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Anxious about changing jobs

Phil10

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I agreed to switch to another shop so I feel a bit anxious about the change has anybody got any tips?
 

MainerMikeBrown

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Phil, it's normal to feel nervous at a new job. But often people calm down once they get used to the job and gain some experience at it.
 

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Hi Phil. Anxiety about changing jobs is very understandable. Once you meet your coworkers and get into a routine you should feel more comfortable.
 

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I don't think their's hardly any people who don't feel nervous when starting out a new job. But chances are you'll calm down soon, Phil.
 

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I just did this myself.

I was working a job that I initially loved, over time however it became a burden, poor management, dwindling wages, idiotic new rules, and a high stress environment. I was having issues with anxiety and general unhappiness and I decided that a change was needed. I was apprehensive about making the switch and for the first few days of the new job I left for work in the mornings with some pretty strong anxiety but after a few days that stopped. Making this change turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m finally happy with work again, I’m making good money and I finally feel like I have a future. Im very thankful that I did it and you will be too.
 

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ChiliPhil, I think it's great that you left a job that you were unhappy at and got a more enjoyable job. Some people stick with the same job that they're unhappy with for much too long.
 

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I get nervous when I switch to a new job. Am I going to do well? Will I succeed? Will I mess up? It’s all new and you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out. I think it happens to nearly everyone.

what gets me through the first day/week is that I look back all of my past jobs. Eventually I went on to master that position and became very comfortable with it. Every time I figured it out and became successful in what I was doing.
 

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I get nervous when I switch to a new job. Am I going to do well? Will I succeed? Will I mess up? It’s all new and you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out. I think it happens to nearly everyone.

what gets me through the first day/week is that I look back all of my past jobs. Eventually I went on to master that position and became very comfortable with it. Every time I figured it out and became successful in what I was doing.
Very true.

I got through my first day but feel my first week will be better as by then I will have met everybody. And you are correct you can become very comfortable with the job I did my previous role for 4 years and I felt I needed a change. Change is scary though and I have felt anxiety about the change. Perhaps even after a few weeks the anxiety will settle?
 

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Great job Phil! You're teaching your anxious mind that the thing you were worried about is something manageable. Sometimes it seems to learn very slowly, but with little victory after little victory, I think change will come easier to you.
 

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So I took the job transfer as said a week or two ago closer to home so seems good move but I’m having doubts and regrets already as I have to work later and also my days off are no longer set days or days together. I’m finding it hard to adjust to the new surroundings I mean the goal was to beat the anxiety but have I made a mistake? Should I have stayed in my comfort zone? Sure there is some positives of the job like less till work but I am feeling down and anxious about the change. Every time I move I feel this way but I worry I should have stayed put? Perhaps this inner desire to push for goals and want more and more isn’t the best thing as I find being content a difficult skill?
 

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Good to know you are able to find positive about the job transfer. Of course there will be differences from your past position. Keep looking for more positives and remember you are still adjusting. It will take time.
 

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I'm facing a similar thing at my own work these days. I've spent the last 9 years working with the same people, doing interesting and challenging work (but the same work), and an opportunity has come my way that I'm moving on. Its caused a big resurgence in my anxiety (my psych and I worked that out recently), but one thing I've learned it to make decisions based on what's right for my family and my growth as a professional, and not out of fear. I worked out a set of values for myself that I believe move me towards the best version of myself, and I try to keep those priorities in mind. Its natural to feel unsettled and anxious in times like these (and moreso for those of us who are wired the way we are). As you gain familiarity with your new role, you should settle down and settle in. When your anxiety drops a bit, try to congratulate yourself on the courage it took to make a change. It beats the regret of passing it up.
 
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