Starting a new job can be daunting. According to the behavioral and cognitive psychologist, Dr. Shane Owens anxiety should be expected when undertaking any new experience, and first-day worries are natural.
However, there are things you can do to help you stay calm on your first day in a new career. Here are five suggestions that will make your first day, a little less daunting.
Prepare The Night Before
Remember when you were at school, and you would pack your bag the night before the new term. You might have even laid your clothes out, ready to be put on, and planned your route in your head. This is all good practice we should carry on into adulthood. Mentally rehearsing and imagining how your day might go, helps you to plan it out and stay calm if something unexpected (like a traffic jam or a canceled train) might happen.
By preparing for your day ahead you are taking time to consider choices rather than having to rush through each choice in the morning when your brain is waking up. Once you have laid out your clothes and prepared your router, try to wind down to get a good night’s sleep.
Research Your Role
Preparation isn’t all about the practical things like what you will wear. Some bigger preparatory thoughts can be done in the weeks leading up to day one. Take time to re-read the job description and your application. This will help remind you of what is expected and what you are hoping to bring to the table.
It is very easy to go in, trying to work as hard as you can to demonstrate that your bosses hired the right person. But if you consistently stay at that pace you will burn out, and productivity will fall. Take breaks, they are vital for rejuvenating you and helping you to remain focused. At the end of the day, try to leave your work at the desk and take your mind off it, so you can fully unwind in the evening, replenished for the next day. A gentle way to unwind is with CBD oil. There are good resources on the internet discussing What is CBD and its benefits.
Your colleagues will have the experience to share. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Even simple questions like where the best cup of coffee can be found, could trigger a conversation and help you build your professional relationships. Asking for advice on the first few days also demonstrates that you value their contributions and experience.
Don’t Expect Too Much
The adage, Rome wasn’t built in a day, is very true when it comes to a new job. Do not expect to understand everything immediately. Some things will come to you quickly, but others may take some time. Try not to rush but instead slowly build up your skills. Any good employer will give you time to learn the ropes and will be happy to see you take the role and adapt it to your strengths. Remember, taking the time to master your tasks is better than speeding through them but not being satisfied with the results.