When I was a little girl, my father once told me, “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Finding a job that you love as a young adult can be difficult. Some find it at a young age and I think that’s great. For others, the search for that perfect job that fulfills you, pays the bills and offers good benefits isn’t so easy. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lot of trial-and-error experiences, and if you’re not careful, you may do a lot of “job hopping,” which doesn’t always look great on a resume. Not that you should keep a job you don’t enjoy; you shouldn’t. And some opportunities are just too good to pass up.
Such an opportunity presented itself to me, and I took it. Those of you who know me have already heard this news, but I’ll say it again: I got a new job.
(Don’t worry, loyal fans. I’ll still be able to write my column. My day job is just going to be different.)
Starting a new job can be a terrifying endeavor. Meeting new people, taking on new duties and responsibilities, and learning many new things can be both mentally and emotionally exhausting. It can also be fun and exciting.
Here are some things I’ve learned while transitioning into my new job:
Take notes. Like, a lot of notes. If you ever get stuck, sometimes the answer is in your notes!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you simply can’t figure something out on your own (and you don’t have anything that will help in your notes), ask someone! Typically, coworkers and bosses are pleased that you’re willing to ask how to do something right, rather than quietly suffering alone and not getting work done.
Tackle one day at a time. Starting a new job can be overwhelming at first. Don’t worry about perfecting the job in one day. Whatever your training or work schedule is that day, just make a to-do list for the day and focus on checking it off. Pretty soon, you’ve completed a bunch of work and survived your first week.
Make your office space yours. If you’re going to have a separate work area (or even if you start working from home), make your office space comfortable and easy to work in. Bring a photo of family and friends. Organize your tools where they will be within reach. Claim an office mug or bring one of your own from home. For example, one of my new bosses bought me a succulent planter as a welcome gift, and I decided to name it Bertha and nominate it as my work mascot. This has made my new office space less intimidating. The less nervous I am, the better I learn and work.
It’s been a learning curve for sure, but so far, I’m enjoying my new job and settling into the office well. I’m hoping it is a job that I love, that way work won’t seem too much like, well, work.
So if you’re looking for a new job and an opportunity presents itself to you, don’t be afraid to submit your resume. It never hurts to apply.