What are the top 3 things to keep in mind when transitioning to a new department/division at U of T?

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• Stay positive
• Learn /Find your routine
• Immerse yourself in company culture
• Take notes
• Build relationships
• Increase your participation
• Seek out mentorship

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on July 27, 2015 4:23 pm

Get involved right away in anything you can to get to know who you’ll be working with!

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on May 6, 2015 11:41 am

It’s all about relationship building.

1) Speak with each of your new colleagues to gain a better understanding of their roles and ask them how you can support them (I typically ask them about their pet peeves as well).
2) Volunteer to help whenever you can.
3) Schedule regular meetings with your supervisor to make sure that you are on-track with projects.
4) Find a mentor
5) STAY POSITIVE. Don’t bad mouth previous employers and do your best to avoid office gossip!

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on April 16, 2015 8:05 am

Try to be a good observant and good listener. This helps you to understand the new colleagues, better.

Try to learn the unwritten rules. This will provide you a better insight of how to deal with people, properly.

Be patient and friendly. Show you care about others as a team player and be helpful.

Try to be open and establish a good relationship with your new colleagues.

Stay positive and professional.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on September 5, 2014 1:28 pm

Develop relationships with people in other departments and divisions who have a role similar to yours. Chances are they have the same challenges that you do.  In most cases, you don’t need to solve problems on your own or recreate the wheel…there is probably someone at U of T who has already dealt with the issue. It is nice not to start from scratch but you won’t know if you don’t reach out and ask.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on August 22, 2014 2:42 pm




Consider your transition time a great way of engaging with a new perspective of our University. When something seems strange, unclear, or curious, ask the appropriate person more about it. If you don’t know who that appropriate person is, ask someone you do know who that might be. This way you are 1) demonstrating openness to your new department’s expertise, 2) meeting more people, 3) creating more community around you, 4) bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas / questions to your new department, and 5) learning.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on August 15, 2014 11:18 am
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