Scared of having a job?

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I know this sounds completely stupid like i’m crazy, but ever since i graduated, ive always wanted a job but i’m terrified of having one because :1. I’m terrified i’m gonna mess something up. 2. I know how to count money, but when im nervous or feel under pressure im hopelessly slow and mess up when i count/handle money. And 3. Im afraid that ill get soo nervous that i will get confused and look bad in front of my employer or coworkers. Can anyone help me? I feel soo horrible not being able to move on with life with this fear.

Category: Tags: asked February 24, 2015

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Your fears are all natural, I've had the same ones. You can't expect not to mess up, it's all happened before. You're not the first, don't worry! Mistakes are not only part of the job, but also a part of life. The only way you can go is forward, you'll have to learn to face these challenges. Otherwise, how do you expect to learn? Your employers and coworkers aren't evil minions sent to your work with the sole task of making fun of you. They're people too, they've all made such mistakes and I'm sure you'll find some that are understanding. It's okay to be nervous and scared, without those two things we'd be making rash decisions left and right. This is letting you think and evaluate your position, but you have to go through with it eventually. You have to learn to face your fears.
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Hey :) you can completely disregard this answer if you want but if this was me I would go out and give it a go. I mean who cares if you stuff up your first job but the more you do it the easier it will get and the more comfortable you will get at it. And even if it mean getting a few jobs before you start to get comfortable with working that's fine!!! take your time at least in the process you will be earning some money! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln tried starting up his own business 2-3 times (can't quite remember) and failed each time and he tried for politics about 5-6 times and still no results and then finally after several years of nothing he ran for president and he finally succeeded and the amount of great things he did!! So what I am trying to get at is that no matter how many times you fail as long as you are persistent enough you will gain results and it may take a while but you will get there just keep trying and give it a go. Don't be afraid to fail, fail gloriously. Hope that helped! Good Luck! :)
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Thank you everyone :) your answers made me feel a bit better, especially the last answer. Also please feel free to keep answering to this.
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I feel the same way as you! I graduate soon and I will be counseling people. I always get worried at internship that I'm going to mess up something or make the clients feel worse, but that never is the case. It's a natural anxiety or starting a job because you're been through school and training so long and now it's your time to show employers what you got and we worry. We are all humans, we make mistakes. We can learn from them and make changes. It can also be reinforcing to ask your supervisor for feedback and have some coping mechanisms to deal with stress while on the job