Starting a New Job is like Welcoming a Baby into the Family
Have you just started a new job and feel a bit like a fish out of water? Are you feeling overwhelmed by everything, questioning your abilities and suitability to the job? Well, you are not alone.
Anyone starting a new job, who says that it is not one of the most stressful times of your life, must be joking, just like those people who say that a new baby is not going to change your life. As someone who has had two kids and having recently started a new job, in a new country, I can 100% concur that these two life changing events definitely rank as one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life.
Walking into your new job on that first day, full of hope, expectations and excitement is similar to walking through those hospital doors full of anticipation, knowing that in a few hours you are going to meet this wonderful bundle of joy. After a few days in your new role you start becoming familiar with your surroundings and your responsibilities, things are looking good!
Then suddenly, just when you start feeling that you’re making headway, you make your first big mistake or everything that has worked previously is no longer working and you feel like you are back at the very beginning. You start doubting yourself, wondering why none of your previous experience and skills, all the research and preparation you have done is helping you in this new role. All you can think is “why me?!”
Just when you feel like running for the hills and not looking back, try to remember these six pieces of advice, that I promise will help during those first few months in a new role:
- Do not lose sight of the reason you chose to take on this new role and join this new company.
- You went through a rigorous interview process, so the person who employed you thinks you are competent and the right person for the role.
- Everyone in the company was new at some point, so they all know how you are feeling and what you are going through, so speak up and be honest about anything that you are not sure about.
- Research, ask questions and just listen – gather as much information as you can about your new environment, what the company does, how the company operates, what your team members do and your role within the company.
- Although your emotions may be all over the show, stay positive and upbeat. No one likes a Negative Nellie.
- It will take a few months to settle into your new role and new company, so be kind to yourself and give yourself the time you need.
There will be times when you doubt your ability and you may even question your suitability for the role, but after you have made it through those first few months those doubts will all be behind you. Just like welcoming a new baby into the family, once you have gotten through the hardest part that is the beginning, you will be able to reflect smiling to yourself knowing you have made the best decision of your life. You can set off down the path of success with a spring in your step!
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Written by Robynne Mills, Senior Consultant – Accounting & Finance