It’s a horrible trait, but I’ve always been in a rush to begin the “next step” of my life. I graduated high school early, and I completed college in four years (#whatwasIthinking), which gave me a December graduation date. All of these factors led me into the workforce earlier than the majority of my friends, especially when they went on to get graduate degrees, and I decided against law school. The most fun thing about this is that I’ve gotten to actually give solicited advice on how to survive post-grad life!
Two of my friends started the workforce last week, and as we were talking, I realized that a first job survival kit would be so helpful! So I’ve put together my picks for a first job survival kit for the friends in your life who are joining the workforce! There are a lot of goodies here, so I recommend picking and choosing what works best with your budget and your friend’s personality.
Coffee || I wasn’t a regular coffee drinker before starting a full-time job, as Diet Coke was my drug of choice. But offices are a little different than campuses most of the time, and coffee becomes a little more readily available than soda. You could represent coffee in the gift basket by picking up a Starbucks gift card, some K-Cups, or the bottled Starbucks frappucinos that you can buy just about anywhere.
Lipstick || I don’t know about y’all, but whenever I need a little confidence boost, I apply lipstick. It helps me to feel polished and professional. My favorite lipstick brand is MAC, but for the sake of keeping this gift basket affordable, check out Kate Moss for Rimmel. They’re almost as pigmented as MAC products, but are a little creamier and dry your lips out less.
Padfolio || Big yellow legal pads are about to become your bestie’s new best friend. Everyone at my office had a padfolio, so I picked an adorable floral one up at Target and slapped a monogram on it. The one I tagged is basic and black, but The See Jane Work line at Office Depot has some cute ones, along with other cute office accessories.
Cute pens || Keeping up with pens is way more difficult than it should be. I was forever passing mine off to people in meetings, laying them down somewhere, or sticking them in my purse. So I learned quickly to stock up on ink pens, and keep a little stash in my desk. I linked these fun Lilly Pulitzer pens, but my favorite place to find cheap and adorable ones is the dollar aisle at Target!
Inspirational quote for desk || When I was a little girl, my dad bought me an adorable little framed quote from Hallmark that sat on my desk – Reach for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. For my first job, he bought me a cross to keep on my desk with 2 Samuel 22:2-3 on it. It’s nice to have a reminder at your desk on day’s that you feel like quitting. I may have gone a little overboard on suggestions, but I really love these: one | two | three | four |
Dry Shampoo || Because oversleeping happens.
Friction Block Balm || This is my secret weapon for wearing heels or breaking in Tory Burch flats or new Jacks… Because the day that you wear uncomfy shoes is the day that you will spend 90% of your day away from your desk and on your feet!
Handwritten Note || Who doesn’t love a handwritten note?! Write your friend a note letting her know how proud of her you are and how awesome she is going to be at her job. I can almost guarantee that she’ll turn to that note on days where she doesn’t feel so confident. (In my opinion, it’s the most important piece in a first job survival kit!)
Tide to Go Pen || It never fails that the day you get something on your blouse at lunch is the day that you have an important meeting immediately afterward. Also, having one of these babies will make your bestie’s office popularity skyrocket! Once someone finds out she has one, she’s going to have all sorts of visitors at her desk.
I’m sure I left something off, so feel free to suggest other items that you would suggest or that you think would have been helpful while adjusting to your first few months of your first “big girl” job!
Happy Tuesday, y’all!