After a month of starting in my new job, I realized a lot of things that I found useful to cope with my “new” situation. It’s funny when you get used to things for a long time then suddenly choose to do an entirely different thing. Admittedly, I was anxious and excited at the same time. A few weeks before I started work, I did everything I wanted to do. These included decluttering, cleaning and fixing the house, watching movies and series, and just about anything I feel I won’t have any time doing when I started an 8-5 work. All those anticipation in the first week and now I’m already on my first month.
SO I’d like to share some insights I learned from the first month of starting over a new career:
- Be a beginner. Starting a new career means being a beginner again. It means accepting the reality that you are new in the job. In my case, I am really a beginner to the nature and responsibilities of my current work. I’ve been working for a long time as a teacher and the position I have now is totally different. This made me fearful and anxious, but it also made me appreciate the joy of beginnings. Beginnings are an opportunity to do things over, or to start anew. At some point, I had to adjust cause for a long time I was the “senior”, I knew what I needed to do even with my eyes closed. But in my new work, I am just a beginner. I think this is important for anyone starting a new career. To accept that we do not know everything or anything. That we should embrace the fact that we are learning again.
- Be afraid but do it anyway. In all honesty, I was afraid. Afraid to begin, and not know anything in the job. I was afraid that I had no prior experience to my current work. But there is this one quote I’ve read that says: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” There will always be things I would be fearful of or things that would worry me, but I learned that it is good to acknowledge feelings of fear but have the courage to go with it. “Okay lang matakot, pero hindi okay ang hindi sumubok.” The only way we can truly know if something is fearful is if we confront it. More often than not we would realize that there was really nothing to be afraid of.
- Ask help. Being a beginner and afraid is a good combination to seek help. Realizing that we are new in a job and that we know nothing about it just yet gives other people an opportunity to help us. This opportunity only opens when we are humble enough to ask for help. It is recognizing that at this stage we need help because we want to improve as a person. We seek help because we want to be better and do great in the roles that we have. For the past years, I was used to be the ones asked for help, but now I have a deeper appreciation of asking for help and realizing people are ready to give their help.
- Find mentors. I realized there’s wisdom in every person I meet. I realized that I am surrounded by people who are willing to teach me in whatever way they can directly or indirectly. I found people who I believe are God-sent because they are always in perfect timing. It’s as if every person I meet or work with have a specific purpose in my growth as a person. It is especially important that as a beginner, we feel that someone is ready to teach us. To be mentored is a great opportunity for a beginner like me. Having a mentor who sees your potential and who values you makes you work harder and better.
I am lucky to have a positive and encouraging environment. This makes my transition to my new responsibility easier and lighter. Whether it is starting a new career, or a new phase in life, these are insights that we can use. Starting anew are beginnings not everyone are given so appreciate and embrace it. All beginnings are a way to do better and be better.