At this time next Monday, I will be about 3 and a half hours into a new job. I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity because I think it's a great fit for me both skills-wise and personality-matching-wise. Still, in the days leading up to its start, I'm feeling some anticipatory anxiety that can't be resolved until I get in there and begin the work. There are mundane worries such as,
"Will I be as good at this as I think? Will I be able to communicate effectively so that both my goals and the organizational goals are met?"I've had a somewhat quirky career life in that I've worked in a variety of situations and subject matter with one common denominator: my jobs have all taken place in teeny tiny operations. No benefits, no set vacation time, no 401(k), no HR, no rules at all. This has afforded me some flexibility, but mostly has caused stress in wondering about whether and when to take a vacation, eat lunch, or leave the office at night.
Next Monday I'll be walking into a HUGE organization that sent me a welcome packet. A welcome packet! I'm in heaven or at least honestly quite excited to be walking into some bureaucracy.
In these ways, this feels like my first grown up job and I want it to go just right. I picked up a couple of books to help with the process, but I'm hoping my bloggedy friends will offer some advice for how to win friends and influence people in the office environment.