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Intimidated by new job prospect - August 18th 2015, 07:26 PM

I have a job prospect that is honestly amazing. The interview went super well, so I have a really good shot at getting it. The only problem is that it is a small company, it's a new company, and I am the first in the role.

I am really intimidated by the amount of responsibility I would have. Like what if I mess up and everything goes down hill for EVERYONE. The job is basically management levelled and I'm just out of school. It's not like I have an insane amount of experience, I just have a bit of experience. I totally know I could handle the job, and I think I'd have a lot of support, but I'm also soooo worried about taking on more responsibility than I can actually handle because my failure will potentially affect the company negatively.

But I also don't want to bail on the position because of my insecurity and anxiety. It could be a really great position for myself and for the company. It would look so great to have worked at a startup and the company is so cool and offers a lot of growth opportunities.

But that brings up another problem. I plan to move in about 5 years. Is it unreasonable to join a new company when I'll boy be there for a few years? It's not like I have to plan to be there for a decade right....

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Re: Intimidated by new job prospect - August 27th 2015, 09:36 AM

Hey there,

I'm so glad to hear that your interview went well!

I understand that it must be very nerve wracking for you, especially since it's a new company and new job role. I hope that the company has been able to think of possible situations you might be placed in and the best way to handle things so that you aren't completely on your own.

I don't have experience in management level jobs, but as far as I'm aware, it works best when you are in a team, or at least talking things through with colleagues before making any decisions. This way you will have the chance to get other people's views, which you can then take on board to assess any risks before making a decision, so hopefully, nothing disastrous will happen. Also, find out how to contact other staff members as there is nothing worse than feeling isolated in a new job.

This job does sound like an amazing opportunity for you. Though you are just out of school and have little experience, perhaps you could find out if this company offers the chance to take part in any training courses, whether inside or outside of the company. Something along the lines of 'continuing professional development' training so that you can get more specific training for your position, which can help.

Personally, I don't think it's unreasonable at all, especially because you will be there for a few years. I'm sure the company would be glad to have you, no matter how long or short you stay, because for them, it's all new too. Many people, especially young people, may look for other jobs or different opportunities and that's usually expected.

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