5 Tips For Starting A New Job

Starting a new job can feel daunting. Even after going through an interview process and researching the company as much possible, there’s still no real way to know how you will feel until you step through those doors and get stuck into it.

Over the last year, I’ve started 2 new jobs since graduating and it’s really made me think about what kind of mindset is most successful when going into a new working environment. These tips are aimed mostly at those that are just starting out in their career, but I hope it will be relevant/helpful for anyone of any age too.


Embrace Criticism

When I started my first job after graduating, I wanted everything to be perfect. It’s easy to fall into the trap of spending hours creating a flawless piece of content, but that’s unrealistic and time doesn’t always allow for it. The truth is that when you’re starting something new, it’s inevitable you will make mistakes. We all have to learn to receive feedback and, most importantly, act on it. So if you feel like you’re a little vulnerable to criticism, practice building a harder outer shell before landing a job, because people will always input opinions on how you can do something differently – they’re not attacking you as a person; they want to help you and support your professional growth.

Ask LOTS Of Questions

This is something I found a little more difficult when starting new jobs. I always feel like I’m bothering people if I ask too many questions, but in fact it’s the only way to learn and to fully understand the role and what is expected of you. It doesn’t mean you’re incapable if you’re asking for help – it just means you are willing to learn the right way of doing things. And if you stay quiet, how is there any room for improvement?

Have Confidence In Your Ability

I would bet that this is one of the defining factors when it comes to job interviews. If you don’t believe you can do it, then those around you won’t believe it either. I’ve struggled, especially during remote working, with doubting my ability and questioning the value I give to a company – it’s easy to do when you’re so far removed from the people you are working with. It felt like I hadn’t fully integrated into the working world yet, but I’m finding that being in the office is helping a lot more with that.

Have faith in what you can do and believe you are capable of doing great things. You may not be great at everything and you may not have the same qualities as the colleagues around you, but that’s why you were hired – because your unique qualities are needed. We all worry sometimes that we’re not doing something well, but remember to back yourself, always.

Speak To Everyone (If You Can!)

When entering a company as a newbie, you may feel like a bit of an outsider, but the more people you speak with, the easier it is to integrate. From a working perspective, it can be useful to chat to all the managers and directors of different areas of the company when you first join, such as Sales, Marketing, HR. They can give you an overview of what they and their team do, which gives you a great all-rounded view of how everything slots together to deliver the end result. Plus, you never know when you’ll need to collaborate on a future project!

Don’t Forget To Have Fun!

Getting a new job and integrating yourself within a new company is always going to involve hard work, but don’t forget to enjoy it too! The average human spends 35 hours a week at work, so make the most of it. There’s always going to be elements of a job that you find tricky or don’t particularly like, but treasure those parts that you really feel passionate and excited about, because those are the parts that make it worthwhile.

I hope you found this post useful if you’re starting a new job, or can relate to some of these points based on past experiences.

What would be your No.1 piece of advice for starting a new job?

Let me know in the comments below.


5 Things I’m Grateful For This August (2020)

Here’s my monthly gratitude reflection!

Going to a Bookshop

This month, for the first time since before lockdown, I went to a bookshop! As I’ve mentioned a couple times before, I fell back in love with reading this year, after having a love-hate relationship with it during studying English at university, so it was super lovely to actually go back into a store and surround myself with so many wonderful stories that have found a way to be heard.

In my overwhelming excitement, I ended up purchasing 5 new books (I had a book token, that’s my excuse) and I’m halfway through The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and absolutely loving it! I’m grateful to have so many amazing stories to read.

Starting a New Job

Since graduating university this year, I’ve been spending lots of time applying to tons of jobs. It’s one of those times where everything feels in limbo, and you have to keep a positive mindset and not let all the rejections get to you!

After following up on an application, I got invited to an interview (and subsequent case study work) and was afterwards offered a place! It was a very surreal moment, to feel as though finally all my efforts had got me somewhere, and I’m super thrilled to be working in marketing which was my goal!

I’m really grateful for this opportunity because, not only has it given me the challenges I need to grow my career and as a person, it’s also inadvertently helped me create a better work/life balance. I feel like at university, the week and the weekends would merge into one and I felt guilty when I wasn’t studying, but having set hours of work is helping me truly relax out of hours.

Prioritising Self-Care

As mentioned in the paragraph above, I’ve been finding it easier to give myself relaxation time this month and it’s been a really nice feeling! I often tell myself I need to be productive all the time, and I think when I was job hunting I felt like I had to be applying 24/7, but this month I feel like I’ve let myself have the time out that I deserve and I’ve enjoyed having restful moments!

As some of you may have already seen, I recently created a Self-Care Jar, with my 10 favourite self-care activities. I’m planning on picking out an activity every weekend to remind myself to do something beneficial for my health and wellbeing. I’ll be sharing the activity over on my Instagram story at @mymindspeaksaloud if you are interested in taking part too!

Learning New Things

I feel like this month has been a huge month of learning, and I love it! Even though official education is over for me now, I don’t think learning ever stops. Learning is what keeps the mind active and alert and I hope it is something I make sure to practice throughout the rest of my life, in whatever way feels fit.

This month I have learnt a new song on the piano (Exile by Taylor Swift ft Bon Iver). I participated in an online Screenwriting Course with my brother where we learnt about the 10 finger pitch and read lots of cool scripts! I learnt how to work within my new job role, and I learnt more about my diet and health (I’m apparently intolerant to milk!). I think it’s super exciting learning new things and, as I’m writing this, I’m kind of realising it’s one of the things that drives me forward in life. I don’t know what I would be without it. So, for that, I’m thankful.

Writing

Because writing has been something I’ve participated in since I was around 13 (both in a creative and academic sense) I often don’t give it much thought. I sometimes overlook it as a quality because it seems so ingrained into who I am as a person. However, I feel like this month I realised how important writing is for applications, jobs, as a hobby in itself. I’m grateful that it’s something that resonated with me at a young age and encouraged me to pursue the direction in life that I took. I wouldn’t be here, writing this blog, if it didn’t mean something to me, and I’m really happy about that.

What are you grateful for this month?

Let me know in the comments.


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