New job day! Hard to believe it’s here already. Starting a new job in September feels just like going back to school again. Even more so this time because of the unplanned sabbatical that the summer months have been. Summer vacation is over kids! Back to the desks we go.
New-school-year-jitters aside, I’m so excited to be joining R/GA! I’ve never worked for a company so large or so well-known within the design community. What I’ve gathered about their culture so far is that my new teammates value hard work, growth, and finding solid solutions to design problems. All things I value, so I think we’ll fit together well.
Any time I start a new job I like to take a moment to reflect on where I can grow during and after the transition into a new role. Here are a few of the things I’m going to strive for this time ’round:
1. Build that network. I’ve talked before about how my introverted nature can keep me from networking well before. While at R/GA, and surrounded by all the amazing talent gathered there, I want to push myself to make connections with as many people as I can.
2. Make new habits. One of the benefits of getting caught in the upheaval that happens when starting are new job is that normal habits get rocked and are more easily broken. I need to eat a real breakfast in the morning, cut back on my screen time before going to sleep, and make more time for taking care of my health this fall.
3. Practice what I preach. I’ve been spending a lot of time being concerned and upset about the state of design and tech culture, but not a lot of time doing anything beyond griping about it online. (Which, for the record, is fine! Sometimes you need to gripe.) I’d like to spend time this fall doing more doing here in my local community. One way of achieving this goal is helping other women explore technology with confidence, which is why I’m so excited about the Girl Develop It class I’m teaching at the end of the month. I’m actively looking for other ways to give back and help others grow in the coming months.
Making lists and setting goals always helps me feel more grounded and prepared for whatever lies ahead, which is a great way to start a new adventure.
What are your fall goals?