Starting a new job is one of the toughest things a person can do. This is especially true if you’ve left a place that you’ve been part of for a good chunk of your professional life.
Everything is new. New colleagues with new personalities, new products, new workflows, new requirements, new facilities. Everything.
The stress level is pretty high. While the interview process may have been thorough, the company still might not know what you really have to offer. You probably aren’t really sure of what they have to offer either. It will take some time to mesh their expectations of you with what you can actually do. It will take some time for you to learn what their actual expectations are.
Needless to say the first week at my new job was tough. Not only am I trying to handle all of the normal newness (people, procedures, facilities, products), but I’m also trying to learn Salesforce, all of its nuances (as a user and admin), its programming language and how to tie it to our products so that I can create a publicly available application.
I’m still confident I made the right decision in switching jobs. Change isn’t easy and I knew life was going to be a bit stressful for a little while. I just need to stay strong and power through the newness.