By Erik Oswald ’04

Transitioning to a new job, organization, or industry is an exciting yet daunting process. However, there are a few strategies you can use to successfully begin the next chapter of your career.

First, be sure to thank everyone who helped you in the process of getting your job. Perhaps a contact provided you a referral, or you conducted an informational interview with an ND alum at the organization. Also, update other existing connections with a quick note about your new job to “ignite” or “reignite” the relationship, especially if they are in your field. Maintaining a positive network is key to long-term career success. 

In the time leading up to your start date, check to see if your new employer provides you with a formal mentor during the first year or 90 days. A mentor can help ease your transition, particularly to the socio-cultural norms of your new organization and city. If not, seek one out on your own. Ask your supervisor to facilitate a connection with one or more colleagues who could help you settle into your role. 

Moving to an unfamiliar city can be intimidating as well. Finding social connections will be important for replacing your former support systems. For example, someone moving to Baltimore could utilize IrishCompass to identify and connect with domers in their new city or seek out local young professional groups, or runners and fitness enthusiasts could look into the Baltimore November Project club as a way to meet new people.

Finally, don’t forget about the Alumni Association Communities, Clubs, and Groups, which are fantastic ways to stay connected with friendly faces around the country and world.


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