This year, I finally got the opportunity to start a new job. I am still in the same company but I have a new role now. In this case, things are naturally easy because I already know much about the new colleagues and generally about the way the company works. However, as I have been first training the colleagues who are replacing me and now learning the new job, I have been thinking about the best way to start a new job. Starting a new job is an exciting new experience but it can be scary too. I listed below a few ideas to make your new start easier.
1) Make sure you understand the context
Before I changed job, I have been working with a new trainee who is still studying in the university. In this case, I really tried to make sure that I did not just show the technical parts of the job but also gave her some explanations about the context. For instance, it is important to know why you are doing a specific task, or what is changing currently in the job. For instance, for us in the bank industry, regulation is a very big topic. Tasks related to regulation have been exploding in the five last years.
2) Listen carefully and take notes
At the beginning, you have to process a lot of information. It is important to concentrate and to make sure you know the different steps of the procedure. You should note relevant information as you might need them later. For this job, I am trying to use OneNote to save all the information I might need in the next weeks: for instance lists of the steps to follow for different tasks or also vocabulary notes.
3) Use examples and models
A great way to save time and avoid mistakes is to ask your new colleagues to send you examples of emails or documents that they have worked on. So you can know the structure that you need to use and you just have to adapt the documents.
4) Do it yourself
After a colleague showed you a new task, try to do it yourself as soon as possible and ask then the colleague to control whether you did it right. This is the best way to know whether you understood everything or whether there are still points you are uncomfortable with.
5) Compare and Analyze
Once you begin to have a better idea of what the job is, try to compare with previous experiences/ see how it can relate to things you read or learned. This will help you to deal better with unexpected events which could happen.
6) Work on the relationship with your colleagues
You can not always choose your colleagues (unless you hire them yourself) but good relationships definitely make work funnier. Try to be kind, polite and motivated. If your new colleagues like you, they will be more likely to take time to explain you things.