Career Development – Just Starting A New Job?

Career Development – Just Starting A New Job?

So you are one of the lucky ones. You did your homework, prepared well and wowed the interviewing panel. Now, you have what you wanted and you are about to start in a new position. So what will you do now to make this a success?

Making the perfect start in your new organization

What are those special things that you can do to make sure things turn out well?

Here are some tips;

  1. Get to know who counts in your new workplace. Who are the key decision makers? Make sure you know who needs to be kept on board
  2. Learn the culture of your new organization. Make sure you find out quickly how things get done. Every organization has its own particular style. Find out what it is here and how your personality and approach might fit in best.
  3. Work out for yourself some short term objectives and then work towards them – in due course make sure you agree the overall of objectives for your role with your new boss.
  4. Build up your connections and a new network of contacts, for example, colleagues, suppliers and customers; both within the organization and outside it.

Getting ahead in your new job

Even if you have only been in your job a little while, you will need to make you do not get stuck in a rut.

  1. You should explore the training and experience opportunities and make sure that you understand how appraisals are carried out. Does your organization have a career development program that you can join?
  2. Continue to nurture your network of contacts. Remember networks depend on reciprocity – what do you have to offer others.
  3. Think about how you can consolidate your position, make a contribution and then don’t wait till it is time to prepare for a move to think about what might come next.

Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at and find out more at


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