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  • Letty W.

Starting a New Job

The first few months of a new role for me is always overwhelming, albeit a positive type of stress. Here are some tips on how to navigate this unnerving time.

  1. Make time for things you enjoy no matter how busy you are.

  2. Have a back-up plan to reassure yourself that you will be fine no matter what happens.

  3. Don't be too harsh on yourself, remember you are brand new to this and it takes time.

  4. Locate gaps in skills and create an action plan to address them.

  5. When you are stuck on something you can't figure out, Google is your friend, and if you can't find the answer, reach out to connections you've made for help.

  6. Ensure that you have the tools you need to succeed, whether it's a personal investment or letting your boss know what you require.

  7. Keep a spreadsheet of everything new you've learned and would like to learn.

  8. Maintain an ongoing resource document of useful materials you come across on your Google search, such as a link to a free photo editing service you would need to use regularly.

  9. Review your progress in a few months of time to see where you are at, whether you feel the same or even a little better about the grasp you have on the new subject matter.

  10. Share your feelings with trusted contacts - friends could also be starting a new role at the same time as you or remind you of how it was like for them when it happened in the past.

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