When was the last time you started a new job?
We have all been there.
No matter how many times you have done it.
I am not sure why that happens because we all went to school for at least 17-20 years and as each summer wore down we had to prepare ourselves to go back to class.
It seems like a similar thing.
A transition to a new grade, new teachers or professors and new students is something we had to experience over and over each year. Sure, some familiar faces were an advantage but the remainder meant new challenges, new environment and the unknown of what the future holds.
It does sound exciting doesn’t it?
There may have been more nerves during the transitional years to middle school and then high school then to post-secondary. Bigger changes. Little fish in a big pond, per se. I don’t know about you but I was always nervous going back. It’s been such a long time that I hardly remember that feeling but I am sure the butterflies I felt that first day at my new gig were not dissimilar to the feeling I had back then.
Yep, the first day at a new job.
I remember I got to the building early and got a coffee at the local Starbucks. Maybe I shouldn’t have had a coffee. I could really feel that energy buzzing inside of me.
Those butterflies were dancing.
In the pit of my stomach.
Man, after all the negotiation, meeting the principals of the firm and the fact that I knew a few people that work there already it should have been no big deal. Maybe it’s because I am an Interior Designer and I was, for the first time in my career, going to work at a firm that is multidisciplinary. Not just interiors anymore there big boy. It’s not unlike that feeling where you transition from high school to college. You KNOW that you are the new guy. There is no doubt about that. Wet behind the ears becomes a reality and not just a ridiculous old school saying anymore.
I had always scoffed at that. Well, no more. Can you say, BIG LEAUGES now? You got this. You have years of experience under your belt I told myself. No problem.
Coffee was gone.
And it was time.
The studio was bright, modern and open. Sure, I had seen it before but I hadn’t really seen it. It seems to go that way. You look but do you really see? Not until you have to.
At least that’s how it went for me.
The receptionist was friendly, Karen, I thought. Right? Dammit, I have always been bad with names. I know I wouldn’t remember so I would always ask again, feign embarrassment. Whatever. The first day is always killer. You meet, what, two dozen or more people in one day? You can’t be expected to remember them all at the start.
It still feels weird though.
What do you say? Hi, I’m Ralph. This is my first day at school? I have my briefcase and my lunch and my apple? Sheesh.
They know you are coming.
Sit and wait.
The place is busy already. People coming in. Checking in. Meeting preparation is underway. The phone is ringing.
“Hi. You must be Ralph!” comes a voice from the ether. What? Am I asleep? “Yes!” I jump up from my seat and shake the hand of guy who’s going to influence my future, sign my check and hopefully see the value of what I have to offer.
Can he feel my nerves? Well maybe the handshake, always firm, will dispel any concerns.
“Alex.” He offers, “Nice to see you! Glad to have you onboard. Let’s get you settled in.” He finishes and turns to head into the studio.
First thing in the morning is always an interesting time but when you are the new guy you are so acute to everything around you. People getting their morning coffee, chatting about the past evenings events, discussing plans for the day and generally getting down to it. Getting the day started is such a routine for everyone so the last thing on anyone’s mind is to focus on the new guy.
That’s one of the things that attracted me to the place. Modern, fresh, new. Bright energy is the general feeling you get from the environment. Bright minds, bright space and great work on the tables and walls. A real working studio. I love the feel of this place. I find my seat in the middle of the open studio and there in front of me are the tricks of the trade.
The first day.
Unpack your personal belongings, set up, find the washroom, meeting people and greeting friends all takes time that seems so precious.
It’s funny to think back about it as I sip my coffee this morning a year and a half into this relationship. It seems like old hat now but got me thinking because we have a new fresh face starting with us today. A new someone named Clare that I will be working with closely.
From the first day to now so much has transpired, so many personalities to figure out and so much change to the fresh faced new guy that it seems like forever since that day I walked into the studio. Well, it’s been a great ride up to now and we have seen some great progression with our team.
And we are growing. Changing.
I am excited to have Clare as part of the team now and feel like she’s going to be a great fit. Alex really likes here and she interviewed well. Her references are solid and she had a great portfolio of work to show us. A little one sided but there is definitely talent there. Enthusiasm and intelligence go a long, long way. The rest can be taught.
I wonder if she is having the same thoughts that I had on my first day here.
I guess I will find out.
Staring something new is exhilarating,huh?
Over to you: How did it feel to start something new to you and do you still have that feeling everyday?