A Different Outlook

Part 1

“When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there.” Steve Jobs

This is your first day on the job. You have waited a long time for this. You put so much time and energy into going through school to ensure you could get into a college that would hep you get to this point. Completed the many years of college, to get you to this point. You packed up, left the comfort and security of your friends and family and moved to the city just to get this job. Everything that you have done for the last 16 years has brought you here! You are super excited and super nervous, but you know you are going to rock it!

You really don’t know what to expect on the first day. Very little information was forwarded to you, but the one thing that you do know know that it’s proper to show up clean and pressed. When you get there your butterflies tart fluttering around again. The huge building that is towering over the rest around it now seems intimidating. With each step, on the gorgeous tile floor seems to echo through the stunning lobby. As you enter the elevator you remind yourself that after 4 interviews that this is not only what you wanted, but they this prestigious firm wanted you as well. Deep breath here goes nothing.

As the elevator comes to a halt and it rests into place, it dings as the the massive doors open a new world. This entry is a smaller version of the upscale huge lobby that you had just departed from. After talking with the receptionist for a second, you are quickly greeted by your new boss. He is very cordial, seems personable, very professional. As he is showing me back to where al the magic that makes this enterprise one of the most sought out, he gets a phone call and has to rush off. He quickly lets me know that he will make time to explain everything, give me all the ins and outs, as well as what the expectations are. However he has to take this call, he will have Janie show me around. That if I have any questions she would be the person to ask. With that off he went.

My attention quickly shifted as a woman, I assumed was Janie came walking up with two others. You hold out your hand to introduce yourself, only to have Janie look at the other two and ask “How long do you think this one will last?” The guy to her right makes a comment about how he will put down money that you won’t last 2 weeks. After the 3 of them share a laugh, Janie points into several directions, as to show you where everything is. However you don’t feel as you absorbed any of it. She tells you that you look smart enough to figure everything out. Time to sink or swim. She turns and walks off.

You manage to stumble through the day, very aware of everything. Your boss has not come back, and for the most part you are left alone. There are a couple people that are able to point you in the right direction of things, as well as to what you need to do to set your company account and what not up. Your email starts quickly assigning you tasks that need to e completed in a short amount of time. You don’t want to make a mistake. You want to show why they have hired you over the others that had applied. Finding the right supplies for the first tasks seems to be somewhat of a challenge, but you are doing rather well with what you have. Each email that you send is double checked, every piece of paper is handled accordingly to what you think is correct. Your confidence starts to build. You start to think that you can do this, and have that celebratory moment onside. You know the one when you can’t believe that you are here.. that everything that you have sacrificed and fought for is now going to happen.

Stay tuned for part 2