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New Job [Jun. 24th, 2015|01:57 pm]
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I'm now in Week Two of the new job. Feels so strange to say that, as part of me feels like I've been here for an hour. The other part of me feels like I've been here for a decade. I really like ALL of my co-workers thus far, but WOW - the environment couldn't be more different.

There were things I got used to at City Paper. There was the hustle of EXTREME deadlines. There was the constant talking, whether it was bouncing ideas off of each other, or just chatting. There was negativity. It's so different here.

Yes, there are things that need to be done now, but a lot of that depends on clients getting stuff to us first. (Once a request comes in, it's mere minutes before scheduling, invoicing, and booking goes into place.) As far as the talking, it's usually fairly quiet in the office. There's ALWAYS music playing, so I don't mean that. Moreso that the employees just don't seem to talk to each other. Granted (and this is hard to say), I'm the 2nd oldest person in the whole company, so there are a lot of 20-somethings that know how to bury their faces in their phones really well, but fail at talking to other humans. Still. As far as the negativity, there's very little of that here so far. There's only talk of growth and "the next big thing" and how much grander we're all going to be as a company. Very different from talks of "We're on a sinking ship, and that ship is called 'print media'".

My training has been....slow. Very slow. In their defense, the only two people who can train me are the founders, and they're both EXTREMELY busy. Each time they've trained me on something, I've immediately picked it up and taken it over quickly. It's funny - they originally thought my "on-boarding/training" process would last 4 weeks. Now they're thinking 2. ha  That worries me just a bit. I finish everything SO QUICKLY that I'm already doing a bunch of what my final job will be, and I'm still sitting around for a lot of the day, waiting for more training. In the meantime, I've been studying the company's social media processes, reading up on how to make certain sections of our site better, etc. I just want to feel like I'm EARNING the money they're paying me.

I also need to be WAY busier. I'm sure that will come.
Do I regret leaving my other job? Not for a hot second.

From: schmooo
2015-06-26 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you jumped and got the job you wanted. The first month or two can be really slow as people are often too busy to really "train" you, but it's the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how proactive and intuitive you can be, and show how open you are to learning about things beyond your role. Sorry to hear about the 20-somethings, but I'm sure that they'll warm up soon, or you'll find the few people who aren't so rude. :P

Excited to hear more about this in person!!!

Edited at 2015-06-26 04:16 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: searchingbuddha
2015-07-14 03:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you're happy!

Remember, it takes about a year to fully settle in to a new job and really feel at home. Two weeks is a very short time!

Also, my office is very quiet because it's necessary to write code. We've developed an IRC chatroom, which helps. Maybe some kind of chatroom would be useful?

(Everyone is super young here too.)
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[User Picture]From: cruxgothgirlie
2015-07-14 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yeah, now that I'm in week 4, I'm SLIGHTLY busier. I'm still going to have to find things to take on and run with it at this point. Funny - in my second week, they wound up letting a long-time employee go, and they tacked all of her work onto my workload. Even WITH that, I still have a ton of downtime.

I just need to learn to work slower. haha No one ever believed me in interviews when I talked about how fast I work. Oops.

And glad to hear I'm not the only old-fart in a room of young ones. haha

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[User Picture]From: searchingbuddha
2015-07-14 03:15 pm (UTC)
OMG...so young here. Every single social event is "hey, let's go drink beer!" or "Let's play video games!"

Sorry dudes....I'm going home to my husband and baby. Have a grand time!
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