By: Priscilla Nduro, Consultant
Navigating your way through any new life experience can be challenging. Unfamiliar territories can often cause stress, nervousness and excitement — all at the same time. This is no different when starting a new career at Gartner and adjusting to your new environment. A new career presents changes to lifestyle and day-to-day routines while creating an avenue for growth, development and success. Most new hires aim for a strong, positive beginning; however, human emotions and fear of the unknown can occasionally stall a successful transition.
Here are a few tips and insights I gathered when I started my career as a new (nervous) consultant at Gartner, which might help your transitioning process as a new hire here as well.
Give yourself time to learn your new role
As the old proverb goes, “You must learn to crawl before you can walk.” Thus, aim to make the first few months at Gartner your “crawling” or adjustment period. New work environments are typically accompanied by new processes, systems, frameworks, methodologies and culture. Essentially, there is a lot to learn and familiarize yourself with. Give yourself the necessary time to thoroughly study and absorb all the tools and skills needed to succeed in your new role.
For example, there are different frameworks and methodologies used in consulting engagements. As a learning mechanism when I first joined Gartner, I prioritized the different frameworks and spent a few hours each week conducting research, looking at prior deliverables and even watching YouTube tutorials.
This period also requires learning and adjusting to Gartner’s culture. As abstract and intangible as it sounds, culture is something you can learn. Before you start at Gartner, conduct research about the company and talk to the people you met during the recruiting process to get their views on the culture.
After you start your job, staying engaged in community events and activities is another way to learn and adjust to the culture. I attended an event prior to my start date and continued to attend most community events after I started, providing a holistic perspective on Gartner’s culture and aiding with my adjustment.
Introduce yourself, then introduce yourself again
Gartner makes it easy to meet people. There are many community activities and events that take place throughout the year. During your adjustment and learning phase, attend as many of these events as you can to meet people. Additionally, always introduce yourself to new people you meet at these events and at the office. Learn their names, their roles, their past work experiences, their upcoming projects, and most importantly, always offer to help. Within consulting, for example, there are ample opportunities to support engagement managers and managing partners on ongoing or upcoming projects and deliverables.
A pivotal element of transitioning as a new hire is setting goals that enhance your development and cultivate success. Within your first month of starting, set some time with your manager and/or counsellor to understand overall expectations. Use this time to also ask questions and clarify any apprehensions or confusion about your role and day-to-day tasks. Knowing what is expected of you will help you with setting and achieving goals.
Ask for help and feedback
One of the best aspects about working for Gartner is the team-oriented environment and employee support. Everyone is always willing to help, so ask for assistance when you need it. When you find yourself in those moments of uncertainty about your role or how to complete a task, always lean on your colleagues and teammates. Within consulting, for example, everyone is always willing to spend time with you to teach and socialize new concepts and ideologies. You will learn early on that teamwork is the key to success at Gartner.
While learning to ask for help, it is equally important to also ask for feedback. Meet with your manager and teammates and ask for performance feedback. This process allows you to understand your progress and development within your new role, as well as help adjust your goals and find new avenues for improvement.
Throughout the transition period, there will be times where you might be worried that you will never succeed or meet your goals. Give yourself the space to grow, and provide yourself with small rewards and accolades that allow you to pick yourself up in those moments of doubt. Always remember that development is a continuous process.
As time passes, you will eventually finish crawling and begin walking. The nerves, uncertainties and stress of starting at Gartner as a new hire will disappear and you will set yourself on the path to success.
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