SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 24 July 2020Soft Skills: Why They are Harder Than You Think and How You Can Acquire Them
So, you've accepted a new position...CONGRATS! Now it’s time to make your move, but this is easier said than done. Career changes are rarely smooth sailing. But then again, navigating your professional life never is. Here is a post that will guide you through your career transition with ease:
1. Be Positive: Career changes= emotions. While transitioning to a new job or career may be exciting, it can also be nerve wracking and scary. It’s important that you keep your spirits up and showcase your positive attitude. Even during times of stress, being positive will not only help you maintain better relations but can also lift the mood for your co-workers.
2. Company Culture: Company culture is the best way to get involved and meet the people you are going to be working for and with. Fitting in at a new job and feeling comfortable with your coworkers often means observing and adapting to the company culture. Though you'll add your own personality to your workplace culture, it's rarely a good idea to try to change company practices and standards altogether. You want to add to the already established culture not shift it completely. If company culture is important to you (and it should be). Make it a point to ask questions about it during interviews and meetings so that you don't risk being disappointed once you have already committed.
3. Make a routine: Making it a point to have a set daily routine will drastically improve your productivity levels and lower your stress levels. Returning to work or transitioning jobs may present many challenges in terms of finding your footing and having a set schedule will help to alleviate some of those.
4. Take Note: Take note of what’s going on around you. The first couple weeks of transitioning are no doubt going to be hectic so taking down some notes will not only serve as small reminders but will also help you keep track of tasks. If writing isn’t your thing, making mental notes can also help ease your transition. What are the normal lunch time for employees? What is the nuanced dress code? How does management react to certain situations? What are the problems you observe that you believe your skills can provide solutions for? Taking notes will help you get to know your co-workers and ensure that you don’t miss out on important information.
5. Build and Maintain Relations: when you make a career transition, don’t ditch all of your old contacts and work hard to make new ones. It is highly recommended to maintain contacts with periodic check-ins, coffee hangouts and meetings to upkeep relations. When you start a new career and leave your old job behind, you should also start networking in your new industry. The sooner you join groups and attend networking events, the faster you'll truly feel like you fit in with your new team members. The relationships you build with the people you work with can make or break your entire career decision, so be open to step out of your comfort zone. If there is an after work function make an effort to go out and meet people, interact with others even if you feel uncomfortable, invite a coworker to lunch, accept invitations to coffee breaks. All of these things will help you transition smoothly and happily (and as a bonus, it will help you make networking connections).
6. Mentorship: Finding a mentor is the best way to familiarize yourself with your new career. Not only will a mentor introduce you to your coworkers, but they will be able to understand where you are coming from and guide you through your new role. With this being said, if there is someone within the company that you look up to, don’t be afraid to reach out to them and express your interest in learning more about tem as well as from their experiences. If there are mentorship programs set up, don’t hesitate to join them. You'll have a much better chance of making your career change successful if you get advice from someone who has been in your shoes before.
Hopefully these 6 tips can help you transition careers smoothly. It may take effort and time but you will eventually feel comfortable at your new job. Interested in more tips like these? Subscribe to our Career Buzz blog for daily posts.