First Day, First Date

The first day at work is sort of like a first date with every person you are introduced to. There's a lot of smiling, a lot of tinkling laughter and a lot of pleasant exchanges to frantically try to commit to memory. Despite having a photographic memory when it comes to dates/textbooks, I am *useless* at matching faces to names.

But, whereas you can decide not to see someone again after a date (although you'll only awkwardly bump into them ALL THE TIME if you do - sorry, I *still* don't like you), you can't chuck your colleagues. Not only do you have to look right on your first day (first few weeks actually), you have to be practically perfect with your behaviour. Not *too* perfect though, because no one likes a perfect person.

It's exhausting.

Yes, after the drama of yesterday, I *finally* made it in for my (second) first day. I say finally because I missed my train due to traffic and poor road conditions. I didn't actually get above 10mph. By the time I got to the station, my train was not-so-usefully already in Leeds. Gah.

But, when I finally got there, everyone was lovely. So much so, I think I'll give them the "second date" tomorrow. ;p As for what my new job is, I will post in-depth about that later (this week is mostly induction/training stuff), but to sum it up, I will be involved with writing for/producing a bi-annual magazine (circulation 136,000) and doing their online communications. Ooh!

Hope you all had a good Tuesday! (And I can't believe no one had a bad first day story for me - a bad workday story will do!)


  1. Sounds like your second first day went well.

    My post about the film is on it's way but I managed to delete the whole thing when I was nearly 75% finished! Doh!

  2. I have a hard time matching names to faces too! Especially when there are a million people to meet on your first day at work! Good luck with the new job! It sounds like it's right up your alley!

  3. Good luck with the new job! It sounds like you'll really enjoy it!

  4. That sounds like an interesting job. I'm glad you made it there today! After the first week or so at my job, my face was sore from smiling so much, and I barely remembered anyone's name.

  5. Sounds like a pretty average first day... It's not until you've been working there for a while and get to find out who annoys or frustrates you the most that the real work begins!

    And your job sounds really interesting! I can't wait to hear more about it!

  6. Thanks everyone! I will, of course, be updating you along the way! :0)