Be responsible for your own career
You will be given opportunities, but it is up to you to take them. Take part in career fairs, business Town Halls, Lunch and Learns, etc. Not only are they informative, they’re also a great way to network and learn about new opportunities.
How can you create value in your team?
Make the most of your fresh perspective. Do you see time and resources being wasted in your new team? Are the processes ancient? Did your last employer do something better? Raise the issue with your manager. If you can make their lives easier, they’ll appreciate it!
Numbers are your friend
Team not buying your idea? Prove it with numbers. If you can show your workings using data, you’ll be far more convincing.
Bring solutions, not problems
If you have to take a problem to your boss, bring at least two solutions with you as well. This not only helps them to make a decision, but shows you to be independent and pro-active.
Take ownership of your training and development
Use the company training opportunities to your advantage, but don’t become reliant. Now more than ever it’s easier (and free-er) to take this into your own hands when training isn’t immediately available.
If you google ‘excel tutorial’, how many results do you get? Yep - it’s more than twenty million.
Change in big organizations is constant and many people try to avoid it. Usually you can’t stop it, so look at how you can make it work. If processes are moving into or out of your team, for example, how can you make that transition as smooth as it can be?
Don’t be scared to be a contrarian thinker, it gets you noticed when you think outside the box. (Just don’t get too wacky with it!)
Get a mentor
Having a mentor is a fantastic way to develop your skills and behaviors. Make the most of it by having a clear goal of what you want from the relationship when pairing up. Listen, ask questions and benefit from the experience of someone who’s been there and done that.