As a Career Transition and Onboarding Coach, Jenn specialises in working with leaders across the globe to confidently navigate the challenges of starting new leadership roles and giving them a strategic edge.

5 Top Tips to Set Yourself Up for Success While Starting A New Job

Congratulations!  After weeks (possibly months) of applications and interviews, all that time and effort, you have just accepted a new job.

During the “romancing” of the interview process, you shared your ideas, your vision, and what you could bring to the role.

They confirmed it was the right move, and would to take your career to the next level.

When you were offered the role it was a great confidence boost, however, as “Day 1” nears the excitement is mixed with fleeting doubts and worries.

Am I making the right move?

Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

Whenever we go through periods of change and growth, our deep-rooted fears and doubts come to the surface.  Helpful, right?

A few common fears we experience ahead of changing jobs:

  • Fear of change
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of being judged by others

We can even experience a fear of success!

So as uncomfortable as it can feel, remember – it is totally normal.

That inner-monologue is a sign you are about to embark on something new and bold… and the alternative is staying put, and safely in that comfort zone.

Now, what fun would that be?

So, acknowledging this fact is step one in conquering your thoughts.  Then on a practical level there are a few things you can focus on to approach your transition relaxed, and with an inner-confidence that you will make it a success.

5 tips for a relaxed and confident transition:

  1. Get comfortable with the discomfort, everything is challenging and a little uncomfortable the first time… it will pass.
  2. Focus on building strong relationships and a support network early.
  3. Identify the elements of the role that are “new”, so you can close your learning/knowledge gaps up front
  4. Get clarity around your role, responsibilities and what is expected of you in your first 3 months.
  5. Make a “transition plan” of your approach to your first months and laying the right foundations; everything feels better with a plan!

As a career transition coach, who has helped over a 1000 people make bold moves in their careers over the years, I have observed that those who approach their transitions in a structured way go on to outperform others around them.

They close their learning gaps earlier, make a positive impact faster, get promoted again quicker and they are less burnt out!

Most of the time people approach their transition with a “winging it” mentality, then wonder why their first months are so painful.

However, if you can approach your transition with the tips above you will absolutely be on your way to feeling confident, focused and supported early on, which will give you the best chance of success… without the overwhelm!


Approaching new jobs “strategically” now, will absolutely make it easier for you in the long-run as transitions become more complex; giving you confidence in your capacity to learn and grow into the most challenging of roles!

Jenn Fenwick

Career Transition & Leadership Coach