After completing a hands-on dental assisting program, you’ll have all the skills and knowledge you need to jump into the workforce. Starting a new career in an environment that you’re not familiar with can stir up a lot of anxiety and nerves. Just remember, don’t underestimate yourself, you’re well-prepared, and you got this! On your first day at the practice, you can expect to make several adjustments to the office and your new coworkers. Here are six things you can expect to experience while working at your new dental assisting job.
1. Making a Good First Impression On Your Coworkers
Because this is your first day on the job at your new career, it can feel especially important to create a good first impression on all of your coworkers. You can do this by showing that you’re a proactive, hard worker. Remember, you’ve got the knowledge and training you need from attending dental assisting school, and you’re ready for this!
2. Working Out the Kinks in Your Morning Routine
With your new job location and if you moved, a new neighborhood to navigate, you’ll need to establish a morning routine that will get you where you need to be on-time. It’s better to arrive early on your first day than late, so set your alarm and brace yourself for traffic. The key to this is to plan out your route in advance so you’re not nervous as soon as you wake up.
3. Learning the Preferences of The Dentist
Each dentist is different, so to help the office run effectively and efficiently, you’ll need to spend some time learning their preferences. This is something that will come from working with them over time, so don’t worry if you don’t catch on right away!
4. Connecting With New Patients
One of the reasons you probably got into dental assisting in the first place is to connect with new people every day on the job. On your first day, you can look forward to meeting new patients and building a foundation for long-lasting relationships.
5. Remembering Your Coworkers Names
As soon as you get to the office, you’ll probably get a tour and to meet all of your new coworkers. If it’s a larger practice, it’ll take some time to remember everyone’s names, especially in addition to patients’ names! Don’t worry about having to ask a few times before it finally sticks in your memory.
6. Steering Clear of Office Cliques
Being fresh out of dental assisting school, it’s easy to feel like the bottom of the totem pole. Plus, you won’t know a lot of the inside jokes and stories that the staff likes to share, especially if they’ve been working together for a long time. Remember to just be yourself and focus on providing high-quality patient care, and everything else will fall into place!
About the School
A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office takes pride in making our program accessible to all students. That’s why we offer day and night classes along with tuition payment plans individually designed with each student in mind. Our students receive hands-on experience from highly trained and passionate dental professionals that prepares them for their first job after they graduate from their program. For questions about enrollment or tuition, visit our website or call 480-457-8330.