Dear fellow ‘people about to start a new job’ –
Are you as nervous as I am?
I’m sure we’re all about the same degree of nervous mixed with totally-bouncing-off-the-wall excited. I’m at that point where I re-locate in about 40 hours. I’m finishing packing my current apartment. I’ve reached the stage where I’m packing my clothes. Specifically pulling out which outfit I’m wearing on Friday (move day – aka: see my co-workers for the first time since the interview day).
Yes, I admit I paused for a few moments to decide if I wanted to wear the t-shirt with the rhinestone design on it, the t-shirt with my former institution’s fun move-in logo on it, or a more ‘professional’ knit shirt with a collar on Friday when I sign my contract.
I’m also thinking very reflectively about what I want to ‘change’ or ‘do a bit differently’ from my most recent position. Do I want to revise my personal/professional social-media policy? Do I want to change what my students are able to view? Should I make my facebook wall open to people or keep it closed? What about interactions with co-workers. Do I want to be the one always offering to go out after work?
What about professional changes? Do I want to change my attire? Knock things one more level dressier than I currently have been doing? How do I want to respond to emails? What ‘hours of the day’ am I going to respond to emails? How am I going to juggle my new responsibilities with the committee work I do for the professional organizations I’m involved with?
I know I’m not the only person thinking about stuff like this. Clearly my new institution has a dress code, a social media use policy…. and tons of other things to help me with these types of questions — but, the anxiety can still be there – right?
For those who know me well, you know I’m not super nervous about this – I was nervous about this stuff about three months ago. I’m one of those super-organized over planning types. So, I’ve planned much of this stuff already in my head.
But, I have seen some tweets & Facebook posts of some of my soon to be co-workers who have vocalized some of these same anxieties that I am also experiencing!
Can some other professionals weigh in and give us some words of advice? Stories of your ‘oops’ moments on your first few days of work? (obviously the stories to laugh over)