At the Professional Development Center of Glendale Community College, there’s nothing we love more than when people who participate in our programs find meaningful, rewarding jobs in an industry they’re happy in. Whether it’s manufacturing, aerospace, engineering, or machining, having the skills necessary to get a great job is the goal.

Your continuous improvement is important, and developing your own leadership skills can help you to succeed in any work environment. The truth is that every job will take a bit of time to settle into though. At the PDC, there’s nothing we love more than sharing our knowledge, and that’s why in today’s post, we’ll be providing readers with a few tips for getting comfortable in a new work environment. Although it can be intimidating, it’s easier than you think! Keep reading to learn more.

How to Get Comfortable in a New Job

Make Your Space Your Own

One of the absolute best things you can do when starting a new job is to find a way to add some personality to your work area. We understand that not everyone will be able to do this, and different jobs will have different demands, but if there’s anything you can do to start making your work space your own, take advantage of it.

It can be as simple as taping up a photograph of yourself and a loved one or adding a plant to your desk. At the end of the day, there are plenty of options for making your work space comfortable for you, but the benefit is that even in the midst of an unfamiliar job environment that comes with new challenges, you’ll have a space of your own to help keep you grounded, and that’s invaluable.

Find Your Rhythm

When you start a new job, one of the biggest challenges can be to figure out the vibe of the company you’re working for. This is particularly true if you had been in your previous job for quite some time. For example, if your previous employer was very hands-on, scheduling out your day for you and telling you when to take breaks, that’s the routine you get into. If your new job requires you to be a self-starter…well, that can be a hard change to navigate!


Our advice is to take notes, observe your coworkers, and write out your own daily schedule. It’s okay to be overly dedicated to planning out your day at the beginning. Before you know it, you’ll be able to find a rhythm that works for you, and what once felt unfamiliar will soon feel like second nature. The best thing you can do if you’re feeling like you’ve been thrown to the wolves at a new job is to just stick with it. In time, you’ll know what works best and you’ll become an asset to your new employer.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions

It can be incredibly tempting to keep your head down at a new company for fear of sounding like you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s the truth — you might not know what you’re doing, and that’s okay. In most instances, your new employer didn’t hire you because he or she thought you’d know everything there is to know about your job right away. Instead, you were hired because you interviewed well, you have knowledge about your position, and you have a good personality.

Although it can be intimidating to start with, one of the smartest things a person can do at a new job is to ask questions. After all, you don’t want to fake it for so long that you end up knee-deep in a job that you don’t really understand. Instead, take the opportunity to learn when you don’t have the information you need. Your employer will see your ability to put yourself out there, and you’ll develop a crucial skill when it comes to continuous improvement. After all, the best way to keep getting better is to continue learning.

Custom Training Programs to Suit Your Unique Needs

At the PDC of Glendale Community College, we create custom programs to address your company’s needs. We’ve been in our line of work for over three decades, and in that time we have advanced the skills of over 34,000 employees from nearly 5,000 different companies. In other words, our courses offer everything you need for professional development, and we can customize our training programs to suit you.

Whether your goal is to enhance productivity, boost employee performance, or become a better employee yourself, we’d love the opportunity to help! With plenty of great scheduled courses to choose from and the ability to customize a program, no matter your goals, we have you covered. Browse our courses above or contact us today with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!