You're a New professional - Build Social Capital

So you did well in high school and got through college.  Maybe you skipped college or haven't worked in a professional setting before.  Now that you have landed a job or internship in the professional world you will be exposed to a new culture.

You can read this article on Jezebel directed at new interns in a professional setting. The authors provide insights on reading the social cues of a new environment.  Some people learn this information on the job, from family members, or in the media. The access to knowledge from networks is valuable and considered social capital.

One point that came up is the strong encouragement to ask questions rather than being fearful of authority. In general, when starting a new career, the quicker you can ask questions and get information, the quicker you can find success.

If you haven't asked at least 5 questions about your role at the company in your first week, then you're not learning and probably not being productive.  You might observe anxiety as a barrier. If you're feeling this anxiety, then it might be time to get some extra help from a coach or therapist.

By doing so you will have:

  • identified your ineffective communication patterns
  • received feedback on your social and nonverbal cues
  • explored your own cultural values and used them as a strength
  • utilized professional services for long-term improvement
  • saved a lot of time in your career by learning to avoid mistakes
  • increased your focus for successful productivity
  • established and learned to sustain valuable professional relationships

There is no age that is too old to begin this process. In fact, regular meetings will help you interact with your boss and co-workers in the most efficient way.  You build your social capital and the ROI on coaching and psychotherapy when you are truly invested is limitless.