeship: a day pass

Starting your career right after school can sometimes be stressful. These tricks make the transition to a new stage of life easier:

Excitation control: No one who goes to a training company is completely satisfied on day one. A little stage fright might be a good sign, says coach Caroline Klaus from Augsburg. It is better to address the nerve directly. “One really excited a little.” This is a good way, especially for young and somewhat shy beginners, to deal with their insecurities.

In her experience, the correct breathing technique helps relieve physical tension: breathe deeply and take a short break to relax. In order to assuage newcomer shyness, most training companies try to make the first few days as enjoyable as possible.

Hi, I’m new! Looking for a connection in the team

appear curious: Caroline Klaus says that the more open and curious a young man is, the easier it will be for him to join a new group of colleagues. “As a trainee, I’m in a position where I don’t know much yet, but that’s fine too.”

Approaching the new job with interest can be an important contribution. For example by asking a lot of questions. Once the apprentices try to understand something new, the relationship is equally likely to succeed. Klaus advises not to be too passive and always look for new tasks.

Find a connection in the team: Those who approach the new team openly are usually greeted warmly. “Often you start out as groups of interns — they form a tight network and support each other,” Klaus says. But you can also make quick connections with colleagues with whom you share things in common.

Help, everything is getting too much! Create new structures

Avoid overloading: Caroline Klaus recommends always have a pad and pen on hand. Especially in the beginning, trainees have to deal with a wealth of new information. It’s totally normal to not be able to remember everything. It is necessary to indicate compliance and organization of information. “You don’t have to revolutionize operations in the company on day one. Nobody asks for it.”

Move to 40 hours per week: Work life can be a big change. Klaus recommends using the end of the day consciously to relax. The best thing for trainees to do is to ask themselves what is good for them as a counterbalance to their new daily work. After a while, the right balance can be found – for example through sports, chatting with friends or reading a good book to relax.

Imagine it differently! Deal with disappointment

Learn to deal with stress: If your training stress gets out of hand, counselor Klaus recommends trying to talk to other trainees or friends. Anyone feeling increasingly overwhelmed by the new situation can also discuss the issue with the training manager and ask for feedback. “It gives you security again, because you often get positive feedback.”

Parents can also be a great support, especially for young adults. But they must step back and leave the responsibility to their children. “Starting training is also a way to become a beginner.”

Dealing with disappointment: Trainees should be aware that there can also be boring or unpleasant moments on the job. Ideal thoughts about a job can quickly fade into thin air after the first few weeks.

Then, Klaus advises, listen to yourself first and ask yourself: Is the work itself fun? Maybe it’s just a lack of motivation. Anyone who notices that the profession itself is not suitable, should act in a timely manner. Klaus recommends talking to the parents. Trainees can then contact their coach or coaches.

This also! Paperwork is part of it

Finance at a glance: With the first step in a career, it is also important to organize your finances and insurance. According to Julian Uehlecke, vocational training advisor at the youth department of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), health and liability insurance should not be missing.

Interns need their own bank account before their first day on the job and should take care of identifying their Tax ID and Social Security Number beforehand – so they can be reported to their employer.

According to Uehlecke, anyone who needs financial support has two options. On the other hand, there is the Vocational Training Scholarship from the Federal Employment Agency. On the other hand, trainees in full-time school training can apply for student loans. If you live in your own apartment, you may be entitled to housing benefit. (dpa)

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