Is there any additional advice you have for someone starting as an associate straight from school?
Here are five I can think of -
a) Socialize with your peers, get to know them. You will need them when you go through the painful periods in your work life. Have fun during training, but don't go overboard as to give everyone a story to define you by. I still remember this one kid stumbling into training on Friday at 11 am because he was too drunk. The whole class applauded when he came in because we remember what he did the night before. He is a manager now, and that's still the first thing I think of everytime I see him.
b) Befriend your scheduling liason. Make sure he/she gets to like you. Say your thank yous, and make sure they think you appreciate what they do. If you don't, and are too curt with them, they could ship you off to a remote destination out of spite. "Hello John, We have scheduled you on an inventory 250 miles away. No, you cannot get a hotel room. Please make sure you get there by 6 am. Thanks"
c) Actively listen to what your senior wants you to do, and do it. When you're done, ask your senior what's next. Hound him or her till they run out of work for you.
d) Be responsible. Always offer to help when your senior complains. Always be prepared to do the small administrative things - copying, carrying files, coffee - do not bitch about this
e) Try and not be openly negative. If you hate your job, that's fine, internalize it or vent to your peers, not to your team. You do not want to be the one spreading negativity amongst your team.
Everyone, please feel free to chime in in the comments section to list out what I've missed.