Why it’s OK to feel like an outsider in a new job


It can always seem like a daunting experience starting a new job. It can take weeks, even months to feel completely settled. But don’t let this phase you, as everyone has been in the same situation at some point.

There are many things that can take over your thoughts at work, especially in a new environment.

Second guessing yourself

You start to worry about whether you’ll be able to do your job properly – which usually leads to anxiety about being sacked.

But the best thing is to be honest with yourself. You will make mistakes, but don’t be afraid to ask questions, so you can learn from your mistakes.

As cheesy as it sounds “practise makes perfect”. Sooner or later, you’ll be questioning why you were so worried in the first place.

Making friends

Don’t expect to be everybody’s best friend. You’ll want to make a good first impression and try to make friends but this isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

Some people will instantly make you feel welcome and there will be some people who you will dislike. But the last thing you want is any drama, so you have to learn to “grit your teeth”.

Even if you may not like everyone you work with, first impressions are still really important, so it always best make an effort to try and talk and be friendly to your colleagues.

It could just start of as bit of small talk each day. It can help show your enthusiasm in wanting to join in and if you share this same attitude towards your work, it can help to show that you’re reliable. This usually leads to your colleagues naturally being more likely to open up and welcoming to you.

Feeling valued

Don’t be made to feel like you are less important than any other employer in your job.

Remind yourself that you were employed because you provided the right skills and experience. Companies and employers don’t hire people for no reason.

Although you might not get praise for your work from your colleagues and manager, it’s important to recognise yourself your own achievements.

Be proud of what you have achieved, and use this self-confidence to show that you are a great employee.

Show that you are a dedicated and a hard working member of the team by being organised, arriving on time and always meeting your deadlines. This can also help you to develop mutual respect between you and your boss and your colleagues.

All new jobs are draughting, just like the first day at school or university. But you will get through it and a few months in you will feel right at home.

But if you don’t then don’t fret either. There are many more options for you to take in order to be happy and put your skills to use.




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