I have been the NEW person enough times in my young life to lose track. I moved a lot as a child that I semi knew what to expect being the new kid at school. In hindsight, moving was always bittersweet.
The good: leaving behind unpleasant people, exposure to change, new opportunities, expanding knowledge base, getting to meet new/awesome people, access to previously unavailable resources, starting fresh (learning from mistakes you once made), etc.
The bad: leaving behind awesome people, having to re-establish relationships, starting fresh (first impressions), learning unfamiliar things, having to change, making new mistakes, being the “low man on the totem pole”, etc.
Being the new kid at school is very similar to starting a new job. I have only been working (paying taxes) for the past 8 years, which is less than some of you have been at your current job, but I’ve held my fair number of positions throughout high school and college.
Being new will never get old.
It hasn’t yet.
Being new is really the concept of adjusting to change and since this world has a bazillion variables that could change, it is hard to adjust, and that is just human nature. It is also human nature that things that are hard are often not pleasurable and avoided, meaning that people usually avoid change, if possible.
The point to this story is that I started a new job at the beginning of the year and as with any new job, it has its pluses and minuses. Thankfully, it seems like most/all of the minuses are short-term. (To that, I ask myself; “how long is short-term?”)
It has been hard re-establishing myself. Although I only moved maybe 30 feet and I’m still with the same company (different division), there are a lot of differences! A whole new team and structure, different processes and procedures, new responsibilities, and the list goes on. It’s amazing I’ve worked in the same building with some of these people for 4 years and have never met or worked with them. I had someone say something to the effect of “since you’re new to the company, you wouldn’t understand”. It’s hard starting as the new person and lowest on the totem pole in my immediate group.
Again this time, I am learning many things I will change next time and many ways I won’t treat future new people. Stay tuned.