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What is Professional Integration?

Sep. 2022

The professional integration process is the process by which a new employee joins an organization. It includes a number of steps and events that all go together to shape the new employee's career path within the organization.

When you're hired, your employer will likely have a training program that provides basic information about your new job. It will also help you and your new team members adjust to each other, work together effectively and establish common ground. 

This is a time when you will be exposed to new ideas, people and cultures.

You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience in different areas of your career. You'll also set expectations for how the team will work together and what kind of communication and collaboration is expected.

Your first days at work can be overwhelming.

You’re changing everything about your life, and it feels like you have to learn a lot of new things at once. 

You might even feel like you don’t know who you are anymore. But in reality, this is an incredible time for self-discovery! You get to explore yourself and figure out what type of person works best in each environment.

Ask questions, lots of questions.

You should ask questions to clarify things, to understand why things are done a certain way, and to understand what is expected of you.

You should not be afraid to ask questions because it is only normal and expected of someone who has just embarked on the job.

Ask questions so that you can improve your work and help others.

It is important to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know your environment, the processes, the tools, who does what, etc.

Showing the right attitude will go a long way towards making a good impression at work.

You have to be yourself and show that you're excited about the job, willing to learn, and willing to take on new challenges. 

Be open-minded, ask questions when necessary and make sure you're a team player. 

Demonstrate that you're a reliable worker who will do what it takes for your company’s success. 

At times, you have to read up and do research by yourself and be proactive (in other words, don't wait to be asked to do something).

The major change between the academic and the professional world is the fact that in school, you are always waiting to have something to be done (courses, training, steps that the teacher sets in advance, etc.) 

Whereas in the professional world, you are expected to be a proactive and involved actor.

The first few months at work are hard and exciting!

The exciting part is learning new skills, meeting new people and networking with people who share your values. 

The challenging part is adjusting to a new way of life where you are expected to be productive and efficient at all times.

It's alright if you mess up sometimes. You're learning new things every day! 

You'll make mistakes, but they're not the end of the world. Don't give up on yourself just because this is all so new and different from what you've been used to. 

You'll get there eventually!