They say the average adult will have over five different careers in one lifetime.
That's not five jobs - that's five major industry changes, moving in a different direction each time.
We find this prospect incredibly exciting.
Our culture is the thing we are most proud of as a business.
That means that when we see someone with the right culture fit and transferrable base skills we want to snap them up, regardless of what industry they have been in previously.
In fact, our mix of experience is something that makes us better. We all bring very different ideas and ways of thinking to the table.
But - it's daunting for the people making a change.
A leap into the unknown, whether it's to move into a different industry or start your own business takes guts.
But many people who have done so will tell you it's the best decision they've ever made.
Our team includes many who have done this before (just think, Brendon was in finance before Big Blue Digital - then Bosweb - started). We put together a little guide to navigating the waters of unchartered territory which will help make the transition a little easier.
Honesty is the best policy
While you may want to use your interview as the chance to show your confidence with absolutely everything - don't shoot yourself in the foot.
Explain where and why you believe skills are transferrable, and, the qualities that will serve you well in any role. Problem solving, Initiative, Creative thinking.
Relax. Take a breath. And don't trip yourself up early on, there’s nothing worse than being thrown in the deep end because you’ve said you’re capable of doing a task you have absolutely no idea about.
The Honeymoon Period
Now depending on the time frame between your previous job and your new one, the first few weeks may seem a little slow and all over the shop.
This is totally normal.
Don't get too comfy. The pace is about to pick up.
It's likely your managers have set this time aside to let you get a feel for the office, how the business operates, the programs you may be using, and the general gist of the job.
Use this time to absorb as much as you can. And be prepared for phase two.
Form a relationship with your manager
Remember, unless you're starring in a zany office comedy, the people around you want to be successful. This includes your manager.
You are not an inconvenience for not knowing certain things about the business. You are there to learn.
So speak up. Showing that you're willing to learn, and applying that learning, will be the fastest path to proving your value to the team.
A great action is for you and your manager to lock in a weekly catch-up. In this you can go over your tasks, your progress or even just for a general chit-chat. Remember to use these meetings to set goals (I'll have this done by next week), discuss roadblocks, and qualify expectations ('how long do you think this should take me' is an excellent question regardless what job or industry you're in).
Get to know your coworkers!
Great companies with great cultures - which we hope we're recognised for - welcome new employees to the fold.
As awesome as office culture is, you have to remember being at work still involves work, not just conversation. Be nice, be friendly, be yourself – but always remember that the best working relationships are based on respect and trust. And respect and trust are based on actions and performance, not just on words.
Prove yourself. Pitch in. Help out. Follow through. Meet every commitment.
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