Sophie Rosie

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An introverts guide to navigating a career & surviving the workplace.

An introverts guide to navigating a career & surviving the workplace.

  As an introvert, navigating your way through your career, and sometimes just everyday in the workplace, can be quite truly overwhelming.  I always knew that I wanted to start my career at 18, but to be quite honest, it absolutely terrified me. I still remember the day of my first 'proper' interview so vividly - I was wearing a burgundy dress over a white shirt, with a black blazer and black heels for good measure. I looked a lot more put together than I felt. I had to somehow get myself through 3 interviews - one with a manager and two with directors. I was so nervous I actually thought I was going to be sick. But, thankfully, I did it. 18 year old me pulled through and I got the job!  But it didn't end there.  Then it was my first day in the office. And then there was my first internal meeting. And then the first time I had to meet with a client. And then your first review. And then having to attend a first networking event. And everything else that comes with having a job that makes any introvert just want to run out of the room and hide away forever.   Having been stumbling my way through all of this for over 5 years, I've managed to figure out a few tricks and ways to manage some of the anxieties that come with being an introvert in the workplace. Ways to keep daily life as stress-free as possible, and ways to utilise an introvert's strong points ( because let's face it, we're pretty awesome ) to survive the office.

As an introvert, navigating your way through your career, and sometimes just everyday in the workplace, can be quite truly overwhelming. I always knew that I wanted to start my career at 18, but to be quite honest, it absolutely terrified me. I still remember the day of my first 'proper' interview so vividly - I was wearing a burgundy dress over a white shirt, with a black blazer and black heels for good measure. I looked a lot more put together than I felt. I had to somehow get myself through 3 interviews - one with a manager and two with directors. I was so nervous I actually thought I was going to be sick. But, thankfully, I did it. 18 year old me pulled through and I got the job!

But it didn't end there. Then it was my first day in the office. And then there was my first internal meeting. And then the first time I had to meet with a client. And then your first review. And then having to attend a first networking event. And everything else that comes with having a job that makes any introvert just want to run out of the room and hide away forever.

Having been stumbling my way through all of this for over 5 years, I've managed to figure out a few tricks and ways to manage some of the anxieties that come with being an introvert in the workplace. Ways to keep daily life as stress-free as possible, and ways to utilise an introvert's strong points (because let's face it, we're pretty awesome) to survive the office.


T A K E   F I V E

This is something I've done ever since day 1, and until recently, I thought it was weird and just presumed I was only one that did it. But turns out, ~a lot~ of others do it, too.

I'm talking about just taking 5 minutes to go somewhere quiet if you need to. Go to the bathroom, or outside, or anywhere where you can just be by yourself. Offices can be such busy and loud places with so much going on, that it's totally okay if you just need a few minutes by yourself to re-charge, escape people, or just to give yourself a little pep-talk every now and again.

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Find a job that suits you.

N E T W O R K   O N L I N E

The idea of having to turn up at a networking event, go up to strangers and introduce yourself, and then make conversation with said strangers can be an introverts actual real-life nightmare.

Thankfully, we now live in a digital world that only continues to grow. Be active on social media and engage and interact with people in your industry, and of course, make sure your LinkedIn profile is as good as it can be.

Establishing online relationships is as easy as ever now, and those online conversations can often lead to real-life ones that aren't half as scary!

L I T T L E   S T E P S

This is a trick that I find really helps with everything, from having to get yourself through an interview, to simply completing daily tasks. Instead of thinking about it as one, big, scary thing that you have to get over, break it down into the smallest of steps.

You have to go meet a client? Okay. That's totally fine.
Step 1: Walk over to the office.
Step 2: Ask for them at reception.
Step 3: Greet them and say hello.
Step 4: Sit down and get out your laptop or notebook.
Step 5: Go through the agenda one point at a time.

And before you know it, the meeting will be over and you've got through it! Like I mentioned earlier, you can literally apply this to anything. If something scares you or is making you anxious, break it down into totally achievable steps that you know you can do. Trust me, this really works!

  P R E P A R E   Prepare, prepare, prepare. Prepare for your interview ( obviously ), prepare for meetings even if you're not leading them, prepare for your day, prepare for taking notes whenever you go and speak to someone, prepare for everything and anything in any way that you can and I can guarantee that you'll feel a whole lot better for it.   You may also be surprised how quickly you find that you don't need to prepare as much as you get used to everything and everyone around you. Meetings will start to not scare you as much and you'll get more confident in... *ahem*... winging it. 

P R E P A R E

Prepare, prepare, prepare. Prepare for your interview (obviously), prepare for meetings even if you're not leading them, prepare for your day, prepare for taking notes whenever you go and speak to someone, prepare for everything and anything in any way that you can and I can guarantee that you'll feel a whole lot better for it. 

You may also be surprised how quickly you find that you don't need to prepare as much as you get used to everything and everyone around you. Meetings will start to not scare you as much and you'll get more confident in... *ahem*... winging it. 

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F I N D  A  J O B  T H A T  S U I T S  Y O U.

I've worked for three different companies so far, two of them in the same industry, and trust me when I say - every office, job and employer is different. There are so many factors that can contribute as to whether a job is right for you or not - from office culture, to management expectations to just generally how you're expected to carry out and execute your job role.

My first job, wasn't very me at all. It was suited to far more extroverted people and I hated it. I spent 3 years living in a constant state of anxiety and it was terrible. And it was only when I finally made a jump, that I realised how much better I could succeed and do well in an environment that suited me better.

So, take notes during the interview and application process to decide whether a job would be good for you or not. For example, jobs with a requirement to pitch, make presentations or a meeting-driven culture is probably not for you if you're very introverted. Give yourself the best of starts and chances by finding a job that suits you and your personality.

I really hope someone out there has found this useful. Like I said at the beginning, offices can be really overwhelming places - but if I can navigate my way through them, so can you!

Do you have any other tips?

Soph

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