Many of us go through job transitions. Sometimes it is a choice, sometimes it is forced. It can be exciting, scary, frustrating and rewarding – all at the same time! I have gone through many job transitions in my career, and I am in the midst of one right now. I just happened to have started a new job about two months ago. This week I want to share with you my plan for making this current transition my best one yet.
First, let me give you a bit of background about this recent job transition of mine.
After about 2 ½ years as an engineering manager for a large global team, I recently took an individual contributor role as a business operations manager in an exciting new area. I am still with the same company – but, in an entirely new job. As I was leaving my old role, a number of people asked me what exactly my new role was all about. I said it was a in a new business area that the company was starting, and I was going to be part of a small team helping to drive its success. Beyond that, I had very little idea of exactly what was in store for me. Now, some of you out there may think I was nuts to just jump into something so ambiguous. But, what attracted me was the ability to work on a large program with huge business impact and being part of a small team that was in the center of this storm. It sounded risky, exciting and different from the things I had done in the recent past. And, I was ready for it.
So, I jumped off the diving board, and plunged into the water.
So two months into the job now, I can honestly say that what I am doing is challenging, intellectually stimulating and fast paced. I feel like I run a hundred miles every week and cover a lot of ground. It is exciting. But, I know I am not yet making the difference I would really like to make. I still have a long ways to go!
There are days when I don’t know whether I am in a giant pool, a lake, a fast running river or the ocean. The dive has taken me for a deep plunge, and I am making some headway. I have not reached steady state, but the ride so far has been exciting, rewarding, frustrating, challenging and fun. It has certainly gotten me out of my comfort zone – which is what I wanted.
One thing for sure, I am putting all my past experiences into use in making this transition as successful as I possibly can. I think that is part of the reward for getting older and wiser J.
In this week’s series of blogs, I am going to tell you about my adventures in settling into my new role and some of the steps I have taken and plan to take in making this a successful job transition.
I would absolutely enjoy hearing from all of you who are in the midst of transitions or have experienced transitions. Share your feedback, thoughts and stories!