Sunday, December 9, 2012

Shifting Gears on the Job Front

The welcome sign at my desk.
This week I wrapped my first week at the new job. From my view point it was good. I met new colleagues and quickly began to get acclimated to my new environment. I was treated to lunch with my new communications team, which I really appreciated. I still have a pretty big learning curve ahead of me but I'm confident that all I need to know will eventually become second nature once I get used to the new company policies and procedures.

In retrospect I'm glad I had last week off to mentally prepare for the change. I was in my last position for seven years. That was my longest work stint with an organization and leaving the position was bittersweet. Despite having time off, I still had work to do. I had to finish an assignment for my strategic communications class, an exit interview with my previous employer, concluded personal professional coaching sessions (also very helpful), attended a social media training sponsored by PRSA in New York City facilitated by Eric Schwartzman. The social media workshop with Eric was intense (in a good way) and I found it very helpful. Even though I've been using social media, it was good to drill down and see how experts use it strategically in public relations and media work. I highly recommend the training.

I'm in an optimistic zone at the moment. I feel good about where I am at in life and where I am going. I'm thankful that I'm in a place where I can embrace the changes that I'm personally experiencing. I have a lot to be grateful for. The fact that I landed a job before I was laid-off is a real blessing. I now have the opportunity to learn a new area of work and enhance my skill sets as a communications professional. As 2012 comes to a close I'm energized about 2013 and what it will offer. I have a lot planned by professional and personally. My gears on the job front have shifted and in review I had a good first week on the job.