Having worked so hard through the application process to then nailing the interview, it is the best feeling in the world to finally get offered the position you wanted. You’re bound to be excited to get started. Yet the first few weeks in a new job can often bring a new set of challenges that you haven’t necessarily planned for. With the help of these tips, you’ll be settling into your new role in no time.
As the newest recruit in the workplace, you’re bound to feel apprehensive. Every tiny task that you struggle with can have you feeling that you don’t belong in your new role. Try to remember that every new job requires a degree of building up new skills. Have faith in your abilities and focus on the things you do well. Try not to take criticism personally but use it to further yourself.
2. Being the ‘newbie’
This does not mean that you are the only person asking questions. Being inquisitive and making connections in those first few weeks is a part of every new role. Not feeling part of the team will not last forever. Make an effort to integrate with those around you. Join in conversations and speak up at meetings if you feel you have something to say.
If this is your first foray into the world of work, getting used to the routine of the working week can take some time. The intensity of being surrounded by new people and getting to know new ways of working can leave you feeling exhausted after only a few hours. Be sure to establish healthy habits. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Make time for lunch and get enough sleep as you‘ll feel the difference during the day.
That first day at your new job when you are introduced to dozens of new faces and trying to remember names and roles can be overwhelming. Simply take it a step at a time; no one is going to reprimand you for forgetting a name. There can be a lot of information to take in but you shouldn’t feel pressure to remember everything straight away as it will soon become second nature to you.
If this is the job for you, no doubt you will be very excited to be in the role you wanted. Take opportunities to learn new skills, savour the experiences you have
, and think about the bigger picture in terms of how it all adds to your career. Savour the feeling of doing the thing that makes you tick – you have earned this role so you should enjoy it.
A new job means a new workload – and as you adjust to the demands of your role, you might find yourself struggling to prioritise tasks. Get on top of this at the start – organise your tasks in order of importance and don’t be afraid to discuss with your line manager if you are feeling snowed under.
7. The need to prove yourself
It’s only natural that you should want to make a good impression on your new colleagues.The best thing to do is be yourself – you are being judged on your quality of work
, and not how late you stayed in the office after hours. Putting everything into your new job and learning from your mistakes is key to making a good impression.
Settling into a new role within a new environment can be nerve-wracking. But these issues shouldn’t get in the way of you simply enjoying your new role. With the fun of having new colleagues, challenges and opportunities on the horizon, make sure that you enjoy every minute.
Last updated on 8 February 2021Share this article