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New job vs. start of football season…

10th August 2023

Another blog article creating a tenuous link between careers and something seemingly unrelated? It’s what our marketing team do best! Chat round the office today was on the topic of how the new football season can have parallels with starting a new job… read on.

Just as the football season kicks off with excitement and anticipation, so does your journey into a new job. At Seven, we might not be experts at scoring goals on the pitch, but it’s what we aim for in your professional life. So, lace up your metaphorical boots, grab your virtual whistle, and let’s explore how you can use the lessons from the start of the football season to make your new job kick-off a winning one.

Pre-Game Preparation: Research is Key

Just like a football manager studies the opposing team’s tactics, you should research your new workplace. Get to know the company culture, its values, and its mission. This will help you seamlessly blend into the team, making you feel like you’ve been part of the starting line-up since day one.

Dressing Room Banter: Networking and Building Relationships

In football, the dressing room is where camaraderie is forged. Similarly, in your new job, take the time to interact and build relationships with your colleagues. Strike up conversations, attend office events, and become the Cristiano Ronaldo of office banter.

First Day Nerves: Embrace the Butterflies

Even seasoned footballers get nervous before a big match, and your first day at a new job is no different. Embrace those butterflies in your stomach. Remember, it’s just like your first free kick – aim high, give it your best shot, and watch the ball (or your career) soar.

Learning the Playbook: Training and Skill Development

In football, training is essential to refine skills. Similarly, use your initial days in the new job to learn the ropes. Seek out opportunities for skill development, attend workshops, and become the Messi of mastering new tasks.

Tactical Flexibility: Adapting to Change

Football teams often change tactics during a match, and you must be ready to adapt to change in your new role. Be flexible, open to learning new strategies, and remember that like a goalkeeper saving penalties, your ability to adapt can save the day.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Collaboration is Key

Just as a goal is the result of team effort, a successful project at work is the result of collaborative efforts. Embrace teamwork, share ideas, and assist your teammates like a striker setting up a perfect assist for a goal.

Half-Time Pep Talk: Self-Motivation and Reflection

At halftime, football managers deliver inspiring pep talks. Similarly, take a breather midway through your journey. Reflect on your achievements, set new goals, and deliver a pep talk to yourself – you’ve got this.

Celebrate the Wins: Milestones and Achievements

Football teams celebrate each goal scored, and you should celebrate your professional victories too. Whether it’s completing a challenging project or achieving a personal goal, revel in your successes and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.

Embracing Losses: Learning from Mistakes

Even the best football teams experience losses, and setbacks are a part of any job. Embrace these moments, learn from your mistakes, and bounce back stronger. Remember, it’s not the end of the season; it’s just a temporary setback.

Season-Long Stamina: Maintaining Your Professional Momentum

Just as footballers maintain their stamina throughout the season, sustain your professional momentum. Keep learning, growing, and challenging yourself, because your career is a marathon, not a sprint.

Now, go out there and score some career goals!

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