101 things about me

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Day three - where's the life-raft?

I had that feeling today like I'm swimming as hard as I can, but drowning despite my efforts.

It's day 3. 
It's a new job.

New rules.
New people.
New ways of doing things.
My expectations are high.

It's such a terrible feeling though, not knowing what I am doing... having to ask question upon question. Where assumptions are made that explanations are not required or verbal briefs are enough, when often they are totally inadequate.

I am missing the comfort and ease of my old job, but I know this is right. I know it takes time to settle in. This is change for the better. And this feeling is all about doing something new and being challenged.

And yet, I hate that feeling of gasping for air.
Shouldn't I be doing an easy backstroke by now?


trash said...

That really is an awful feeling. Moving from easy competence to stilted lack of knowledge. Give yourself a week and you will be freestyling with ease.

LesleyG said...

Very soon Day 3 will seem long ago. I am sure you're doing great!

Tim said...

Don't worry about asking lots of questions. Personally, I would prefer any employee who offers a litany of pertinent questions over one who just wobbles about ineptly. It shows they are engaged and want to do the best job they can. Employers value this quality. You can tell a lot about a person by the types of questions they ask. Same can be said for worthless answers. Take a note pad to jot down their answers. People will be far more coherent when their responses are being logged. :)

sosser said...

i can relate to these feelings. i admire your courage, jumping into a new position and waiting out the discomfort of the early days of a new job. soon, as you say, this will pass. but often, not as soon as we would like :)

Luhlahh said...

All in good time...

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