she trusts. Ask for suggestions. Then create a campaign to get to
know a few key people. My favorite way to get to know someone
is by sharing meals or outside activities. If you’re interested in
meeting people but they don’t have time to go out to eat, then
offer to pick up a sandwich for them and eat together in their
office. Sharing spontaneous conversation will naturally lead to
forming a closer bond.
“Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations, transitions, and incorporations.” — Alan Dundes, American folklorist
■ Know;your;role;and;what;is;expected;of;you. Think about he tasks assigned to you, and be clear about what you need to do to accomplish them. Don’t miss deadlines. Strive to meet or exceed expectations for all tasks assigned to you. ■ Dress;for;success. Find out if there’s a dress code in your workplace, and adhere to it. Be sure your clothes are clean, well pressed, and in good condition. ■ Be;positive. Show enthusiasm toward your work (including the tasks you consider boring!), toward your
colleagues, and for the organization.
■ Don’t;be;afraid;to;ask;questions. You’re new on the job
and will probably need help. Your co-workers understand
and will likely be very supportive. If you don’t understand
an assignment or what’s expected of you, don’t wing it.
■ Demonstrate;a;strong;work;ethic. Establish an excellent
attendance record. Be punctual, or better yet, arrive to
work a few minutes early and leave a few minutes late.
■ Rise;above;office;gossip. Every office has its gossips,
who will be looking for the opportunity to give you the
lowdown on your boss and co-workers. While it’s okay to
store this information in the back of your mind, don’t seek
out gossip or contribute to it.
■ Continue;building;your;network. Attend staff meetings.
Participate in after-hours activities offered by your
employer. Join professional organizations and attend
conferences. You’ll meet new people and develop
professional relationships that could be useful for the
More Tips for Success
During this type of life transition, many people experience a sense
of insecurity. They suddenly find themselves “competing” with
like-minded, smart, intelligent professionals who are also eager
to learn and to grow. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and insecure
when you are in transition.
However, it’s important to recognize that this is a normal and
natural reaction. So allow yourself to be overwhelmed— but not
for long. Remember: you are on equal footing now. Your fellow
graduate students were accepted to your program, just like you.
Your co-workers who started with you have the same amount of
experience at your company. It’s up to you to not let your mind
play tricks on you.
You are in this new position because you deserve to be there.
Do not underestimate the skills you bring. All organizations need
fresh perspectives and new, creative solutions. And don’t forget
that when you start out, it’s hard to lose. If you make a suggestion
and it’s perceived to be “not so hot,” it will be chalked up to your
lack of experience. However, if you come up with what people see
as a brilliant idea, you will be considered a “high potential” professional. Just remember to not be presumptuous or overconfident,
or you’ll likely get labeled accordingly.
Transitions are a time of excitement and rapid growth. They
are times to enjoy, but also opportunities to really focus on your
professional goals. If possible, set aside extra time to focus on your
transition. The more you invest in it, the more likely you will succeed. Are you ready to move on to your next step? What will you