A new calendar year is always a time for some self-reflection and, for many people, that results in quitting a bad habit, heading to the gym, or looking for a change of pace in their career.
If you are among the hordes of employees destined for new things in 2017, here are some of our suggestions on how to prepare for your new job.
- Be money-ready
If you’re fortunate enough to already have some money in the bank even after the expense of Christmas, try to keep some of it set aside.
There can be costs associated with starting a new job – such as buying new suitable clothing, or season tickets for bus and rail services – and it may also take some time for your first pay cheque to arrive.
Make sure you know all of your bank account details so that the payroll department can get you set up to receive your salary without delay.
- Know your role
If you’ve reached the point of being hired, you probably have a pretty clear understanding of the job you’ll be doing, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
You might want to contact your new manager ahead of time to find out what will be expected of you in your first few days.
That way, you won’t be caught off guard by the pace of your new job, and either feel rushed when you are still learning, or like you are taking baby steps into a role you could do with your eyes closed.
- Think ahead
It’s a cliched interview question, but where do you see yourself in a year’s time? Or three years, or five.
By thinking ahead now you can already start planning for the future of your career, whether that means keeping your CV up to date for when you’re ready to move again, or looking for promotion or personal development opportunities in your new job.
- Be optimistic
The first day in a new job can be nerve-racking but assuming you actually want the job, it should also be a positive and exciting day.
As the honeymoon period starts to wear off, try to remember that positive feeling and apply it to your work, especially on the first harder days that come your way.
Over time, an optimistic outlook should also keep your eyes open to new opportunities and ways to contribute both within and beyond your role.
- Dress for the weather
If you haven’t had a January morning commute in a while, remember it’s likely to be cold, wet and dark.
Layers are a good way to keep warm, as well as giving you a wet outer layer you can easily discard when you arrive at work to reveal a crisp and dry uniform or suit underneath.
Sturdy but smart footwear is a good investment too – ankle boots with good grip are often a sensible option – while if you will be walking or cycling in the dark, reflective clothing strips and bike lights should help you complete your commute without incident.