How long does it take to adjust to a new job?
March 7, 2005 4:14 PM Subscribe
How long does it take to adjust to a new job? I just (4 days ago) started a new job and I feel like I'm in outer space, or the 13th level of hell, or something, but this has to improve, right? Any anecdotal or otherwise comments are helpful; right now, I think I'm drowning. I'm sort of the only person there, doing marketing among other undefined things and I really need to know if feeling like a complete idiot is going to stop. I haven't changed jobs in a while, and I was thoroughly courted and headhunted, oddly enough, for this one, and it's significantly more money.
The job I have started is extremely amorphous. There isn't any job description; there isn't anything set in stone, it's all up in the air. All I know is that part of it is marketing, which was part of my last job, which was also kind of amorphous (art museum; communications, 4.5 years) but had more of a structure in place. The business comprises a vegetarian restaurant, a brewpub (lot of live music), and a microbrewery (with tasting room). There's a lot of talk about the "Big Picture" and not a lot about specifics. As far as I can figure out (my ability to speak & translate hippie is what may have gotten me the job and save me yet) I think I'm supposed to be my boss when he isn't there. I'm pretty organized, capable and calm under fire - eventually I will get some form of a handle on this, I hope - but how long is it likely to take? Anyone ever moved from a kind of defined job to a non defined job? How long did it take?