I had planned to write this short post for a few days now, but I’ve been either to busy or too tired. I’m rather tired again at the moment, so this has to be quick. I’ve worked in the new job for one week now and I’m loving it! Seriously, I think applying for this job might have been my smartest move in recent years. I almost regret not taking this step earlier, but then I remember that I didn’t have the required skills and qualifications earlier, so this was the right move at the right moment.
I haven’t done a lot of “real” work this week yet, because I’m new to this department and to this employer and to this job basically, so the first few days were a lot of introductions and getting to know people meetings and such. Getting a first grip of the whole project and the schedule and which tasks I will have to take over or which tasks I have to start doing. I guess it will be a few more days/weeks of this “getting to know the job”, but I will also starting to work on my own first tiny projects soon.
The staff I’ve met so far were all very nice and easy to talk to and so is my office partner, who I will work with closely over the next two years. In fact it’s her and me who will be working on this project, but not without supervision and guidance from the guy who was working on this for the last few years. He probably will stay in charge as we were hired to assist him and to share the workload. Fine by me ;-) I think I’ll be getting along well with him and with the head of our division and also with the head of our department. They all seem like really nice guys. I had been a bit worried before that I might have some difficulties adjusting to a rather formal work environment of a public administration, but luckily the folks in my division are not the biggest fans of too much formality either, so we’ll be getting along just fine.
I hope in a few days or weeks I’ll be able to find the right words to describe how much happier and more content and “at the right place” I feel at this new job even after only five days. It might require some more introspection on why the old job was so not the right fit for me and how much it dragged me down in the end. Or at least I felt like it dragged me down, whereas after this first week I feel like this new job will be lifting me up. If you know what I mean… I hope I’ll be up to the new challenges and that I’ll rise to the occasion, but at the moment I’m pretty confident.
I’m really looking forward to going to work every morning and yes, I know, it might be the novelty and it might wear off a bit, but compared to how much I dreaded going to work at the old job in the end, the contrast couldn’t be vaster. I love it and I don’t even mind that I’ll have to get up so much earlier and have so much less free time.
My smartest move in recent years. No doubt about it!