If you’re starting out as a new professional, changing jobs, or changing careers, the following list of assumptions can help make your transition a bit smoother.
- You have a lot to offer, but you also have a lot to learn.
- You have great ideas, but not everyone wants to hear them.
- Your feelings matter, but so do the feelings of your colleagues.
- There may be very legitimate reasons why your organization has implemented certain processes and/or regulations.
- Processes and regulations can be questioned, but should be done so after careful research of their history, and with great tact and diplomacy.
- When co-workers or supervisors complain about their jobs, it’s time to listen politely, not share your own list of complaints.
- Even if you work alone, you’re still accountable to a team.
- Your supervisor knows what he or she is doing.
- Trust is earned over time, as is a good reputation.
- You will be giving more of yourself than you’ll be getting back.
Read more “Tips for new employees” from this LUCareer Center to Go article.