Post # 1
I’ve been at my current job about 2.5 months, and while I’m enjoying it, I feel like there is SO much to learn and take in. It can be overwhelming.
Part of the issue is that the training has been poor and there has been very little guidance, which is common throughout the company. And I find I am really struggling some days. Because of that, my confidence in my work is suffering and I often feel like an idiot or as if others don’t think I’m capable of doing my job.
I don’t like not feeling secure and having complete control of my responsbilities. I was good at my last job and I miss the feeling of having a strong grasp on my work.
Mostly I’m just venting. Anyone else ever go through this at a new job?
Post # 3
I’ve been at my job for 5 years, and most days I’m still learning. 🙂
I’m sorry your company isn’t providing you with some structured guidance and helping you from feeling overwhelmed. Hopefully all it takes is just some more time.
Post # 4
I’m a nurse. I’d say within the first year of my first nursing job I had a pretty good grasp on the routine aspects… but I am CONSTANTLY learning new things and being presented with new challenges. Keeps ya on your toes. Luckily my first nursing job was at the side of the most amazing knowlegable senior nurse who had the patience of an angel.
Post # 5
I’ve been at my current job a year and I feel this way. No one really trained me in on what I was supposed to do, and they knew from the get-go what I could ahd couldn’t do. I have job security, thankfully, because I live in a small city and it is hard to find people. Plus I am good with the employees, but I feel like there is still a lot I need to learn or things I should already know.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@regit45: It took me 6 months to start feeling confident in my ability to do my job. I have now been here for almost two years and I feel like I am 90% proficient at my job. There is definitely room for improvement but the 10% is little stuff that show why I am the assistant and my boss is the lead.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We tell all of our new staff that they are considered “newbies” until at least the 2 year mark. It takes me at least that long to adequately train someone in whatever subject matter I need them to specialize in, what we do, and how we do it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I work in a laboratory and my current position is actually not quite as technical or complex as some of my previous positions so I felt just fine jumping right into my current job. Good thing too since there was no one here to train me! I’m the only person here who does my job and the person who had the job before me retired at age 85 and was not up to date on current methods.
Post # 9
@regit45: I was a preschool teacher, and I felt completely lost for the first three or four months! And every time they moved me to a new room (preschool teachers bounce classrooms a LOT), I felt lost for another month!
Post # 10
@megz06: Sigh. It’s stressful, isn’t it? I’m just trying to do the best I can and take it day by day.
Post # 11
When I started my job I had about 10 hours of training before the lady I was replacing was leaving. Needless to say, it took me FOREVER to be able to say I grasped my job. I’ve been there for a little over 3 years now I feel like I could do my job in my sleep most days.
Post # 12
@arsing89: That’s how I eventually felt in my previous job. Really looking forward to getting back to that point. Until then, I don’t want my employer thinking they made the wrong decision in hiring me.
Post # 13
Pretty much the first year. We hire seasonally August through June so after that I was on my second year and returning staff rather than a new hire. I was super worried about how I was doing the entire year and now that I’m into my third year I realize that it’s just the natural expectation for new staff to make mistakes and take awhile to get the hang of it and its really not a big deal. I wish I would not have wasted all that time worrying now
Post # 14
@ash064: This is refreshing to read. I spend a lot of time stressing/worrying over my performance. I think I’m expecting way too much out of myself for being in a brand new position ..wish I could relax more.