Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi
After a long run with my previous company, I am now once again the "newbie." This was not an easy decision, but simply came down to it being the right time and opportunity. But that's for another column. Now, I will focus on what it means to be the new kid on the block.
A lot of people compare starting a new job to starting a new school year. This is not a great comparison because you are one of many starting out the school year. There's an orientation, other lost kids roaming the hallways, and many parents - including yours - anxiously waiting outside. Starting a new job is more like entering a foreign country on your own (as an American). Some countries are more welcoming and have people greet you at the airport, some may tolerate you as long as you keep to yourself, and others don't want you there at all. You are the stranger entering environments where norms and culture exist and your job is to navigate through this newness by remembering it's only new to you.
Here are my suggestions for navigating through your first days at a new job. If you're planning to travel overseas, you can also use these tips:
All this and the real work hasn't even begun. Good luck and happy travels!
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Based in New York, Anna Papadopoulos has held several digital media positions and has worked across many sectors including automotive, financial, pharmaceutical, and CPG.
An advocate for creative media thinking and an early digital pioneer, Anna has been a part of several industry firsts, including the first fully integrated campaign and podcast for Volvo and has been a ClickZ contributor since 2005. She began her career as a media negotiator for TBS Media Management, where she bought for media clients such as CVS and RadioShack. Anna earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from St. John's University in New York.
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December 12, 2013
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