Question: I applied for this new job, just knowing it was exactly what I wanted to do. It was a new position---one that the company had never filled before. I would like to be able to create it into the position I wanted it to be as long as it was in line with the agency mission and vision. I have been so excited. Well, I’ve been doing the job for about four months now and it’s nothing like what I thought it would be. It is not a fulltime position so I am not able to give it the time I think it requires. It seems like everyone in the company has different expectations of me and this new position. I’m frustrated and don’t think I’ll be able to please everyone. I don’t know what to do.
Answer: First of all, congratulations on getting the job you wanted. Now we have to work at making the reality of the new job match the ideal picture you had in your head when you applied for the job. What are the regulatory requirements of the job? That is where you have to start. What is it that has to be done so your company does not get cited for not fulfilling government requirements? Those are the first things that need to be implemented.
The next question is what is
expected from you by your supervisor and management. This is the second
area to be focused upon. While you are still living someone else’s
dream you need to have clarity on their dream. It is great if your
dream and theirs can match up but in the overall scheme of things,
management needs to be satisfied or you may not have a position.
Thirdly, you should compile all the desires and wants of the other people in the company, including yourself, about what everyone’s expectations are of the new position. Then you must realistically look at how much time is allotted for you to do the job and what you can realistically expect to accomplish. If there is time after regulatory requirements and management expectations, then you can begin to look at the hopes and dreams you and others have for the position.
If this is not realistic, then you must assemble the major players and notify them of the realities of the position so expectations can be adjusted accordingly. The job is not impossible, but rather it is a matter of defining how the job can be possible. You have to take control of those things over which you have control and learn to accept the things you can’t control.