Our experiences within our working environment create our feelings concerning it. If you’ve had a wonderful experience and connected with your colleagues on a personal level as well as professionally, it can be a really great place to be. On the other hand, if you’ve had a terrible experience, you may feel as though you are already detached and wishing for a brighter experience but the people may have been a saving grace.
The key to manoeuvring into a new role positively is to be open to the change that is coming. Professionally and personally.
1. Be open to the change. Accept the change and allow the change.
To enable change to come into your life, to accept it and to move with it is not as easy as writing about it is, that’s for sure. How on earth do you practically become ‘open’? Being open is entirely derivative of your mental state. If you’re thinking about your new environment negatively, if you’re finding the problems or the hardships within the experience, you will fight the change and the change will then whip you off your feet and throw you into a muddle because even if you don’t go to the job or you feel like it’s not what you actually want as the change starts, any choice you make in life creates change and this is movement in itself. You may want to accept and let go of old habits and routines and rely on new ideas, new ways of spending your time and new relationships. Your environment is what you make of it.
2. Immerse yourself in your environment.
Your professional experience depends entirely on your outlook and willingness to engage. Maybe you don’t feel as though you want to engage, but judging on you reading this, I would assume the opposite. Engagement can happen in many different ways. Smaller engagements such as acknowledging those around you can be a great introduction into a wider community. Larger engagements such as attending events or meetings that you are interested in will enable you to meet people with similar interests. Feel scary? Learn from those around you. Observe how others use their coping mechanisms for their survival in those scary scenarios. You are not alone, but thinking you are will always limit your experience.
3. Focus on your self development – what do you want to achieve here?
Your self development, if you’re anything like me, will be what encourages you to make changes and be willing to leave your current role and enter new job roles. When you’ve got a new job, you may feel like your self development naturally will progress. It will. For a short while. You then need to ensure you’re taking steps to get where you want. Maybe you’re wanting to step into management or get a taster. Communicate that, if you can, to your manager. Ask about the opportunities for progression. Maybe you want to get skills in a certain area, such as leading meetings or maybe just going to a meeting. Ask if you can assist them in their next meeting. You’ll learn just from being involved in the situation.
4. Get to know people around you.
There are few things more important than contacts when you’re working in a corporate environment or large organisation. Every person is doing a job that you could learn from, or who could learn from you. Not only will it make going to work feel that much easier by becoming friendly with people, it will also open up opportunities for you. You may find that your contacts invite you into situations whereby you can learn important skills. And it’s those skills that enable you to go for future rolls and make huge steps in your career.
5. Have a professional plan. Always.
I would sit down and make a list of professional achievements I want to make in the following 6 months, then work towards them. At the moment I’d say that in the next 6 months I want to:
- Become more engaged in the face-to-face aspects of my role. I’m confident in my job, what I want to feel more confident in though, is discussing my job with every-one. Often, a huge part of our jobs is selling what we do. Whether that’s actually selling, or indirectly selling it by discussing it at events or at meetings, or even simply with those around you.