By Cassie Galbraith (28.07.2021)

You’re a few weeks into your new Kickstart role, you feel like you’ve gotten the hands of things and have settled into the company culture. You start to feel curious about your performance but the idea of asking for feedback makes you feel a little anxious. Well, take it from us that asking for feedback is completely worth it and hugely beneficial. Below are just 4 of the reasons why it is important to ask for feedback when you’ve started a new role.

  1. It shows you care

From an employer perspective, it would be very impressive for you to ask them for feedback. It shows you are looking for ways to improve and that you care about your performance. Feedback is best requested in person, but if this isn’t possible then an email will do just fine. Asking for feedback based on your current time there shows you care about progressing and that you are open to constructive feedback. Remember, feedback isn’t always bad. We are sure you’ll get plenty of good feedback too!

  1. It is great for development

A key part of asking for feedback is what you do with it. View it as a tool that is there to help you to continue to develop. It is constructive and can allow you to see what areas you’re doing well in and perhaps what areas you can improve on. It adds value to your kickstart placement by making the most out of your time there. To continually receive feedback can help you remain aligned to the company goals and keep you working towards them. Continued learning during your Kickstart placement is a great way to truly kickstart your career.

  1. It helps improve working relationships

Having an open and honest conversation promotes trust between you and your employer. Realising it’s okay to ask questions is vital in a working relationship. Questions allow you to develop and builds on strong communication between you and your employer. Asking for feedback will enable you to feel like you can have open conversations and invites you both to be honest. A positive work relationship is important for thriving in your kickstart role, as well as future ones.

  1. It encourages effective listening

Listening and absorbing the feedback promotes effective listening. It is important to listen and decide what the next steps can be based on what has been fed to you. When receiving the feedback make sure to pay attention and bring up any questions you may have once you have received it all. You do not have to react to the feedback straightaway, feel free to ask for time to process it. You can take action once you have fully understood what’s been communicated to you.

Now what?

Now that you've received the feedback, it's important to take it on board and take action. When the feedback has been given to you, keep in mind the benefits of receiving it, even if it isn't always 100% positive. Thank your employer for being honest and acknowledge that your employer has taken to time to evaluate your performance. If you feel you need clarity, make sure to ask questions. Hopefully at the end of the conversation you can agree on any feedback that was given to you. Once you communicate what you will do moving forward, you can continue to thrive in your new kickstart role.