This week, I started a new job in a line of work I know very little about. To say I wasn’t nervous would be a gross misrepresentation of how I was feeling and a big discredit to the reality of the human experience. I think we all come across nervousness or anxiety when making a big change in our lives. However, not all of us know how to prepare for it. Although we take comfort in knowing that others have many of the same emotions when starting a new career, we are seldom given the tips we need to navigate uncertainty. Here are five tips I put together after reflecting on my first week to help you put your new role into perspective and find personal success. Knowing these tips heading in could save you from abandoning a perfectly good opportunity or fearing change so much you don’t learn or grow from your new job.
1. Seize the Opportunity to Learn
Getting a new job, especially one in a different field, is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills and develop a more diversified network. If you approach the experience as one of learning rather than stress and uncertainty, the world becomes your oyster. In some cases, we are pushed to take and stay in positions out of necessity and fear for the wellbeing of our families. This fear can make it difficult to see how blessed we are to have these learning experiences. So if you can put these fears aside, focus on the work, and seize the opportunity to learn something new, you will be better equipped to find great success regardless of where life takes you next.
2. Trust the Process
Starting a new job can often feel like learning a new language, especially if you aren’t directly familiar with the area of work. In my experience, this can be both exciting and discouraging, leading to a lot of conflicting emotions about your new position. Although it is often easier to mistake discouragements for measures of success, don’t make up your mind about the job too quickly. Take these emotions lightly, welcome negativity as an opportunity for growth, and trust the process of being trained. Appreciate the experience of learning and continuously challenge yourself. If you trust the process and find gratitude for each step in your career, you will always be rewarded.
3. Welcome Growth & Embrace Change
Going along with the previous tip, welcome growth and embrace change. It’s all part of the process of getting a new job! In order to refine ourselves, we have to be willing to take risks and create change in our lives. Although it can be scary to dive deep into murky waters, try to see change as an opportunity for self-improvement. Comfort zones don’t produce the results we seek in our lives. An African proverb I learned while living in South Africa sums this up perfectly: “To get lost is to learn the way.” When we broaden our horizons, we create clarity and attract growth. You never know; the treasure you are looking for could be only a few wrong turns away. Embrace the uncertainty change brings, trek through murky waters, and grow from the experience to maximize personal success.
4. Come Slightly Overdressed
Although dress codes differ drastically across companies, it’s always a good idea to come slightly overdressed a least for the first few days. Not only does it convey a sense of professionalism to your new employer, it also sets a good intention for yourself to be put together and forward thinking with your new career. Once you know the preferences of your employer, you can experiment a little with how you will accomplish that intention but it’s good to, as they say, “dress for the job you want” until those preferences become clear. Look for posts on getting dressed stylishly and comfortably for our high-tech work world coming soon on this blog!
5. Consider Investing in Computer Glasses
My final tip is one I am greatly considering for myself, as my new job involves extensive and prolonged use of a computer. Being in the Information Age where technology is becoming more and more prevalent in the workplace, it’s unlikely you will be doing work without a computer at some point during your day. It’s even more unlikely that you aren’t staring at a phone screen while out of office for countless hours a day so it’s important to find ways to protect your eyesight.
Computer glasses are designed to filter harmful blue light emitted from digital displays while reducing glare and slightly magnifying screens viewed at close distances. All this technology helps reduce digital eye strain and adverse effects caused by high exposure to blue light displays such as headaches, brain fog, and sleep disorders. The glasses I am considering are from Felix Gray and come in a multitude of fashionable frames that can be upgraded to include prescription lenses for people who are not blessed with 20/20 vision like me. You can get more detailed information about the technology they use in their lenses by navigating to Lens Technology. Digital eye strain is plaguing our world and is only increasing as technology continues to develop. This is reality we have to accept so adapt to the changing times and consider purchasing computer glasses. Look out for a review of the glasses I select in the coming weeks!
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