You have landed a new job congratulations! How do you shorten the learning curve and make it easier to transition into your new position?
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
First, you want to be open to learning from others, especially those senior employees who have been there for a while. Let them show you the ropes, ask them questions about best practices and what’s been done before. Be willing to not only give new ideas, but also to listen to them and learn from what has happened prior to your arrival.
Second, I suggest that you find a mentor. Your company may or may not have a formal program for mentorship. If it does, take advantage of it! If not, keep an eye out for someone either within your company or outside (both can be beneficial) who can and is willing to help you with your career development. Take some time to get to know a few people and then ask them if they’re willing. You only need 1 or 2 mentors at the most. Be professional and mindful of how much time they can reasonably give.
Finally, be patient with yourself. Realize that you won’t learn the ropes overnight, and that is normal. Just because a new job or role is a little stressful at the beginning doesn’t mean it’s the wrong fit. It’s part of the deal and will get better.
Atlanta Career Coach
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