Well, you did it! You landed your first job, you made a successful pivot, you reinvented yourself and touched down in a new industry and you are on your way to a brand-new experience with nothing but doubt, uncertainty, the unknown and hopefully some heartfelt EXCITEMENT in front of you. Whatever it takes for you to establish yourself, you know you will do it and you hope that you bring what I call the LLC, LOW LEARNING CURVE to the job so as you begin to make your voice heard, you don’t make any significant mistakes. But with all the new people, process, protocol, technology, commute, there is just so much room for error. It’s a lot to take on. Doesn’t matter how old you are, how experienced you are, how self-assured you are, there is always room for miscalculation and the occasional ‘boo-boo’. So be ready for that and when you do make mess up, OWN IT! Make those around you aware that you did, in fact make a mistake and then you learn from it. It’s all good. It’s a great way to score integrity points. Your transparency will make the right impact. You will be seen as someone that can take the hit.
So, what are the expectations that you place on yourself? What are the EXPECTATIONS they place upon you, the new hire? You have some idea going in as it was discussed at your final round interview or when they made you the offer – But still, there are so many questions and that’s when you need to relax, settle down, establish a sense of rhythm, do your job, process all that is happening around you and ease into things. Pace yourself because at the end of the day, what you need to look for in the early stage is PROGRESS not Perfection.