Doing Away with Career-Change Qualms
Congratulations! You've just been promoted and given the opportunity to join the ranks of the gods (your managers, of course!) you've always looked up to (or despised). You have obviously leaped forward on your career plan. If this is not your case, maybe you have decided to shift gears and veered towards your real passion. Still a good thing, though. If this is still not the case for you, we strongly hope that you're not that pessimistic salaryman who complains about not being promoted or being able to escape from the job he loathes.
Progresses in your career always mean a number of adjustments, which can be nerve-wracking at times. If you've been promoted, you have yet to learn all the ins and outs of the new job. You will have to adapt to a new culture or get to know the organizational structure in case you move to a new company.
All these changes can cause needless anxieties that can block your concentration and affect your performance, which should not be the case. You need to understand that these shifts in your career are those things that you may have been wishing for a long time ago. Keep in mind that you've just plotted another point in your life's learning curve and going back is not going to be a practical option. Don't worry, though; we're here to help you do away with career-change qualms.
It Doesn't Hurt to Ask
Reading your job description is not enough to make you ready and a good fit for the work. You will have to ask questions, too. But make sure that what you're going to ask is smart and will not solicit sarcastic remarks. When asking questions, make sure that you're timing is not off. Look at what they're doing before interrupting them. Otherwise, they might mistake you for an annoying and overzealous person.
Fixing Your New 'Apartment'
To make yourself comfortable in your new office, focus on how you can improve your workstation. Treat it as though you've just moved to a new apartment; unbox your stuff and organize them. Keep a book that you can read during down times or if you're trying to avoid small talks with your new colleagues. Arrange your desktop and folders in a fashion that will streamline your personal and professional processes.
Are You Strong Enough?
If you've jumped several notches up in your career, it's automatic that you'll be working with smarter people. And it's only logical to keep up with their pace. Know your strengths and use them to your advantage. Acknowledge you weak points so no one can use them against you. Sign up for skills improvement training or leadership conferences to improve what you have in your hands. If you cope up with the smarts of your peers, you can collaborate with them well or avoid being manipulated.
Where are Your Pals?
You won't survive if you don't have any friends (or acquaintances, at least). While corporate and professional cultures dictate that you're in the office to work and not to make friends, it's still a wise move to find like-minded individuals. But be careful in choosing the people to befriend; not everyone is looking after you.
Career transitions are a sign that you're doing things right, but they can induce anxiety at times. Keep all these things in mind and you'll do just fine.