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My First 2 Weeks at a New Job

Starting a new job can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. I know I was bouncing back and forth, these two feelings fighting against each other. There is so much to expect yet so much uncertainty. But you should remain proud of yourself for this achievement and look forward to a bright path ahead! 

Parting from my first two weeks at a new job, I admit I feel only somewhat settled in. Comfort comes with time, but you also should not aim to get too comfortable. This may lead you to become unprofessional and there is not much room for growth if there aren’t times you are caught off guard or challenged.  

Starting at the new job: My co-workers’ experience versus mine 

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From what I heard listening to my co-workers’ experiences of their first week, mine was very different. For my co-workers, the first two days of mandatory training were spent at home, while I had to come into the office right away. However, there was some confusion as some people knew I was coming in on my first day, and others expected me to arrive two days later. 

Due to this confusion, I was late to be picked up from the lobby and my supplies were not ready for me. I also had a meeting that I was late for. I felt panicky because of the rush and my fear of giving a first bad impression. However, it was not my fault so I tried to stay as calm as possible. Eventually, someone apologized to me for the confusion. 

During my first few days, I experienced quite a few technical difficulties. The workers at the help desk/IT were some of the people I talked to the most. To help myself feel more comfortable, I spent money on some personal items for my desk (things other than office supplies, most of which were already provided).  

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Another unexpected incident was being asked to relocate desks during my second week. To be honest, this made me slightly sad because my first desk had already started to feel homey.  

Despite the adjustments and less of a smooth transition than I expected, there were many things I was excited about:

  • My co-worker gave me a tour, and the building/office was pretty cool. 
  • Free snacks and drinks are available daily. 
  • It was nice to be back in Downtown Toronto (I attended university in the city for 4 years and had not visited for 2 years due to the pandemic).
  • I was consistently hearing about the nice people I would meet at this company, and amongst the people I have met so far, I can say this statement is true. 
  • This was a great opportunity to learn and gain experience. 
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How I feel now at my new job 

I am slowly learning how to do tasks. Every day, I aim to learn at least one new thing or practice something I have already learned so I can be better at completing it. I have made some friends which make the days more fun. They are also very open to helping me which I am appreciative of.

Additionally, I am adjusting to the time (work hours, and having to commute) and the environment. I have freedom, but due to the nature of my role as an Administrative Assistant, I should be ready to assist when someone asks. One minute I may not be busy at all, and the next minute I could be stuck with a 2-hour task. Therefore, at the same time, I am learning self-discipline.  

Tips for starting at a new job 

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New Job Blog – Image Source: cottonbro on Pexels
Wear comfortable shoes.

Depending on the type of workplace, and if it is allowed, I highly recommend bringing a pair of comfortable sneakers. My feet hurt the first few days from wearing winter boots. They were warm, but not exactly supportive. Though I was sitting at my desk half of the time, the other half was spent walking around, which would’ve been nicer with breathable sneakers.  

Introduce yourself and/or greet everyone. 

Small talk can be awkward but it is important to make your presence known at the office. Say “Hello” when you pass by someone, and if there are moments you have a little more time with a new person (for example, at the kitchen or in the elevator) take the initiative to say your name first along with your position at the company. People tend to be friendly when they hear you’re new. You should also be prepared to answer what you did previous to this job. 

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New Job Blog – Image Source: Zen Chung on Pexels
Take notes and take the initiative to learn. 

This may seem obvious to do, but others ignore taking notes because it can be easier to learn as you do. This is true; however, I believe they work together. I see no harm in taking notes as well as being hands-on. Also, expecting someone to teach you everything you need to know isn’t the most helpful mentality. Especially when people are busy, you should aim to be productive by learning on your own. Explore the programs your company uses to familiarize yourself. Ask coworkers if you can observe/shadow them as they work on a task. 

Be patient, take it easy on yourself. 

We tend to be eager to settle in a new environment. We yearn to be pros in our roles as quickly as possible. But the truth is, these things just come with time. At the beginning, there are definitely going to be moments when you want to be more productive, but simply can’t. It may be because you don’t know much yet or people aren’t asking because you’re still new. During these times, remember to be patient with yourself. Being new is not a bad thing. Eventually you might even miss the times when days weren’t so busy. So, for now, take it one day at a time. 

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Eat for energy & stay hydrated. 

If you’re moving around a lot and are busy learning, you might forget to listen to your body. Always have snacks nearby and water at hand. Don’t hesitate to take a moment to eat or drink. You won’t be able to work properly anyways if your body needs care, so be sure it doesn’t get to that point.  

Talk about your day. 

Release your worries and share the things you’re happy about to a friend or family member. This is good for your mental health, to close off the day you had. Let go of any stress and focus on the good things that happened. Whether the day you had was mostly good or bad, keep in mind that tomorrow is a new day to start fresh. 

Are you ready to start at your new job? 

No one is ever fully ready to start a new job, but it’s always nice to hear encouraging words. Like I mentioned before, my experience was not as smooth as I expected, but I still ended up being okay. Your experience might turn out much better than mine. It’s important to focus on the positive aspects no matter what. I hope that some of the tips I shared are valuable to you. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Congratulations on your new job and sending good luck your way!

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