Have you ever started a new job and right off the bat felt overwhelmed with how much there was to learn and do?
Given the competitive landscape of the business world, it is very common for people to start off in a new job and feel that they are in a sink or swim environment. The work can come fast and furious. On top of learning your new firm’s software, their procedures, your colleague’s names and how they like to work.
When you do encounter these sink or swim environments and you most likely will, the question is how do you succeed and thrive in them.
When you start in a new job that is like this, it is easy to second guess your decision about accepting the job. But, it’s important to remember that growing pains are common in a new role, and given how competitive the job market is, instead of doubting yourself, it’s best to do everything you can do to not only succeed in this new environment but thrive!
So, here are some things you can do to ensure you thrive during this time:
You need to take the initiative and jump right in. Be a sponge and soak up as much as you can. Also, putting in a little extra time and effort, in the beginning, will help shorten the learning curve. Further, don’t question how the firm does everything. First, learn their processes. Down the road when you are settled and more embedded in the firm, you can offer up suggestions. But for now, jump in, take initiative and do what you can.
Ask for help if you are having a hard time understanding something or struggling to find something or unsure how something is done. Just make sure you are not asking the same question over and over. Ask a question, make note of the answer and then put it into practice. Build on it from there. Remember, the people who hired you, want you to succeed. So they will want you to have the knowledge you need to do so. So ask!
Make connections with as many of your teammates as you can. Introduce yourself, have lunch with them or invite them to have lunch with you in the beginning. You want to have as many connections in the new firm as possible so that you can turn to different people when you have questions. You will limit the risk of peppering one person with all of your questions.
Things are going to be tough in any new job! But it’s important that your patient, dive in and learn as much as you can in those first few months so that you can build a strong foundation.
Thanks for reading! If you have recently started a new job and have questions about how you can better thrive in the sink or swim environment, feel free to contact us.
Happy Job Hunting and Good Luck!