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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Coppola

That Nervous Feeling on the First Day of a New Job

First day on the job. Yeah, it's nerve-racking!

The emotions that you will go through from starting a new job or getting back into the workforce, especially if you have been out of work for quite some time, can be intense. It is a significant change and can be a stressful period in one's life. Similar to the feelings involved in moving houses, changing jobs is just as stressful, if not worse. But why is it that we feel nervous on the first day on the job?

There are several reasons why we feel nervous. Some examples are being late on the first day, knowing that everyone knows each other, and they have built up this team culture and feel comfortable around each other. The key to remember is that you must change to fit in with your new co-workers. Make sure that you introduce yourself to everyone in the office and join in with the team's conversation and laughter. Making an effort to be part of their team culture will help them to make an effort to welcome you warmly.

On the first day of a job, it helps to get involved.

We always feel nervous when starting a new job because it means changing and moving away from what we are familiar with. In psychology, we learn that the brain loves routine. So when we move out of our comfort zone, it can create a real shock to our brain. So to overcome the tensions and anxieties in starting a new job, we need to make an earnest effort to get to know our colleagues and show interest in the workplace environment and culture.



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