I needed a co-pilot (the M3 Job Club) to navigate me through the mire of finding new work as the process of: online recruitment, applications, CV presentation and interviews has changed in recent years, alongside job titles and daily requirements and I did eventually land a new job…
On the first morning of my new role my metaphorical plane took off and circled a few times round the table where I was attending an induction meeting and I came away wondering whether I’d picked up the correct flight plan because I couldn’t get to grips with all that was discussed. Surely it shouldn’t be this difficult. I was worried that feeling so off course would mean I’d crash land and not last the first week.
With all the various new legislation: health and safety, equality and diversity etc, there are many documents to read and engage with, often via a short test. This in itself seems insurmountable along with everything else there is to learn.
Even though I had prepared as best I could: researching the company and the role and reading around the content of the role, ten weeks in I’m still feeling a little overwhelmed by all there is to learn but (though it seems slow) each day I’ve had a bit more clarity and am gaining confidence.
Is there anything else I could have done to help prepare me for the new job? The answer is ‘no’, because the challenges once in the role are mainly individual to that role and business.
However, there are some general points that it’s difficult to keep in perspective when you want to make a good impression and feel frustrated that you probably aren’t. I don’t think they can be taught (except for IT skills; it’s a good idea to brush up).
Essentially it’s about expecting that when you look out the window of the plane you’ll probably see a rugged coastline, set against the sun glistening on a calm and clear blue sea. In other words there will be rough and smooth, because you can’t learn (and remember) in one induction morning: what you have to do, who does what, terminology and technology etc. You can’t possibly work in the same way as colleagues who’ve been in the role a long time and as with any worthwhile journey you will sometimes feel lost, so it’s important to prioritise and take advice.
For me, the learning process is actually exciting and the job is great; it’s coming together. The take offs and landing of my flights might hit turbulence for a few more weeks, but I will eventually be able to fly solo.
Author: Former M3JC Member