MY SECRET TO SURVIVING WEEK 1 AT A NEW JOB
It can be just as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. However, starting a new job can mean so many things. New beginnings, a higher position, a step on the ladder to success, or just a change. Regardless the reason, it's never any easier. Meeting new faces, learning new names, change in atmosphere, and most importantly re-learning everything you know. You can have the same job in a different place or for a different client and suddenly, you can feel as if you know nothing.
The fundamentals and basic knowledge of an industry are universal but the little details are never the same. Week 1 will always hit you the hardest because you will truly understand how different this position is going to be. You may like it, you may love it, and you might just hate it.
Day 1 is never going to be a great day. It will be overwhelming, it will be new, it will be hard, and it will open your eyes to something new and a new way of doing things. You might have to change everything you've done - BUT you might be able to incorporate what you know to this new team.
Now here are a few things to keep in mind.
MINDSET IS EVERYTHING
Go into work ready for what the day might hold. There will be conversations you feel clueless in, meetings you won't understand a word, and tasks that you will do without knowing the account. Make yourself prepared for whatever the day will hold and don't let it stress you out...too much.
SOAK IT ALL IN
Take your first day and let it all set in. Take in as much information as you can and start to understand what a day in the life of your role is going to look like. Get an idea of exactly what your roles and responsibilities are going to include.
TAKE NOTES, TONS OF NOTES
ALWAYS take notes. I promise you won't remember everything and you will need to look back and reference how to do something or what exactly it is the team needs you to do.
UNDERSTAND THAT THINGS ARE DIFFERENT
Most importantly, go in with the understanding that everything is going to be different. You are going to need to adjust to your new company, your new team, and your new job. The clients will be different, the tasks will be different, and even the atmosphere is going to be different. Don't let this scare you though, embrace it and understand that it is not going to be the same. BUT that doesn't mean it is going to be bad.
OUTSIDE OF WORK
Treat yourself more than ever this week. Once the days are done, go home and do whatever it is that brings you peace. Whether it is soaking in a bath with your favorite bath bomb, turning on Netflix with a nice glass of wine, or snuggling up to the love of your life. Whatever your THING might be, do it more than ever this week and take care of yourself. You will be stressed more than ever, you will need it.
TAKE IT EASY
Don't over extend yourself. This week and even the next, keep your YOU time and try not to make too many plans. Don't commit to dinners or drinks if you don't want to and learn that this week is the week of NO. If you're tired, relax and keep to yourself. There is nothing wrong with letting yourself adjust and not needing to hangout with friends or even family during this week.
Until Next Time,