Starting a new job.

It is often the start of a new year that people think about their career and moving on to pastures new. If you do take the plunge and take up a new job, you may be interested in how I took a strengths-focused approach to a past job transition.

I was about to start a new job and wanted to establish a strengths-focused process for transitioning to a new role, so as to ensure that I was performing at my best. I began the process by taking the Realise2 strengths questionnaire ( ) . I then reflected on my strengths that came back in the results, as well as the key strengths that I would need, in order to make a successful job transition. I felt that the key strengths for me in the job transition would be listener, service, rapport builder, humour, improver, resilience, strategic awareness and emotional awareness. Some of these were my natural strengths and some of them were a weakness, however, in order to perform at my best all of the strengths would be needed and to be developed during this transition.

Having prioritised the strengths to be developed and used throughout the transition, I took the approach of on a daily basis looking at what activities are planned for the day and then to assess what the appropriate strengths would be to use in given situations to create a situation-specific application of strengths. I was looking to test whether applying my strengths would result in a positive day at work and would allow me to meet my goals.

I felt that during the transition there were periods where my well-being, job satisfaction, and engagement were lower than I had hoped. I believed that this was as a result of having to meet extrinsic goals, which were set by my company. This may have been because these extrinsic goals weren’t in line with my values and it became apparent that I would need to set my own goals, so that I was able to achieve success that was meaningful to me. Intrinsic goals are ones that are set by the individual and that we are personally motivated for and are motivated by personal growth. In a work context, if a person is able to set a goal for themselves they may be more inclined to raise their efforts to achieve the goal and increase their expectations of themselves.

I was able to use my selected strengths to build rapport with new colleagues and clients, as well as beginning the process of deepening relationships. The strength of growth allowed me to learn more about people and the duties that I would be required to carry out in the job. This meant that I was paying attention and wanting learn. This was a key success of the transition, because I was engaged in the tasks at hand and I felt that this engagement led other people to feel listened to and cared for by me. I was able to utilise this success to meet and exceed extrinsic goals set by my company.

All things considered, I believe that a strengths-focused approach to a job transition allowed me to perform at my best quicker than I expected, as well as being able to integrate into a new work culture and build a successful rapport with a new group of clients.

Good luck in the new job!


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