Stressed Over A New Job? Plan, Prepare And You WILL Prosper

There comes a time when the vast majority of us have to look for a new job for whatever reason. Sometimes it’s unfortunately because we’re being made redundant, other times it can be because we need more money and there are plenty of other instances where we’re simply looking for a new challenge.

But whether it’s out of choice or it was a forced move, there can be a whole host of feelings and emotions accompanying it – and stress is regularly one of them.

Particularly apparent when you’re starting a new role, it doesn’t matter how much you were looking forward to it, there can be various reasons why your stress levels increase.

For example, the first day – or even the first few weeks – can always be nerve-wracking, purely for the fact you’re taken out of your comfort zone. But even as the weeks and months pass, stress levels can still remain high, whether it’s because you’re anxious about not hitting targets or you’re worried you’re not going to fulfil the position’s requirements as first anticipated, for example.

Whilst such stress is not unusual, that’s not to say it needs to be lived with – and the way you can ensure it remains at a level that is nothing other than minor is to plan and prepare as much as you possibly can.

When we’re starting a new job, no matter how much experience we have in the industry, we’re always taking a leap into the unknown to a certain degree, something that can instantly put us on the back foot and make us more wary of the whole situation.

As a result of this, we can become stressed as we don’t know what to expect – but what’s to stop you from finding out more before you start?

You’ll obviously go through an application and interview stage, whereby you can ask questions, but there’s likely to be very little stopping you from making contact with your future employer before you first start.

It might not be the norm from your point of view, but if you could arrange to spend half a day, for instance, at the organisation where you’ll soon be working, you could be introduced to your soon-to-be colleagues, get a basic understanding of the office layout and structure and even complete some of the formalities and legalities, all of which can induce stress on the first day of a job.

Conversely, if you’re finding you’re stressed in a new role several weeks in, planning for this obviously isn’t going to work and instead, you need to be working out what’s causing you to be stressed and developing a strategy around how to combat it.

Now every role is different and obviously I don’t have an in-depth awareness of all industries, but more often than not, regardless of the position, the same reasons for stress are apparent – and the most notable is an overwhelming amount of work.

So what do you do? As so many people do, you can carry on as normal until things get to a point where something has to be done, but this could be several months down the line and your health could have deteriorated considerably.

Or you could take the time to work out exactly what’s causing you to be stressed and plan what can be done to reduce it. It may be something major or it could be something comparatively minor, but it’s almost guaranteed that the time invested will result in a lower amount of stress (and subsequently, greater job satisfaction).

Starting a new job always brings with it a number of mixed emotions. Whilst there are undoubtedly positive ones in there, for many, the negatives due to stress can outweigh the positives – but if you plan and prepare effectively, there’s very little reason why you can’t enjoy your new role to the fullest and continually prosper.

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