When I arrived home from the gym yesterday I had my first assignment from my new boss sitting in my in-box. By my first real meeting at 3pm,I was deep into trying to understand that and the other documentation I was into. By the end of my second meeting at 5:30pm, I had my second assignment with a competing deadline as the first. By the end of my third meeting at 10pm (yes 10pm), I had a great handle on the second assignment and a firm grasp on the realization that I just got dropped into a situation where people have been working for months toward a 12/22 deadline. Yowza.
Everyone on the team was extremely pleased about my arrival. They made what could have been a stressful, nerve wracking situation really pretty great. It helps I’ve worked with two other members of the team before. One as a co-worker for five years and the other was a customer of mine.
At the end of the day I felt satisfied with my first official day and despite feeling out of my element on some of the more technical items I was digging into. It’s very clear to me now that I’m going to learn a shit-ton at this job. That’s such a huge bonus. And i got the verbal “ok” to spend time on an intro course on AWS which they will pay for. Double bonus plan!!
When I woke up today my head was spinning with thoughts about my current assignments. I’m super excited about digging in. I previously stated I was going to have my eyes and ears open and absorb and learn as much as I can and keep my big mouth shut. Yeah.. ok.
Day 1 and I was already making suggestions for changes. Doh! I don’t want to overstep my bounds, but they hired me for a reason and it’s really clear what gap I’m going to fill… look for a whole dedicated blog post about this coming to a WordPress reader near you soon!
The difference between starting this job versus my last one is that back then I was coming in as a subject matter expert and this time around I’m coming into something almost completely new. This is why I need to keep my mouth shut and not make assumptions and just soak it all in. We’ll see how well I do at that.
Ok.. time to start day 2.