By Alessia Marsiglio | BA International Affairs ’15
Just a few weeks after the GW commencement on the National Mall, I moved to the UK and joined CEB as an Account Management Associate. Ever since then, I have grown immensely and taken away so many valuable lessons about the business world and life in general! Exactly a year later, I’m happy to share some of the best tips I’ve learned and would give anyone looking to maximize their first 90 days in a new job.
- Be attentive
Remember to interact with everyone you come across. Simple things like shaking everyone’s hand and making an effort to remember people’s names can go a long way!
- Get out there!
You will have plenty of opportunities coming your way when you immerse yourself in a new office and role. When someone asks you to join them for lunch, your neighbor asks you for a quick favor, or you have the opportunity to participate in a company-wide event, be willing to put yourself out there and get involved.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
As a new person to the office, team, and company, it’s normal to have many questions. In fact, over the first few weeks, you may find yourself questioning more and more things. This is normal and understandable, so don’t be afraid to ask those questions. Take advantage of the fact that this is the time when people are most willing to help.
- Find your support system
Like any change in life or new experience, there will always be highs and lows. Be sure you make an effort to get to know the people with whom you work. After all, you will be spending the majority of your time with them. It’s important to find a group of people with whom you can celebrate your successes and also lean on during challenging times. Take the time to build friendships and find people you admire who can become your mentors. These relationships are crucial to your professional development and overall happiness wherever you work!
- Make a plan of action
When you start a new job, it’s often easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and only focus on the day to day. However, it’s actually never too early to think long-term. Take the time to sit down with your manager to understand career progression opportunities within the organization and where you can fit in the longer term. Of course, this is subject to change, but being conscious of the path your development must take will help guide you, not to mention show real dedication to those around you.
- Don’t dodge KPI’s
KPI’s or Key Performance Indicators are one of the most dreaded aspects of many roles. This is essentially how your company and boss will be assessing your performance and impact on the organization. This may sound daunting, but if you ask and inform yourself clearly about your KPI’s and what is expected of you early on, this will help you immensely and be a source of motivation.
- Learn from the best
When you are new to an organization you will most likely have many chances to shadow some of your coworkers with more experience. Whether this is part of your onboarding or not, take a moment to decide who are some of the top performers that you would like to learn from and go ask them for advice. Actively seeking out opportunities to learn from the best will help set you up well from the start and certainly will help you learn faster than by figuring everything out on your own.
This may seem like a small detail, but people tend to be drawn towards and remember a friendly face, so smile and exude positivity!