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Transitioning to a New Role

It’s been a little over a month in my new job and I feel like I’m just starting to get in the groove of everything.

Some days are busier than others and I’m still adjusting to the corporate politics, but all in all, I’m really enjoying everything.

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I thought I would share how I handled my transition because I’m sure there are a bunch of you out there going through the same thing. I also like sharing what I’m going through to keep things honest! To be fun, I thought I’d put this in a pros and cons list!

Pro: New challenge

I wanted a new position because I felt like I had learned everything I could at my old job. I wasn’t being challenged any more. With my new position, I am not only at a new company but in a completely different industry. I’m definitely learning a lot and am excited for the future! I’ve also been given a lot of responsibility and it’s nice being the go-to person for marketing.

Con: Stepping into a new culture

There’s no denial that starting a new job will have it’s challenges. The major one is stepping into a new company, a new company culture and new personalities. This won’t be a con forever, but this month has been interesting learning who I can go to with questions without obviously bothering them. This has been the hardest adjustment for me.

Pro: Better training

In my first month, I’ve done 5 training sessions. I haven’t done this month training at a job EVER. It’s been super interesting and I’m so proud to work at a company that focuses on their employees and their knowledge. One of the training sessions was about all the options available on how to move up the corporate ladder. I consider myself a determined professional and I really appreciated learning all the avenues I have to showcase my passion to become a manager.

Con: No friends…yet

I was lucky enough to make a lot of friends during some of my old jobs. I still keep in touch with many of them, one was even a bridesmaid in our wedding. I’ve even gone out to dinner and drinks with people from my old company, with our next outings already on the calendar. A tough part of transitioning to a new company/job is finding my new group of friends. I work with a lot of engineers and we don’t have too much in company from my initial assessment. A lot of people run errands during lunch and then eat at their desks. And if people do go out to lunch, it’s mostly with their team. Sometimes I feel lonely, but most people have been super friendly and I have gone out to lunch several times with the people who sit by me. I know it takes time, but patience isn’t one of my virtues.

Pro: A better future

Another large pro is that there are so many opportunities for me now. This was a smart career move for me. And there’s always more pros than cons, so I want to leave this note.

Transitions aren’t always easy, but when you know you’ve made the right decision, the only way to look is forward.

How have you handled a recent transition? Does everything get easier?

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