My First Month At Work

The astute among you will have noticed that I’ve not actually blogged since the 2nd of September, the day which I started my new job.

Not blogging for over a month is testimony to the fact that I have been enjoying myself so much in that things such as blogging, twitter and me flirting with new technology (apart from my new iPhone 5s – more on that in a later post), have taken a back seat.

Because of this, I have decided that because I have 5 posts (including this one) which I want to write, this weekend is going to be a blogging one, and I will schedule them to take place at various intervals.

Anyway more about the job. Those of you who speak to me directly will know what sort of industry I am now working in, and for those of you who don’t, will be confused to hear that despite my law education, my role isn’t in law! That is not to say my years of training, and tens of thousands of pounds of my parents money spent on tuition have been wasted – far from it, they are being applied, just in a different context.

The first day at work, on the 2nd of September, seems like such a long way away in the respect that it wasn’t a brilliant day (but who really does have a fantastic day at work?) and that I have learnt so much and come so far in such a short period of time.

If im honest, that whole week was a blur, having my lunch bought for me every day, the MD practically buying out a restaurant for a staff do were all things which I thought were just the stories in films, and not an actual reality, but they did happen, and they happened to help the team bond together, and get to know each other better we did.

The first week at work was a bit of a struggle, not in that what I was doing was above me, in that getting up at 6am was something which as a student at university of 5 years, was a concept that was unfamiliar to me. However upon walking to work I realised that I’m not the only one who is awake at that time, and that contrary to what I believed, I’m not unique and that loads of people get up at that time and go to work early. Although most people think the working day is from 9-5, very few people actually work these hours, myself included.

I obviously can’t go into too much detail about the process of things at work however I would like to say these things are true.

  1. The atmosphere in the office is amazing – it’s not dull at all, there is good banter and a day doesn’t go by where I actually laugh out loud. Having walked round many offices of companies who work in a similar industry, I really am lucky to be working in the office which I do, as some of them had the same personality as a doctors waiting room!
  2. Training is fantastic, and I mean fantastic. A dedicated expert trainer was employed to help us all get to our feet, and yes his/her style isn’t what you would consider ‘typical’ that’s what made it so fantastic. There were videos, games and the chance to win real money at the end. I tell you if learning stuff was like this at school I for one would have paid much more attention!
  3. It’s not just a company to work for, it’s a way of life, and its a way of continuing improvement not only in the job which I do, but also the person which I am. As part of the training programme all the new recruits were given a copy of the book by Paul McGee, S.U.M.O – a book that is so good I not only read it in less than two days, but will be doing my first book review blog post on it later. It’s an amazing read and not only changed my thought process of working, but also thought process about life – if you haven’t read it I highly suggest you do. We have not only been recommended to read books, but also films such as Glengarry Glen Ross and Boiler Room – both of which were a good watch.

There was one tip in starting a new job which I was given by my trainer at work, which I would like to share, because it really does work for those who have a stressful day and find it hard to switch off from work, a problem which I had in my first week, and probably still do to this day. Working 12 hour days, in a fast pace environment means that when you finish work you owe it to yourself to enjoy the free time which you have, and not worry about things which have happened the previous day, or about things which by their nature, cannot be changed or dealt with outside of working hours.

The tip was to create a diary.

Sounds simple doesn’t it, but it actually works.

I had created a diary for a bit a couple of years ago, but as with other things (and probably because I also took up blogging) the entries became few and far between, and I think I only wrote around 10 entries. Because I share my thoughts on my blog it was important that my diary had a focus that was different from my blog, or else this relaunch would also fail.

As such I started a new Day One install and started from scratch, this diary was going to be about work things, what worked well that day, what I learned, what I could improve on the following day, and what I didn’t enjoy so much and how I would go about changing it (if it could be changed) moving forward. The entries themselves aren’t that long, probably around 300-400 words and often in bullet points so they don’t take much time to write, meaning I am more likely to write them, and it works.

After I’ve written my entry for that day its like I have finished the day at work, and I can move on and enjoy my free time, which is well deserved!

In closing this rather lengthy post, which I will admit, contains a lot of words and only a little bit of structure, one thing is certain; I enjoyed my first month at work, and am looking forward to saying I enjoyed my first year at work in 11 months time.

This sums up the way my company works brilliantly!

This sums up the way my company works brilliantly!