It’s hard leaving a job and a sector that you know well. Going from being a relative expert to a newbie takes adjustment.
I am one month into the new role, and this is what I have learnt so far about jumping sector.
Believe in yourself
Even if you feel like a duck out of water, remember that there’s a reason why they employed you. Your skills are transferable, honest. Fret not.
First impressions really do count. Yes, people will say we should have a firm yet friendly handshake, but just being sincere and warm goes a long way. Enthusiasm begins with a smile. Don’t wait for colleagues to introduce themselves. Take the initiative and say hello, or, at the very least, catch people’s eyes and give them a grin.
No-one likes a know it all
Do not keep mentioning what you did in your old job. Nothing will annoy colleagues quite like it.
No-one expects you to know everything. Ask your colleagues. No question is too stupid. Besides, people like to help. Give your new colleagues the opportunity to help you out.
Agree to nothing
Ok, so perhaps that’s a bit dramatic – but before you know the bigger picture it can be difficult to make promises. If, as in my case, the position has been vacant for a period of time, every-man and their dog will have a long list of projects that need funding. Listen, ask questions and tell them you’ll let them know. Promising the earth on day one will make a very large rod for your back.
Use this blog
Now I’m in a new role, I can’t tell you how much I’m drawing on the wisdom of my fellow Collectivists. I’m in at the deep end with Trust funding, so have been reading this post here , am trying to draw together several versions of a Case for Support and have gone from being in a team of 50 to being a one man band. What a wealth of expertise I have access to – thanks guys.
Finally, and most crucially
Make the tea
This is definitely how to make friends and influence people.
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I'll put the kettle on