I have been a researcher in academia for the past ten+ years.
Unfortunately, despite my love for this career, I arrived to a point where I need to move country (again) to continue my job. While I like what I do, I feel that it took too much from me already, and I am not too keen in re-organising my life from scratch again. For these reasons, I started looking for a job and luckily I found many opportunities, and I might start soon with one.
All that being said, I am completely afraid now. First, I feel that I have no experience in how to manage a "9 to 5" job. Second, I will be hired in a management position. I searched for this position, and I think I would not have accepted anything else (given that I do not feel as a software engineer anymore, but more as a PM). However, as I said, I am terrified.
In my current job, I work way more than the average but I am flexible. I can start and end whenever I want, I have pretty much nobody I have to report to, and I can take vacations whenever I think it is good for me. Of course, this context has many issues, first, I do not really go anywhere since I cannot plan anything ahead, and, again, it is always so precarious that most days are just filled with "what will I do next?".
My questions for you is, are there anyways I can make the transition in a more smooth way? Are there any tips you can give me on how to prepare, and are there any things that are accepted in the academic world that are an absolute no-no in a company?
tl;dr: I have worked in academia my whole life, and I have now decided to work for a company. I would love to hear tips from you on how to adapt in this territory (completely new for me). What strategies and practices will help me make this change?