Starting a new job can be intimidating. Whether you working on or off campus part time, ready to start your new summer job, or are waiting for graduation to begin working full time navigating a new environment can be difficult. Check out our tips below for navigating a new job successfully.
- Mentally prepare yourself for working in a new environment. New environments can be intimidating and often make people feel anxious, but they are also exciting! Feeling uncertain is a normal part of the process and any fears you have will subside once you become more comfortable at your new job. If you are feeling anxious try journaling or coming up with conversation starters to try out on your new coworkers. If you have trouble remembering people’s names, memorize the names of the people you met during your interview process. If you have trouble getting out the door in the morning, make breakfast and set out your clothes the night before or set your alarm earlier. Do whatever you need to do to feel more prepared.
- Keep an opened mind, especially if you aren’t sure what to expect. Being open minded can help to give you better expectations of your job and improve your relationships with future coworkers. Waiting to pass judgements can also help you understanding your role within the company and the company’s culture, ultimately making the transition easier for you.
- Ask questions! You definitely don’t want any of your new colleagues to think they made a mistake when hiring you. You want to show that you are competent and have everything under control. This often leads people to not ask a lot of questions, but just remember that your boss and coworkers are much more understanding thank you may think. In any new job, questions are expected. Asking questions shows your supervisor and coworkers that you take initiative and want to do your best.
- Be professional. You don’t want to come off as too casual, especially to your boss or coworkers as this could lead them to taking you less seriously. This usually means different things at different companies, so if you aren’t sure what is appropriate, pay attention to the colleagues around you and err on the side of caution.
- Be respectful. Your colleagues may have more experience than you and likely have procedures already in place. Getting used to this new system may be difficult, but it’s important to ask questions and gain an understanding, especially if there are different levels projects need to go through to be approved. This will help you to more quickly adjust and to not step on anyone’s toes in the process.
- Communicate. If you need extra guidance, help on a project, or aren’t sure who to direct questions to, always ask your supervisor or coworkers. Keep your boss or other team mates up to date on what you are working on to ensure everyone is on the same page. Not only will this help to create a positive relationship, but it will also dramatically decrease the probability of communication problems in the future.
- You got this! Eventually you’ll get used to your new work environment and become more confident in your work and yourself. Remember every job is a new learning experience and even the easiest jobs teach you valuable skills which can be transferable to any industry.