Starting a new role
You've put in the hard work and got the job, but there can still be uncertainty starting in any new role. Here are our top tips for getting off to a great start.
Starting a new job can be daunting, no doubt, but it's also incredibly exciting. From the people you’ll meet, where you’ll be working and learning your new job, it's a lot to take in. Putting some thought into planning the first few days in your new job will help calm the nerves and get you off to a great start.
Before you start
- Ask if there's advance reading you can do
- Check the dress code
- Plan your commute so you arrive on time
- Make sure you know who to ask for
Getting settled in
- With the first few days under your belt, it's worth taking some time to think about how you'll approach your first 90 days to help you get off to a good start
- Get time with your line manager in your first week to go through your objectives and any induction plan so you're clear on what's expected
Get set up for success
Here is our checklist for ensuring a great start to a new job:
- Create a 90-day plan with daily and weekly goals – or block out time each day for key tasks. This might include things you need to learn or people you need to speak to
- Get time with other team members to understand what they do and who else you should connect with
- Understand the ways of working in your team – regular meetings, systems, processes, values
- It's never too early to start working on your Personal Development Plan, outline how – and by when – you can develop two or three skills
- Reflect on what you've learnt each week and what's in your plan for the week ahead
- Build in some time each week to reflect on what you've learnt and what's in your plan for the week ahead
- Go easy on yourself – you won't be expected to know everything straight away or get everything right first time!
- Have regular check-ins with your manager, the frequency of this may vary depending on the role and company but the idea is for you to keep each other informed on your progress and your development
- Keep asking questions to help you learn – you can't know everything at once or even learn it all first time
- Buddies can really help you settle in – ask your manager about getting one. Buddies are usually someone in the team you are joining who can help you with the day-to-day things like finding your way around or introducing to other team members