What are the biggest challenges you will face in the first year of your career
What challenges will you come across as you take your first step onto the career ladder.Even after years of climbing the career ladder starting a new job is a daunting experience for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned executive or this is your first post the problems that you encounter when you start a new job are almost always the same. The difference is in knowing how to deal with them.
It’s impossible to start a new job without suffering from information overload. New names, procedures, passwords and building can leave you feeling burnt out quickly. There are a few important things to remember. Firstly, make it your prerogative to carry a little notebook with you wherever you go to take notes. Write down the names of people and their jobs. Your passwords for any systems you have to use. Procedures and to do lists. Also, remember there is no shame in asking for help when you need it. It is always better to ask for some help at the beginning than struggle and do things wrong. It doesn’t mean you are weak – it means you are new!
Starting a new job means that you are going to meet a lot of new people and, just like the first day at school, you are going to be the “newbie.” It can be challenging to know how to navigate the social minefields. People may take time to warm to you, and you shouldn’t take it personally. When you are invited to socialise with your new colleagues make sure you participate (it will be appreciated) but make sure that you don’t get drawn into any office gossip. It is advisable to stay as neutral as possible, at least in the beginning.
Remember to believe in yourself and your abilities. Often overcoming your fears and self-doubt can be the biggest challenge in a new job, especially if it is your first. Remember that they hired you for a reason! Keep focused on the end goal, and you will be settled in in no time!