New year, new job.
Let me start off by introducing myself, my name is Shahnaz and I’m the newest graphic designer to join the team at Mobo. After several interviews, and a test project the day finally came when I was walking through the office door as an employee.
Starting a new job is a bit like your first day of school. No matter how much you try to prepare for it, you will probably be nervous. And anyone who says they felt right at home straight away is lying to you.
So for anyone else out there who’s started a new job this year and they’re feeling anxious, this one’s dedicated to you.
1. “What do I wear?”
Smart Casual. What does that even mean? Suddenly that outfit you planned to wear for your first day doesn’t make sense or look right anymore. After trying on several options you play it safe with a pair of black tailored trousers and a chiffon shirt. You turn up to work and meet one of your colleagues who is wearing jeans. Okay. Mental note taken.
2. “Where do I park?”
Can I park here? Am I taking up someone’s space? I hope I don’t get towed.
3. “The phone is ringing.”
Should I answer it? What do I say? What if they call asking for someone I haven’t met yet? *someone else answers the phone* Okay, good.
4. “I know, I know your name.”
Wait, what was your name again? Have I met you already? I’ll just ask someone else for your name when you’re not around.
5. “My colleagues just asked me what I like to do in my spare time.”
Do I share my unhealthy obsession with Thor? Or how much I spend on makeup I never get to wear? Will they understand? Better go with the safe route “I like listening to music and going to the gym.”
6. “I’m getting hungry…”
Why didn’t I bring lunch with me? What can I eat? There’s a Greggs nearby. I’m not a big fan of Greggs though. Greggs or starve, Greggs or starve… One of my new colleagues has asked me if I wanna go to Tescos, YES!
7. “I feel like tea/coffee…”
Should I ask if anyone else wants a cup? What if everyone says yes and I have to remember how everyone takes their hot drinks? Does everyone do rounds or do they insist on individual drink making? Every place is different.
8. “I think I’m going to like it here.”
You thought it would take you too long to get a hang of things but you just remembered the name of one of the guys who works upstairs and you completed your first task that you didn’t think was possible this time last week! Baby steps, you got this.