5 Tips to Overcome the Anxiety of A New Career
Fresh out of college or a new career path, with both comes a fear of first job. With all the preparation and hard work to land to a job, there are things that you should know to make things work for you. After all, all the career guidance should not go waste.
There are a certain set of challenges that everyone faces at a new job. There are some things you can do to cope with these challenges and get over the anxious feeling that the word 'new job' brings to you.
Here is how to cope with a career start:
Overcoming the anxiety of a new career
1. Accept the Work that Comes to You with the Newbie StatusYou might leave the college with high expectations from the new job you are just into. But the different part is that you might be given small responsibilities before you have some real stuff to do. So there are chances you are required to do tasks that you don’t like, but are important as they display different qualities like commitment and hard work.
You will have to work hard, no matter what tasks you are assigned for the first few days, weeks or months. If you prove yourself in this time, you will climb your success ladder in speed. Learn new things every day and make a list of each.
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2. Adhere to Deadlines Strictly and Stay OrganizedStarting a career is nothing like a school or college. When in a new job, make sure that you follow some basic rules before you are completely in sync with the company culture. Some of them include:
- Always being on time
- Staying organized
- Getting your work done on or before time
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3. Fit In Culturally (Sync With the Company Culture)Every organization is difference and fitting in important for a healthy and happy workplace. There are interviews that test a candidate for cultural fit. If you need to change a lot about yourself to fit in the company, then probably you should not be there. Just make an effort to mix and meet everyone you need to. Start with introducing yourself around. Make sure you never have your lunch or coffee alone.
The goal is to leave an impression on anyone you meet. When you meet and talk to people, you also get to know about the culture and you would know what you need to do to actually fit in.
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4. Ask Questions FrequentlyAsking questions is important. Your employers expect you to do your job correctly and you should ask questions when you start out. Be sure you are listening to their answers actively and if required make a note of it as well. In the beginning, make sure you ask questions at any point you are unsure. When you are working on a project, make sure your boss knows your progress and any difficulty you face. This way you have your back at any time you get lost.
Also, be sure you ask only when you have to. Asking is great but do not overdo it. If you get the basics, do not be afraid to get things done your way. If you have to make small decisions, go ahead and do that.
Once, you are done with what has been assigned to you, ask your boss “What next is lined up for me?” Make sure you have something on your plate that keeps you busy.
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5. Dealing with the BurnoutIt is easy to feel lost at a job especially when you are at the start of your career. This can eventually lead to burnout, which is not a good sign. To avoid a situation like that, keep in mind the following:
- Know when you are overworked because working too much without proper breaks can lead to stress. Obviously when you are new, asking for a long vacation does not make sense, but taking a day off work would not harm anyone. In fact it is sure to bring good than bad.
- Take frequent breaks during the day. It is a possibility that right at the beginning of your career, you might face long working hours as you need time to understand and then working things out. Make sure when you have a long day you give yourself enough breaks to keep yourself to save a bit of sanity.
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