New career – SUPER ANXIOUS AND SCARED! anyone else feel this way?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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28 posts
Newbee

I think it is totally normal to feel this way, especially when you are just starting out! I am going to start my first job in my new career after grad school in a few months, and the idea of not knowing something worries me, too! To the point where I’ve gone and bought a few extra text books to freshen up on things before I start.

All of that being said, there is a leanring curve for every new employee a company hires, no matter how experienced they are. Everyone has to learn names, orient themselves, and figure out how the office runs ad what their practices are. 

I think it would help you to get over the fear of asking questions. As long as you aren’t asking questions that can be easily answered with a little research, I wouldn’t worry about it. For example, if someone tells you to write a report about “such and such” and take it to someone in a different office, you can ask a million questions about how to complete the report, how to format it, etc. But I wouldn’t ask where the other office is located- You can Google that. 

I would rather ask a question about how something should be done upfront than stress about it or even worse, do it incorrectly and waste people’s time. If someone seems annoyed that you asked them for help/guidance, I would say exactly that- “I ask because I want to make sure I get this right the first time so that we aren’t wasting time or resources.” 

Try and relax- You’ll be fine! I’m sure you’ll encounter a lot of helpful people and will eventually adjust to everything. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 3
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271 posts
Helper bee

Oh god, everytime I start a new job I feel like I am going  crazy. Fear, trembling, insomnia. The unknown is VERY scary.  Will I be good enough? Will they regret hiring me? Did I misrepresent by qualifications? Will this company go under? Will my boss turn into a crazy lunatic? Will I let myself down?

It ALWAYS goes fine.

It usually subsided after the first day or so. Dood luck to you!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  yellow7404.
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