Harriet is twenty-one years old and recently completed her degree in BA (Hons) Digital Film Production, graduating with a 2:1. Harriet got involved with Student Life because she enjoys writing and wants to continue this skill.
Starting a new job is daunting, but it’s important to keep an open mind and remember that everyone was new once and can relate to how you feel.
Just before Christmas I started a new job and am now starting to become familiar with my new role. As someone who worries about change, it was beneficial being hired with a group of people as I knew I wasn’t on my own.
After graduating in October 2018, I was on the job hunt for a while and found it difficult to find the right position for me. However, I found that even if you get some negative responses, it’s important not to give up straight away and to continue forward to find the best role for you. During this time, it was useful that I had a part-time job to tide me over before becoming a successful candidate for my new job.
For anyone starting a new adventure, I would advise them to socialise as much as possible. This was a key aspect that I followed which has definitely helped me with feeling more comfortable and getting to know a wide range of different people. Luckily, there are several social events at work (Christmas markets, table tennis tournaments) as well as events outside of work, including Christmas and Summer parties.
There is also a events team at work who organise and promote frequent events for the staff. I would definitely say that these events make it easier for new staff to feel at ease in a new environment
If you’re starting a new role, get involved with events like these as they give you the opportunity to make new connections with staff members from different departments (who you wouldn’t meet on a daily basis).
Overall, I am really enjoying my job at the moment and am excited about the future. Plus, everyone is really friendly and understanding which is great! Even though sometimes change can seem intimidating, it can be a good thing which can open your eyes to new opportunities. If you are unsure about starting a new adventure, I would advise you to just go for it and enjoy it thoroughly.