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March 8, 2024 4 Min Read

From Newbie to Pro: Strategies to Excel in Your New Role

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Are you starting a new position? 

Butterflies in your stomach, a dash of excitement, and a pinch of nervousness – we’ve all been there! 

The first days seem intimidating, but guess what? You’re not alone.

It’s as universal as a Monday morning coffee. So, take a deep breath. This guide is your roadmap to navigate this exciting journey from a newbie to a pro when working in your new job. 

Let’s kickstart your success story, shall we?


Understanding Your New Role: The First Steps

Let’s start at square one: understanding your role. Get a hang of the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ of your tasks. 

Some people make the mistake of starting a new job, seeing how things are done, and immediately start to either do things their way (regardless of what others say) or saying things like, “Oh, this isn’t the most efficient or effective way to do XYZ. You should do it like this.”

Don’t do this.

While your concerns or suggestions may be perfectly valid and even true, you may not fully understand the workflow, and things may be a certain way for a specific reason that you don’t quite understand yet.

There may be a budget element, a logistics component, or a quality assurance angle you haven’t considered. 

Additionally, you’ve only just started working in the position and may need more credibility, even as a skilled employee. People need to get to know and trust you, which takes time and effort.

Therefore, don’t just burst in and start switching things up or creating a bad reputation for yourself. That’s how you don’t start in a new role.

Instead, play ball with the crowd. See how things are done. Then, you can recommend or make changes to how things are done. 

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Ask Questions: Don’t shy away from asking. It shows you’re proactive.

  • Research the Responsibilities: Dive into the dynamics of your role and responsibilities. 

  • Team Analysis: Get a fix on your teammates. Where do they fit into the big picture? What’s their endgame? What can you learn from them?

  • Know People: Take time to get to know people, their company roles, and how the system works. 

Coach Finbarr Buckley offers this advice, “From the very start, do your best to deliver exceptional work and demonstrate reliability. By consistently delivering high-quality work, you gain the trust and respect of your colleagues and superiors, establishing yourself as a reliable and valuable member of the team.”

Build your skills and familiarity in your role and do the best work possible. Whatever your future career goals are, there’s no better foundation for building on than this.


Building Relationships: The Social Ladder

Okay, we’ll retouch this one because it’s the best key advice you need. Professional relationships are the cornerstone of career success. 

Coach Buckley says, “Try to develop strong connections with colleagues: Building positive relationships with your colleagues is essential for both personal and professional success. Strong connections create a sense of belonging, foster open communication, and establish a network of support within the company.”

So, how do you build them?

Networking: Plant the seed with a smile and a hello.

  • Get to know your coworkers, and attend those team lunches.

  • Attend company events and engage in workplace groups.

Open Communication: Keep those conversations a-flowin’.

  • Seek feedback, share your insights, and ask for help when needed.

Be Approachable: Warm and friendly vibes go a long way.

How about a mentor?: Having a mentor is like having your career’s very own guardian angel. Seek out someone whose experience and wisdom can guide you onward and upward.


Delivering Results: Staying Focused

Becoming a pro is all about getting results, and since you’re starting in your new role, you need to prove yourself and your value to your company. 

That said, how can you stay focused in this attention-sapping world? Here are some tips to save the day:

  • Prioritize Tasks: Create a hierarchy of tasks. Important and urgent? Do it now!

  • Set Realistic Goals: Dream big, but keep your daily goals achievable and manageable.

  • Organization Tools: Embrace these digital buddies to keep your work life neat and tidy.

  • Take Breaks: All work and no play make things dull. Refresh, reset, and then conquer!

Stay focused. Results will follow suit.


Continuous Learning: The Growth Mindset

As a pro, your learning never stops. 

This is known as a growth mindset, where you actively and consistently keep learning and growing into the best version of yourself. Keep your knowledge tank topped up, and don’t dismiss information as irrelevant or unneeded.

According to Coach Buckley, “This proactive approach demonstrates your commitment to understanding your role, mastering new tasks, and becoming a valuable asset to the team.”

Here’s what you can do to build your growth mindset muscle:

  • Seek Feedback: Don’t view it as criticism. It’s your personalized improvement guide.

  • Self-Development Activities: Be the author of your growth story. Pick a few topics you’re interested in and explore them.

  • Workshops and Webinars: Learning from experts is a great way to expand your knowledge base. And they can be a great way to meet new people, so it’s a double win!

  • Follow Industry Trends: Stay in tune with the industry’s heartbeat. What’s new? What’s next? Explore websites and trade publications or attend industry conferences or events. 

Remember, your brain is a muscle. Train it well.


Conclusion: Shining in Your New Role

So, let’s regroup – you’ve embarked on this exciting journey. From exploring your role to building relationships at work, staying uber-focused, and learning like your life depends on it, you’re no longer the newbie you once were.

Now, take a moment, straighten your back, lift your chin, and own this role! You’ve got everything it takes to shine. 

Better yet, you’re now one step closer to becoming a pro. Go rock that career!

And if you need support while transitioning into your new position, don’t forget to contact a TaskHuman Coach. We’re here to help!


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