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What To Do When Your New Job Is Sooo Not What You Expected

Sep 12, 2022
What To Do When Your New Job Is Sooo Not What You Expected

What To Do When Your New Job Is Sooo Not What You Expected


When you get a job offer, it's exciting. You've worked hard and now you have the opportunity to be paid to do what you love! But what happens when that new job isn't what you expected? Maybe it doesn't feel like a good fit or maybe the work is just too boring or frustrating. If this happens to you (and it will happen to everyone at some point), don't panic! There are steps you can take to reconnect with your goals and get excited about learning again.

Give it time.

Give yourself time to adjust. And then give yourself more time.

It's easy to be overwhelmed in a new job and/or industry, especially when you're not sure what your role is or how you're supposed to do it. Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek out help from other people who might know more than you do—and don't be afraid of being seen as incompetent if that's what happens. It's important not only for your own sake but also for your employers that everyone understands their roles clearly so they can act accordingly in their jobs and make the most of their careers and lives overall.

Ask for feedback.

Now that you've been on the job for a while, it's time to ask for feedback. This is an important step in making sure that you're doing well. You can ask your manager or supervisor, but it's also good to ask people outside of work as well. Ask your peers and customers (if there are any), vendors, team members, family members, and friends (who knows? They may be able to provide some useful insights).

Remember, this is your choice.

Remember, this is your choice! You made the choice to accept this job. You can choose to stay or leave as you wish. You can choose to make the most of the situation, and use it as an opportunity for personal growth and success. Don't forget that happiness is a choice too!

Talk to a mentor.

Mentors are a great resource for finding the best way to stay focused on your goals. They can help you:

  • Stay focused on what you want (as opposed to what someone else wants)

  • Learn how to learn within your new environment

  • Find opportunities for learning and growth at work, even if those opportunities aren’t strictly related to your job description or skillset

Go back to your goals.

When you're faced with a job that's not what you expected, it's important to take a step back and look at the big picture. Remember why you wanted this job in the first place. Think about what you've learned so far, and what progress you have made on your goals. Look at what has been achieved so far, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

Find opportunities to learn.

  • Find opportunities to learn.

  • Talk to people.

  • Find a mentor.

  • Look for opportunities in your new job that you can use as a chance to grow, even if they're not exactly what you expected when you started out. For example, maybe there's a project that isn't quite what it appears on the surface, and if you dig deeper into it, there's actually some valuable insight or experience waiting for you at its core that would be applicable elsewhere in your career path—even beyond this particular job! It may take some digging on your part (and maybe even some help from an outside source), but this type of opportunity is often worth pursuing because it helps build skills outside the scope of whatever tasks were originally assigned to them: being resourceful; delivering results under pressure; learning how things work behind closed doors...

Seek out people and projects that you're excited about.

  • Seek out people and projects that you're excited about.

If your new job isn't what you expected, it can be easy to spend all of your time in a funk, dwelling on how things aren't working out the way they should. But try this instead: find ways to get excited about the work you're doing. If there's something you already enjoy doing at your job—even if it's not part of your formal responsibilities—do more of it! Volunteer for projects that excite you, or ask for opportunities outside of normal business hours or during weekends. Find like-minded coworkers and talk about ideas for improving the processes that are already in place at work; brainstorm ways to improve customer satisfaction or streamline procedures so employees have more time for their own projects.

At first glance this may seem unproductive - why would I want to do more stuff when my job is already overwhelming? - but here's why: once things start going better at work (and they will!), these connections will make all the difference between staying in an unsatisfying position and looking forward to coming into each day with renewed energy

There are ways to re-connect with your goals and get excited about learning again

  • Talk to your mentor. If you're lucky, your new job will come with a mentor who can help you navigate the challenges of learning something new. This person should be able to give advice and feedback on what you're doing well and what areas need improvement.

  • Talk to your boss or manager about your goals for the future—and ask for their help in getting there! They could provide mentorship opportunities or connect you with other people at work who have similar interests or skillsets to yours.

  • Connect with peers outside of work: if they're interested in what they do, chances are they'll be happy to share how they got into this line of work and what keeps them excited about it every day!


We hope you find these tips helpful the next time you start a new job and it doesn’t meet your expectations. Remember, it’s your choice to stay at this job, so don’t let anyone else tell you what to do! You can always go back to your goals if need be, or even change jobs if that's what it takes for happiness in life.

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