Wednesday, 24 June 2015
joining the jigsaw pieces of a new job
I have undergone an amazing transition in the last few weeks. A month ago I was a guru in my field. I knew every dentist and dental specialist in my vicinity. I knew who was good, who was great and who was indifferent. I knew the terminology, the appointment types, the item numbers and the costings and I could multi task several things at once. If you needed a goddess of all things dental I would have been a candidate for the job. Then I got bored.......
I stepped out of that comfort zone without a backward glance and then blithely stepped into a new field where I realized (slightly too late) that I knew virtually nothing....zip......narda!
Starting a new job in your usual area of expertise is a bit like starting a fairly easy jigsaw puzzle. The borders are in place and you just need to join up a few new pieces. Launching into a new job in a completely new field is more like starting a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle from scratch. Someone tips the box upside down and you have to find a way to connect the pieces and make sense of the bigger picture.
The first day of my new job was like being cast as Alice in Wonderland. The rabbit hole got deeper and deeper and I was going down and down and down into a completely different world - my mind felt like marshmallow and I honestly wondered a few times what I had gotten myself into.
So many new things to learn - new people, new computer programs, new terminology, new appointment schedules, new networks etc etc - my brain was spinning like a top by the time I left that afternoon. I staggered home, put on my softest, fluffiest pajama pants and socks - drank two cups of coffee, took two pain killers and ate a chocolate chip muffin. I updated my facebook status to reveal my bemusement and then felt somewhat better and contemplated returning the next day and not heading for the hills as I'd originally been planning!
Since then things have gotten a LOT better - you know when you sort the jigsaw puzzle pieces a bit and find a few that are the same colour and join up and you can see where they fit in the big picture? You know that you still have a long way to go but there is a general direction to head in. Well that has started to happen and I am beginning to get a clearer idea of what is expected of me and what the job actually entails.
I think I had been so bombarded with new information that I lost sight of the fact that it is actually quite a straightforward job and I am more than capable of doing it and making a good job of it in the process. As I get more 'hands on' with the appointments and the filing and the daily processes I am feeling a little less bewildered and a little more like my old self. Things have started making sense and linking up and the picture is beginning to emerge. There are still about 846 pieces to go, but at least I've made a good start.
The biggest and best indicator that it should all work out in the end is that everyone there seems to think I'm doing really well and I'm catching on more quickly than expected. It's nice to know that there is still some life left in this old brain and the challenge of a new job will certainly keep me on my toes for some time to come (if I live that long!)