Three new job fears you don’t need to worry about

If you’re like me, you probably think about your job for a fair portion of each day (whether it’s a workday, or not). You may want to do well, you have a problem you’re noodling over, or your curiosity just won’t let you stop considering some aspect of, skill, or task that you’re actively learning for your job. You may even be one of the folks with both a job and a side hustle – but you find yourself regularly noodling over one or the other.

These thoughts and feeling increase in intensity when you transfer from one job, company, or role to another. This is top of mind for me because about a month ago, I switched from an operating systems team to a security team here at AWS. (Remember, my opinions are mine, not my employer’s). I tell candidates as I interview them, and I tell new-hires as they join, that every team in every company is different from any other – but there are some universal themes that I’ll cover here, in these posts.

So, since it’s top of mind, today I’ll share three new job fears that you probably worry about, too, no matter what team you find yourself on.

  1. Imposter syndrome talking – will I do ok?
  2. Human tribal nature – will they like me?
  3. Choice economics – did I do the right thing, did I move to the right place, did I move at the right time?

And in my next post, I will share my personal coping mechanism for each “flavor” of fear!

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