What To Do When You Are Overwhelmed At Your New Job?

For many of us, it is like a dream come true if we managed to score our dream job on our first try or if we found a good job offer. Once the job is secured, people believe it is alright to relax because nothing can stand in the way of your career.

However, this belief is false because once you begin your dream job, you will suddenly find yourself racing the clock to meet deadlines even if you have no idea how to do the tasks given to you. If you cannot keep up, the pressure of these overwhelming tasks can affect your performance and threaten your career’s development.

In order to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed with your new job, here are some tips you can try out:

Don’t mind the discomfort, continue forward!

When you are starting on any job, you may feel yourself out of your depth when it comes to the work you are doing. You may get confused with all the jargon and setup by the company, as well as how tasks are given.

If you find yourself a bit uncomfortable or confused with the setup, do not fear it! It is a sign that you are now in a work environment that helps you learn new things. Sure, you are confused with the entire process of your new job. But, as you do your trial and error to get used to the setup, you will get better with it in the long run and even learn a thing or two in the process.

Don’t be afraid to accept and ask for help

During your first few days in your new job, your teammates would no doubt offer you their hep so you can settle better in the job. It is possible you may have ignored them, thinking that they do not have the time to help you since they got their own tasks or you didn’t want to show your blunders.

However, you shouldn’t be afraid to accept the help of your co-workers when you feel overwhelmed with the job. They can teach you tricks on how to finish the tasks better and even give you advice on what resources you can use. Accepting help will also give you an avenue to learn more about your team and know who speak to when you need advice.

Know that it will become easier as you move along

If you find yourself struggling, the question “is it time to quit?” will definitely pass by your mind.

However, you must always remember that when you are starting on something new, the first parts will always be tough. You will definitely find yourself making mistakes and it will feel like an eternity since you do not know your way around yet.

But, once you get past this adjustment period, everything will get easier. You are now aware how things should be done and what is expected of you. With that in mind, you will be able to perform better and more efficiently.

Of course, you should not be complacent when you do get your groove on because it may stunt your career’s growth.


Doing a new job or career is never easy and sometimes, you may find yourself calling it quits even if you just started. Don’t give up immediately and take a moment to get your bearings back together. Once you do, you will be able to see ways on how you can lessen the pressure of the job and help you settle better.

For new-job related articles, you might find these helpful:

Moving On To A New Job
How To Choose Your 1st Job When You Graduate

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Dragthepen says:

    This post was very informative. I am currently employed in two different career, one as part time teacher and the other as a part time resident counselor. Both are very satisfying, but I’ve learned a very important pattern about myself when I am at work, I take on too many duties. So I have learned to slow down even to the point of lessening my hours to have more time off to be involved in other areas of my life that I am neglecting.

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    1. Kally says:

      Good advice. I’ve been taking some time out every day to think and sort out my priorities.


  2. equipsblog says:

    Good post. Over the years, I had many new jobs. The first day was usually fun because it was brand new and people showed you around. The second day (and the rest of the first week) were usually awful because you didn’t know what to do or who to ask for help. (There were times I even wished to return to my previous job because it was so –maybe too– comfortable.). I have heard and often found it to be true, you needed to be in a new job at least one year so that you were exposed to seasonal and/or annual fluctuations in pacing, customs, requirements etc such as year-end, holiday and vacation expectations vs. reality, personnel evaluations, close-outs, start-ups, crunch times, slack periods, etc.

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    1. Kally says:

      Great sharing! I have been to jobs where people totally ignore you from the get-go. Likewise, I have been in jobs where they assigned a buddy to you for 3 months and the work buddy actually bring you around, eat lunch with you everyday and goes to most of your meetings with you.

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      1. equipsblog says:

        Never had work buddy. Lovely custom. After the first day, I was on my own.

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  3. DutchIl says:

    Thanks for sharing, could apply to more things than a job… 🙂

    “When one suddenly finds oneself in the swamp up to their armpits in alligators, it is difficult to remember the objective was to drain the swamp”..

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Ah.. that’s quite true! But with armpits in alligators, I don’t think I can concentrate enough to drain the swamp. Probably faint first. Lol!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. DutchIl says:

        If it were me I would probably have a contractor drain the swamp to begin with… while he is draining the swamp, I would be in a nice, quiet, comfy pub drinking a glass of wine… 🙂 🙂

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        1. Kally says:

          You just put a nice thought in my head.. quiet comfy pub and a glass of wine…


  4. Definitely had that moment of ‘should I quit’ this week! Luckily, I stepped back from the edge.


  5. 1. Take a break {get a cup of coffee or tea, or soda}

    2. Say a short prayer

    3. ASK for assistance {false humility is a looser’s way out}

    4. Understand it ain’t gonna get better IF YOU don’t do something about it.

    Thanks Kaley,


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    1. Kally says:

      Thanks a lot, Luisa! Happy weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

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