How to survive starting a new job

So you’ve been at your workplace for a few years now, you’ve got a really great bond with your colleagues and you enjoy your work (hopefully!), but for whatever reason you’ve chosen to move onto someplace else. How do you survive the breakup from the familiar into the brand new? 

There’s so much uncertaintly that comes with starting a new job – the probation period all over again, new people, new responsibilities and a new environment. Here’s some tips to help you not only survive, but thrive in your new role. 


First impressions

The first couple of weeks are always the hardest. You want to make a really good impression, but you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself to get it right the very first time. You need to learn and get a feel for your new workplace and how things are run – it’s guaranteed to be different to what you’re used to. Remember to be enthusiastic and make an effort to introduce yourself to your new colleagues, you’ll be seeing them everyday after all. 


Ask questions

Don’t sit there and feel like you have to know everything. Make sure you ask questions, no matter how small or trivial they may be. Asking questions helps you to better understand your new environment and get to know things quicker than sitting there and trying to figure it out for yourself. You’re new, they’ll understand and after a few weeks you won’t need to ask as many questions because you’ll start knowing and understanding the way things work. 


Don’t be afraid to speak up

Yes you may be new, but they hired you because they felt like you can contribute to the business. You want to reinforce they made the right choice so don’t be afraid to contribute and value add. You won’t know everything, but you can jump in and make suggestions in meetings and ask questions, or if you have a skill they might not know about that could help out in a situation let them know. 


Define what success is

During your first few weeks, you’ll probably have a lot of meetings and check-ins with your new manager. In these meetings, have a chat to define what mutual success looks like for you and for the business. This includes finding out what you need from each other, what resources you’ll need to do your job well and how your performance will be assessed. During your first few weeks, your boss’ insights are going to be super valuable to your learning!


Offer to help

It’s normal to have some downtime while you’re still getting settled in. You won’t have all your work straight away and it can take a month or two to reach capacity. Don’t sit around and wait for others to tell you what to do, take some initiative and figure out tasks for yourself or seek out your new colleagues that are super busy and see if there’s anything you can assist with. This will help you learn procedures and how things are done. 


But the most important thing is to not compare it to your old workplace. If you had a really good experience there, of course you’ll miss it, but you moved on for whatever reason so embrace the change! Who knows, there might be things from your old place of work that you can establish in your new workplace that will be of benefit. 


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