1. A trusting and welcoming team can help create a sense of belonging and boost confidence and motivation.
  2. A high functioning team can facilitate the learning process and provide valuable mentorship and support.
  3. A sense of security and ability to cope with challenges are flow on benefits

Recently I switched professions from teaching to recruiting. It was a challenging yet exciting decision, and I was fortunate to find a team that was trusting and welcoming. From the moment I started, my colleagues were supportive and patient, they went out of their way to make me feel like I belonged. They answered my questions, provided guidance and mentorship, and made sure that I had the resources that I needed to succeed. As a result, my transition to my new profession has been much smoother and more enjoyable than I anticipated.

Moving professions can be a daunting task. It requires a significant amount of time, energy, and resources to switch careers, especially if you are moving to a field that is vastly different from your previous one.

One of the primary reasons why finding a trusting and welcoming team is crucial when moving professions is that it helps to create a sense of belonging. When you are starting a new job, it is natural to feel like an outsider. You won’t really have an understanding of the company culture aka ‘the way things are done around here’. When you are introduced to a team who displays genuine connections you’ll feel more at ease because you know you have their support. This sense of belonging can also help to boost your confidence and motivation because you will feel like you’re an integral part of the team.

I’ve also learned firsthand how much a trusting and welcoming team facilitated my upskilling and smooth onboard. No Stupid Questions is a confidence boosting team approach and I’ve quickly learned the industry jargon, the best practices and the most basic basic concepts. I knew the teaching professional well but I had little practical understanding of what a consultant did. Having a team that is trusting and welcoming helped me learn more efficiently, feel comfortable asking questions and seeking guidance.

A phrase I love to use is “fail well”. It is based around the idea that when you try and fail, learn from it. What you need to do is to quickly understand why something isn’t working and adapt. With a trusting team, their experiences will be shared with you; they want to see you succeed and will help you as much as they can. They guide you and show you where they went wrong so you don’t have to. My mentors have all given insight into how I can improve by using the lessons they learned.

Finding a trusting and welcoming team is essential when moving professions. It can create a sense of belonging, facilitate the learning process, and provide a sense of security. If you are considering switching careers, make sure to pay attention to the team dynamics and culture of the company that you are considering joining. It may take some time and effort to find the right team, but it is worth it in the short term and the long run.