Starting a new job is always daunting.
- Will I fit in?
- Will my co-workers like me?
- Will I enjoy the work?
- Will I be able for the work?
- What does this new job entail?
- What does my employer expect from me?
All the confidence you projected during the interview stage dissipates as you quickly realise you now have to be able to back up everything you promised you were capable of! But then you start, perhaps receive a little training, and before you know it: BOOM! It’s like you have been there for years!
Having worked in several different environments over the years, the new job ‘jitters’ resurface every single time I start a new job. I’m beginning to realise it is both normal and healthy to be this way. If I didn’t worry before starting, it would probably speak to an inflated ego which definitely would not bode well when starting somewhere new!
I believe that these thoughts can also often overwhelm a person when they begin to think about changing company/occupation. Thinking back, you are reminded of how you felt when you first started the job you are now in. That could, potentially, scare you away from a brand new opportunity leaving you firmly in your comfort zone.
When I was considering a job change at the end of 2017, my best friend told me to take the opportunity with both hands and go for it. And it was honestly the best decision I could have made.
You can go through life staying within your comfort zone, but then, is that really even living? – Best Friend.
That quote can really be applied to anything, not just a career change. But honestly, we spend so much of our time in work and probably more time around our co-workers than our own family members. Why stick to comfort zones if you’re not enjoying it?
So put aside all the nerves, all the doubts and all the overwhelming thoughts. Your comfort zone is just a chalk square on a concrete floor. You are not bound by it.