The Job ...
November 8, 2008

Since I have had it forcefully pointed out to me by a dear friend with whom I don't speak often enough any more, I figured I should log in and make one final post about the job situation.

I have never in my life met so many genuinely kind, sweet and friendly people in one place in my entire life.

Yes, I'm serious.

After 16 months of freelancing, I expected it to be quite difficult to get used to going back to a full-time gig. I had a short first week partly to give myself some time to prepare for going back to work (getting some clothes, for one) and to have my birthday off ... and to make for a shorter first week. Since I'm not a very outgoing person, I was more than a little nervous of being back in cubicle-ville.

I needn't have worried. People are still coming up to me to introduce themselves with a genuine smile and a "great to have you here." Our team leader (she doesn't like to be called boss) got everyone in marketing to sign a birthday card for me - and I tell you that it nearly made me tear up. I do not tear up. It's just not something I do - but the genuinely sweet welcome and notes in the card just kind of overwhelmed me. I tacked it up to the cube wall already to remind me on the inevitable days in every working life when things are not going so well.

I've been working on very simple, minor projects so far to give me a chance to get used to the system and the department procedures. Relatively dull work, but I would MUCH rather learn the system on some "dull" project and feel confident about everything when I tackle a more complex project! So, their training falls right in line with how I prefer to be trained. The procedures for working on projects and project approval are also right in line with how I would prefer things to go. Seriously, it's like I was supposed to get a job here. Communication is primarily by IM and email - again, my preferred methods. But the designers still turn 'round and chat about projects as well.

I'm a weird blend of shy and can't-shut-up - so I'm not sure what my co-workers think of me just yet. I mean, we seem to get along - I certainly think they're pretty cool. But I go through spells of sitting, facing my computer and zoning out ... and then when I do join a conversation, I fear that sometimes my storytelling self might take over more than I would really like. (Oh, that reminds me of "this time at band camp" ....)

The gentleman who does the Spanish translation of the site is already starting to speak to me in bits of Spanish since I made it clear that I need to practice and that I honestly enjoy Spanish. I think he grins at me every time he sees me.

All in all, the company workings and the individuals all seem beyond my wildest imaginations. I will miss doing some print design work - but hopefully I can, after things settle down a bit, get some freelance commissions to do some of that on my own time through Oppositional Design. I have to finish the freelance commission on a website before I can accept anything else right now, though.

Hopefully my body will start getting used to the new schedule soon and I won't be quite so exhausted. And then things can FINALLY get back to normal around here. :)

Posted by Red Monkey at November 8, 2008 10:55 AM | Blog | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

trysh said:

After such a long dry spell, it is a genuine joy to read how this job, as you say, is almost like you were meant to work there. Not being much of a believer in 'co-incidence' - I think maybe you were!
At any rate, I am SO happy for you - how cool is it to be paid for what you love doing anyway?!

November 8, 2008 11:54 AM

 

Jackal said:

woohooo excellent news. I am so pleased things have started out so well. Long may it continue.

November 8, 2008 2:02 PM

 

Indigo said:

You sound a lot like me with dealing with people. I've always preferred to work in my own environment. I can be a great team player, but find the results are always best when it's just me.

Your job sounds ideal! Great setting, personalities and room to grow. You couldn't of landed in a better job.

Good luck with the coming days and hopefully you will be working on the bigger projects soon. (Hugs)Indigo

November 8, 2008 2:20 PM

 

marsha said:

It's always nice to read post that are upbeat. I'm glad you are enjoying your new employment. I recently started with a new job after my husband's retirement from the Air Force. I love this place. I actually enjoy going to work.

November 9, 2008 8:16 AM

 

Tara R. said:

Congrats on the new job! Sounds like you're going to enjoy the work and you're co-workers.

November 9, 2008 7:50 PM

 

Bob W. said:

Congratulations! I'm excited to hear that you were able to find a job doing something you enjoy!

November 9, 2008 7:55 PM

Congrats on the new job. It sounds like a cool gig. I hope it works out for ya. :o)

November 10, 2008 4:24 PM

 

Dawn said:

But of course you were supposed to get a job there...you mom was praying the rosary for you, right? :)

Seriously, it does sound like a great fit, and I'm so glad everything has started out so very well for you. I'm not much of a believer in coincidence either, so I'd say you were probably meant for this job and vice versa.

November 11, 2008 9:10 PM

 

Nola said:

Still utterly delighted for you!!

November 15, 2008 12:49 PM
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