Whether young or old, experienced or novice, starting a new job can be a daunting prospect. It doesn’t matter if you’re simply making a move within the same industry, every company approaches things differently meaning that there’s always something new to learn. If you are experienced in the world of work you should always call on the knowledge you’ve built up over the years, but it’s also good to channel the feelings you had when starting that very first job. It will help you to enter your new surrounding with a completely open mind and ready to accept the challenges ahead.
But, how do you go about it?
- Do your own research – Although many companies offer a formal induction programme they are likely to be a one size fits all process with the content, formality, depth and thoughtfulness varying greatly. Think about stepping beyond the standard induction and conducting some of your own research. If there are customers involved in your new role select a few to visit and get a feel for how your business affects theirs. If there are any areas of the business that you feel you need more information on, strive to find out about them. If you ask to do things not covered on induction, but likely to help you in your job, it’s unlikely the answer will be no.
- Be sociable – Put some time in to meet your new colleagues and get a feel for the company through its people. Formal facts and figures are fine in themselves but don’t always uncover the culture that exists in a business or the mechanics that drive it on. Make it your duty to be informed, don’t wait for information to come your way, actively seek it out.
- Be sure of your role – Although induction should provide you with much of the background you need to move forward, make sure you fully understand all the elements that will affect your own position. If that means going into more detail then do so. Showing interest and a willingness to learn, whatever your background is an excellent trait.
- Take time to settle – At least at first! If you’ve moved within the industry don’t assume that you’ll walk straight in and change the world. Showing new colleagues that you understand the business but that you’re keen to embrace a new culture will help you to settle. Especially if you’re entering a position where people are expecting a new broom to come in and sweep clean. It may be that you immediately see things that are ripe for change but it’s good practice to understand why they may not have changed already.
- Enjoy it – Try and go beyond the fear and enjoy the experience that a job change can bring. In any business there will be some fantastic and stimulating people to interact with and, as long as you’re prepared to enter into the spirit, making new connections and developing new relationships can be a fun and rewarding process. Channeling the excitement and apprehension you felt on starting your first role is a great way to begin.