I’m taking on a new role here at The NEWS, as I shift from being the Products and Education Editor to the Web Editor. It’s a big change for me and one that I am excited to make. Still, there is much to learn and a lot to prepare for before I take the reins full time. Any change, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, can have its difficulties. I’m guessing that just reading about my position switch elicited a “so what?” response from many of you. However, it’s important to prepare for role changes and always be willing to adapt and seize opportunities when they present themselves.

I’ve been studying our website, going over it with a fine-toothed comb, to see what works, what doesn’t, and what ideas I can bring to the table to improve upon it. I’ve picked the brain of our previous web editor Amy Al-Katib to learn the intricacies of the position and discover the pitfalls that may be out there. I’ve also done trial runs at many of the responsibilities associated with the position.

Hopefully you are willing to take risks and jump at opportunities when they present themselves. If you’re willing to do it, odds are your employees will follow suit. Hopefully your employees feel welcomed to strive for greater things and never grow complacent in their role. Transitioning to a new role provides an exciting challenge, and it’s one we should all be willing to make when possible.