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Hi all I’m meeting my supervisor/coworkers at a happy hour for the first time later this week after starting my first job post college completely virtual. I’m feeling pretty nervous about it since social situations/meeting new people were always hard for me even before COVID. Does anyone have any advice to help with this?

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What may help is that these sort of outings were pretty frequent and casual pre-Covid! I completely understand why you would be nervous, but considering that it’s one of many for them may help. Maybe think through some topics before hand? These can be work related (any questions you think would be better in person) or not (what’s everyone watching these days?) My dad gave me the career tip to ask people about their kids - and it’s truly great advice. People LOVE talking about their children, can go on forever and are always delighted you asked. Good luck!

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You’ll do great! AM1 had great advice. Just be yourself, ask questions about others, and enjoy! I always observe a lot more (vs chatty) the first time I’m meeting a new group. Also- just don’t drink too much (2 max, have water in between) even to calm your nerves. Eat something beforehand! Don’t want to get messy the first time you meet the team!

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Super good point on limiting drinks!

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I always repeat to myself: people are just people. They’re probably going to feel nervous having had little social interactions in the last year, too! Or they’ll be thinking about how they look in the clothes that once fit perfectly, or if anyone notices their acne, or any series of fears people have coming out of a pandemic and looking/ living differently from when their peers last saw them. Take a deep breath each time you get nervous and remember you’re likely not the only one who is nervous/ anxious! Just smile and be positive/ friendly and you’ll make a great impression!! Your work probably speaks for itself and you have the job: you’ve already gained their respect. Another thing to remember is these are your coworkers, and you don’t need to impress them so much that they become your best friends. You can keep vivid or intimate details of your life close to your chest, and you don’t need to entertain anyone! Seconding advice about drinking: take it slow, even if others aren’t. 2 drink max, sip slowly and get water and food with them. I’ve gotten way too tipsy trying to keep up with coworkers (unfortunately on too many occasions) and it‘s where my social workplace anxiety stems. Otherwise, try to have fun! Scout out who seems like the person you want to sit near in the office and get to know the non-work sides of the people you’ll spend so many hours of your week working with :)

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You can also ask if they have pets! A lot of people got pets during the pandemic and I feel like it’s a great way to connect with people, especially if you don’t have kids yourself

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