Starting off fresh in a new field can be extremely intimidating, particularly if you have no previous experience in the industry. In fact, we are listing the top 5 fears most executives in a junior position have, and the ways they overcome them.
1. No one needs junior professionals
Regardless which field you start your professional journey in, it can be difficult for an executive in a junior position, without work experience to find a job as it is easy to think that companies simply do not need junior professionals. However, it is important to realize that as the global IT market continues to grow, the need for more specialists at different levels also increases.
Although it may take time, it is vital to not give up and to keep applying at different companies until a job opportunity presents itself. You never know what you could discover on your recruitment journey.
2. "I don't have enough knowledge to work in this field, and I would look stupid and incompetent, especially in the eyes of my colleagues."
The fact is that everyone has to start somewhere and developing skills and experience takes time. Junior professionals are extremely important, particularly in newly established companies as the team is often looking to train their new recruits using methods that are specific to the company’s processes. In this case, experience is not the most important piece of the puzzle.
Every senior started off as a junior. In fact, it often takes 2 to 3 years to reach a position of medium seniority, and this happens after you consistently solve more and more difficult work tasks.
Fortunately, companies like BrainRocket usually assign a mentor to help the junior executive. However, if they do not, and you are having difficulty finishing a task in the allotted time, then ask your more experienced colleagues to help out. This will help you to develop your relationships in the company, while gaining key information to help you develop your skills.
3. “I am not improving at a fast enough speed.”
The phrase “practice makes perfect” can sometimes set unrealistic expectations, especially when you are just starting out in a position. We prefer to use the phrase “practice makes progress” because no matter where you are in your professional career, there is always room for improvement. This is particularly true in the IT sector, especially in light of new software updates and products that come out often.
4. "I'm not going to succeed!"
Your success depends entirely on you so working on yourself and your approach to problems is crucial. You need to adopt a more positive mindset that will help you find the solutions to the challenges that occur. You also need to remember that challenges will happen in every field but you are not alone. With determination and the appropriate mentorship, you will succeed.
5. I have a poor level of English."
It is important to learn English, especially when working for international companies. Taking English courses and reading often will help you better your understanding of the language. But again, you need to keep in mind that this takes time.
These are 5 common fears that most professionals have at some point, regardless of the company they work in. The key is one’s desire to learn more, and to ask questions. At BrainRocket, our teams offer the support and guidance needed for our employees to move forward. This rule applies to junior professionals as well as people who have been in the company for a while as we want to enable our staff to make the most of their professional experience by giving them the tools to succeed.
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