Setting yourself up for success in a new job with Olivia Adams

Setting yourself up for success in a new job with Olivia Adams

In Venturesome’s first-ever duo episode, Olivia Adams joins me for a conversation about being successful in a new gig — whether it’s an internship or a full-time job. Through our conversation, you’ll hear our tips and tricks for standing out the first few days, weeks and months.

Also, if you’re interested in the Brené Brown episode referenced during our conversation, you can listen on her website or find it on Spotify. The episode is #1 on Unlocking Us and it’s titled Brené on FFTs.

Rachel and Olivia painting at a Wine and Canvas event in 2017A bit of background: Olivia and I first met through Twitter and our friendship is a great example of how you can go from social media connections to friends to colleagues to confidants. Olivia also hand-lettered “Venturesome” for the podcast! On the day we recorded this episode, I was offered a new job and have since started in my new role. 

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Workplace Trauma & Working Through Fear with Dr. Tega Edwin, @HerCareerDoctor

Workplace Trauma & Working Through Fear with Dr. Tega Edwin, @HerCareerDoctor

Dr. Tega EdwinDr. Tega Edwin, also known on social media as @HerCareerDoctor, helps women who are unhappy at work get clarity about who they are so they can find a satisfying, fulfilling career. 

In our interview we talk about coping with workplace trauma and toxic stress, and working through fear. She also talks about how the collective trauma of the pandemic and the racial unrest of 2020 are affecting people emotionally, especially people of color. 

The Devil You Know

Dr. Edwin often hears people say “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know” when it comes to work. 

Tweet screenshot from @HerCareerDoctor: Too many women underestimate the impact previous work trauma has on their decisions to stay in an unfulfilling career that's currently making them unhappy.

The devil you know is still a devil, she says. 

I loved this phrase because so often we are paralyzed from making a change in life because we’re comfortable. And, we’re afraid that by making a change that we’ll make things worse. 

Years ago, one of mine was a job. I was extremely comfortable at Central Michigan University. I had built strong relationships and was proud to work at my alma mater. However, as I began to burn out from the high turnover on our team and the always-on nature of being a social media manager, I started to consider how the pain of staying might be worse than the discomfort of taking a risk and leaving. 

Three months after my realization, I had a job offer in hand that would require me to move to start a role at a private university. It was scary for a lot of reasons. I had to build trust and credibility with new people and learn the differences between public and private universities. I even had to rent an apartment while my husband stayed in our home as we prepared to sell it.  

Your devil might be staying in your hometown. It might be a job that no longer fits you. It could be your boss, who isn’t ideal but you have worked with long enough to predict their needs. It could be a relationship that is no longer supportive. What are some of your devils? What are the fears that are holding you back? 

Connect with Her Career Doctor

The heart of being a venturesome professional is taking risks, even when it’s hard. Dr. Edwin offers inspiring, though-provoking content on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @hercareerdoctor. 

I’d also encourage you to check out her Fulfilling Career Guideand, if you’re seeking clarity on finding a career that fulfills you, check out her six-week small group coaching program

 

Women in the workforce

Central Michigan University’s College of the Arts & Media recently interviewed Venturesome’s host, Rachel Esterline Perkins, about her perspectives on public relations, her time at CMU and her experiences as a woman in the workforce. 

With permission from CMU CAM and interviewer Sarah Grandstaff, this interview has been shared as Episode 5 of the Venturesome Podcast. 

 

 

You can also watch the interview on YouTube:

 

 

Other interviews included:

  • Julia Sikora, a Traffic Producer/Reporter for the WWJ 24-Hour Traffic Center in Detroit
  • Sarah Opperman, retired VP of Public Affairs for Dow Chemical and a former chair of the CMU board of trustees
  • Sara Ketchum, line producer at CNN
  • Claire-Francis Sullivan, a New York City-based performer, playwright, and composer-lyricist