Advice as you begin a new job
There are certain challenges associated with starting a new job. It can be overwhelming to learn and adapt to new responsibilities and duties, create new relationships and familiarise yourself with new cultures all at once.
It is however important to recognise that you’ve made a career move on objective grounds – you’ve moved to a new role and challenge that will yield benefits on a professional and personal level, but it is unrealistic to expect to realise all of the benefits straight away.
Nerve and feeling uncomfortable
Be mindful that if you’re nervous, it will pass. As you enter new situations you may feel uncomfortable, for example, when encountering new people, policies, environment, politics, community etc. All you need to do is remember that these nerves will fade away and you should look forward to the satisfaction you’ll feel in handling these challenges. When entering any new work environment you’ll need to understand the strategic goals for both your department and the practice in general. You’ll then need to understand how your role impacts on delivering on the goals.
First day plan
In working to reap the benefits of taking your new role, you must acknowledge that how you start a job has a significant impact in shaping your future. Many Human Resources leaders comment that too many people depend on their employer to create the plan for their first month on the job, which is fine in the broader picture, but it should not be the only plan that you follow.
Starting on your first day, or even before you start, you can begin the process of taking control of your own destiny and shaping your job to meet your needs and not just your employer’s or partners.
30,60 and 90 day planning
Taking the time to carefully think about and plan your first 30, 60 and 90 days in the job as incremental steps will help you decrease the stress that many people can experience when starting a new position and will give you focus when settling in. Your 30/60/90 day plan should be documented in a spreadsheet or word document and include the key tasks, projects, and initiatives you need to complete, prioritised over your first 90 days on the job.
Where applicable, it is a good idea to share your plan with your manager to ensure s/he shares the same performance expectations and relevant timelines/deadlines. Devising such a plan will also help you earn respect and credibility faster, and, ensure you become as efficient and effective as possible in the shortest amount of time. By utilising such a plan you’ll soon be enjoying the new challenges and benefits offered in your new role – you can make it happen!