Coping with the first months of a new job


Joining a new organisation? Along with the excitement that is attached to a new job is the apprehension over liking the new role, fitting well with the company’s culture, etc. Here are some tips to ease the transition process.

You’ve just taken the first steps into a new organization – a step that you have been waiting for quite some time now. The excitement of a new role, the ladder to bigger promotions and career advancement is understandable, but take a breath, slow down and tread carefully.

The initial months are also the most crucial in determining how you integrate with the new organisation’s set up. You do not want over enthusiasm to trip you over own shoes and neither would you want an extra cautious approach to hinder you from giving the role your best. Here are some tips on making the entry a smooth process:

  • Getting started – Your work responsibilities are well laid out and you can’t wait to get started. However, don’t go on the over drive and rush into things. Start slowly, gain understanding of your work, your work environment; get to know your co-workers and establish a connection with those you will be associated with through work to comprehend the work dynamics of the organisation. Make sure you have open channels of communication with your boss in order that you understand the expectations that rest from the job vacancy you are filling.
  • Settling in – Once you are clear about the job responsibilities that fall in your jurisdiction and begin to comfortably handle the same, you can start to think beyond mere performing the baseline tasks, and rather try thinking beyond your functional area. This is the phase of value addition and bringing one’s individual thoughts and expertise to a task, and involving oneself in the ‘how’s’ and ‘whys’ of projects.
  • Have your goals in place – Regardless of the capacity you join an organization in – an individual player, team member or a leader – have clear cut vision for yourself in the new organization. Your present job responsibilities must be a step in the direction of your personal career growth and your future growth prospects within the new company must again be aligned with your career goals. Zero ambiguity between what you do and what you aspire to do will help in maintaining the sense of purpose and connect with your work.
  • Maintain balance – The initial couple of months are marked with enthusiasm to pitch in more than the required quota, go the extra mile to prove one’s mettle, and achieve great results. However, it is equally important to maintain balance between life at work and outside. If one treads recklessly, one is bound to encounter burnout at some point in time and result in decreased productivity and maybe even motivation – the very deeds that one had initially set out to achieve.

Changing jobs is a big milestone in one’s career path and is done with the purpose of career progression. Joining a new organisation is like sowing a seed that with the length of one’s tenure and supplements of effort grows into a tree that bears rich dividends. So stand tall to the initial winds of change that you are likely to face, and let your work and time allow for a smooth transition from a new to a regular employee.


eStudents Guide: Coping with the first months of a new job
Coping with the first months of a new job
eStudents Guide
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