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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Coppola

Why do we feel nervous on the first day of a new job?

The emotions that you go through and how hard it can be to get back into the workforce especially if you have been out of work for quite some time.

It is a big change and can be a stressful period in one’s life. Like the emotions involved in moving houses, changing jobs is just as stressful, if not worse.

But why do we feel nervous on the first day on the job?

There is a number of reasons why we feel nervous on the first day. It was extremely nerve racking, so why not organise to go and visit the new workplace before a job starts, say the day before, so then in the morning you won’t be stressed and will know exactly how long it will take to get to work and where to park.

Another reason for being nervous is because everyone knows each other and has built up this team culture and this can make you feel so comfortable around each other. What you must realise is that they aren’t going to change to fit in with you, you have to change to fit in with them.

Make sure that you introduced yourself to everyone in the office and join in with the conversation and laughter the team is having. When you make the effort to be part of the team culture, they will make the effort to warmly welcome you.

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

The biggest reason we get nervous on the first day is that it means change for us and moving away from what we are familiar with. In Psychology, we learn that the brain loves the familiar. When we move out of our comfort zone it can create a real shock to our brain.

For instance, why is it that we always feel comfortable in our own bed than in someone else's? So, to really 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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