Onboard yourself: How to get set-up for success in a new role


Starting in a new role can be intimidating. You might second-guess leaving the comfort of your current position or be anxious about building new professional relationships. In this talk, I'll walk through how to set yourself up for success in a new role.

The key steps I'll discuss are:

  • Listen to get context
  • Understand the area
  • Find quick wins
  • Set longer-term goals

These steps are useful for everyone but particularly crucial for people writing documentation. They'll set you up to understand the audience you're writing for, gauge the appetite and support for documentation tools, and demonstrate the value you bring.

Whether you're joining an existing team of writers, becoming the sole writer at a new company, or somewhere in between, this talk will give you a framework to approach the new challenge with confidence.

  • Conference: Write the Docs Australia
  • Year: 2020

About the speaker

Michael Belton