CHAPTER 7:

Just Beginning, Getting Settled, and Looking for More

 

Just Beginning

Overview

This stage represents the first step in a chosen or discovered field. What happens in this stage is significant; as a result of their experiences, employees will be making decisions about whether this field or position will become a long-term career or a step in their search for the right career for them. Every experience is a new one, so your role as a manager is to make sure that those experiences are remarkable.

In this stage, the employee may be perceived as “the new kid on the block,” who is full of ideas and lacks experience—whether this is his first position as a working professional or just the first position in a new career, level, or company. ...

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