How did job change work for you? Did you cross field, industries, or just department? For me, my job change was from an industry to another, like zooming from letter A – Z. Fit into my new role was very challenging for me, as it wasn’t something I had been trained on. The days when I just started working, I couldn’t even match up with my predecessor on the job , he was skilled and also trained in that field. But here I was, a newbie in this field and so I was not performing greatly as I wanted to, because the knowledge gap between myself and my predecessor was so large.
I recount some of my experiences on my first few days at my new job, I was constantly making mistakes speaking their technical language. I would be so scared of saying the wrong things that I sometimes would keep quiet and not express my ignorance on a subject matter at work, I didn’t want to be seen as un-intelligent. One particular event that stood out for me, was when I made a mistake on something everyone working in that field would know. After mistalking, my cheerful colleagues started laughing and making jest of me. They even tried to patent my response to my name, but I pleaded so as not to be called that in the nearest tomorrow.
After that experience, I shook off my sleeves and realized that I could view the experience from 2 perspective: Either offensively, or take it as a feedback to work on my ignorance level. I choose the later, and also laughed at myself. After having a good laugh, the following things resonated in my heart:
- Learning is fun, don’t always take offense at the process: If you are continuously open to learning, you will always see every event as an opportunity to learn, you won’t stream line learning just to what your job functions states, but also a thing that can be done informally even when gisting with colleagues.
- Improve your knowledge base: When on a new job, you need to learn voraciously, you need to be deliberate about your learning, get books that are suited to your new field/ role, learn offline, learn online, attend conferences, always ensure you are adding knowledge to yourself on your job.
- Seek feedback to know what and how to improve on: On any new job, be eager to get feedback about your performance. This will not only help you evaluate your how well you are doing on the job, but will also enable you see areas that you should improve on that you might not have known.
Changing jobs should be not be as scary as you have always thought. Firstly, settle this in your mind, you got the job because your Employer believes in your abilities to perform. Working shouldn’t also be about the titles or the remuneration package that comes with it, it should be about adding value to your organization and you in turn improving your knowledge base.
As I write this post, I am also speaking to myself and seeking areas to improve on my job, I hope this post helps you as much as it is helping me. You can also check 5 Attributes of Top Flyers in the workplace.
Cheers to building a great career.