Five Lessons Learned After One Work Week

Okay, so I haven’t been working very long; in reality, it can’t even be considered a full work week because Tuesday the city was shut down due to the, “Blizzard of the Century.” Spoiler alert: it turned out to only be a snowstorm. Nevertheless, as I reflect on the past week of work, I realized I actually learned a few things. Some things I am proud of, others I know I need to work on.

  1. New jobs are scary.

This may seem juvenile, but I feel like everyone can relate. I am definitely the youngest one, so I automatically feel like I am an “underdog” so to speak. Anyone recently graduated probably knows the feeling. You feel like you have to prove yourself, but at the same time you are unsure if what you are doing is right. I learned this week that it is okay to be scared, but confidence is key. I received a degree and was offered a job for a reason. So, time to put fears and doubts behind, step up and do the best work possible.

  1. Commuting blows.

I must admit, I have it better than most. Heck, I don’t even have to drive. But, I still have a 20-minute subway ride and a 10-minute walk. If the subway is shutdown, like on Tuesday, forget about getting to work. If one train is late, well then I hope you left early enough to compensate. I am not complaining, just stating the facts. Long gone are the days when I could creep into class three minutes late (okay, that never actually happened I am a very punctual person). But, in college, I had it all figured out. I knew exactly when to leave, where to park and how long my walk would take. Furthermore, I wasn’t at the mercy of public transportation, yikes. So, to all of you who drive 30 minutes or more for work, for those of you who drive during rush hour traffic and for those of you who suffer the germ-infested public transportation: I am beginning to feel your pain.

  1. Uniforms would be nice.

Picking out what to wear for work is more difficult than the first day of school back in 8th grade. For those of you who knew me then, you know what I mean. Honestly, I change about three times every morning and even then I never feel dressed the way I should be! I am sure with time this will get easier and better, just another side effect of having a new job!

  1. Time flies.

Holy. Cow. It has already been an entire week. Honestly, I have no idea where the time went. I mean, last week I was out celebrating my 22nd birthday and now it’s already Friday again. I honestly am terrified for how fast this week has flashed by. On that note, it is way too easy to go to bed early and skip out on anything fun. I actually went to bed at 9 p.m. one night this week… Not okay. With time going by so fast it’s important to take time out for relationships and experiences, because they are what matter most. Definitely something I need to work on.

  1. Enjoying your job is key.

I must say, I feel extremely fortunate for the job I was given. Not only do I get to write every day, but I also don’t have to sit at a desk 24/7 and bum around with things I have no interest in. I firmly believe this week has passed so quickly because I wake up happy with what I am doing. I know, I know, some of you will tell me to wait a year then decide how I feel about work; actually, many of you already have. And I am sorry, but I just don’t agree. I am a firm believer that if you love what you are doing you will not only enjoy waking up every morning, but you will have the drive in you to do really well at it and succeed. I definitely feel like one of the lucky ones. I know there are ups and downs to every job, and I have already had a few just this week. But, every job is a chance to experience something new and learn about yourself along the way.

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