The new career position that I have recently taken on has been no easy transition. I’ve had many different jobs over the past few years, & I think that it is safe to say that this is the first that I would consider to be “professional”. In every, single, aspect. It’s intimidating. I even know the secret, I’m just having a hard time mastering it. It’s purely confidence, really, it is. I’m having a hard time making the words that come out of my mouth, sound like the words that are floating in my head, & I doubt myself. I’ll get the hang of it, but in the meantime here’s a few things that I have learned over the past couple of weeks while adjusting to my new professional position.
1. Don’t go in expecting to be “top dog” right off the bat. If you catch on quickly, that’s great! But I’ve assumed that my new position was going to be quite similar do what I was previously doing, therefore assuming I was immediately going to reach goals & numbers. Man, was that a discouraging slap in the face. I’ve come to realize, that it is going to take some time & that it’s going to be tough at first. Give yourself time to learn the ropes & adjust to your new position accordingly.
2. Get to know your coworkers. Ask them about their experience when they first started. How smooth was their transition? Did they have a hard time? Their stories may be comforting & even encouraging. Listen & observe them every chance you get. Some of their tactics & habits may also work for you, give it a try. Most importantly, if you have questions about how you might be able to do something better, a coworker might have a less intimidating answer than your manager.
3. Your manager is not being mean. They may be scary & intimidating, & their tone of voice might be slightly misleading, but when it comes down to it, they are just doing their job. Truth be told, they want to see you succeed. Not only to promote the company, but also to help you be comfortable in your position in the long run.
4. Don’t take everything to heart. Had a hard day? Walking back to your car, leave it in the parking lot. Don’t carry your stress home with you, don’t dwell on it when you clock in the next morning. Unless it’s something that you ethically need to report to your manager obviously, but each day is a new one & the only direction to go is up. If you were discouraged the day before, leave it alone & do better the next time. You know you got this.
5. Bring a notebook with you to work & document how your day is going so far on your lunch break. Then when you write a blog post about it when you get home, you can review those days weeks or months later & realize how far you’ve come in that time period. Eventually, it’ll either be a good laugh or a good confidence boost, which either way sounds like a good story to me!