As you may recall from a previous post, today was my first day at my new job! (Cue confetti cannons and dancing elephants!) Here’s my new 8:30-5:15 home:
That’s what I see from my office door. You heard right: I have an office, and said office has a door! This is a huge step up from my former common-space cubicle. Glory! Here’s what you see when you look in from the hallway:
It’s admittedly a pretty sad scene right now, but I’m taking in a calendar and at least one framed photo tomorrow to dress it up, and maybe my mini-pennants from my various schools. I won’t go too crazy because we’ll be moving offices later this year (for a fancier building. woo!), but I am very excited to have my own workspace walls to dress.
As you can see from my name plate, my title is PR Specialist. Pretty vague, right? I’ll be writing about the business, law and policy schools (collectively referred to as the university’s professional schools) for press releases, the university website and a couple of alumni magazines. I’m so excited to have a job that will have me writing a lot. My brain is ready to be exercised again! As for the name on the name plate, I think I’m gonna have to get them to spell out that “P” for me…
I picked a great day to start, because today also happened to be a departmental outing to the new dolphin show at the Georgia Aquarium. I was in the office for a grand total of about four hours. I had one meeting, got a tour of the two floors of the building relevant to me, met a ton of new colleagues and chatted with my boss before we headed out at lunchtime. (This was especially fortunate since I don’t have an email address or even a network login yet, so I would have just been putzing around on my smartphone or staring at that blue wall all day.)
We got to tour the galleries for a bit, but the main attraction was the dolphin production — and I mean production. It was absurd. Dramatic swells of music, an earnest singing guy in a light-up cape, stage fights between people and sea-monsters (both wearing wetsuit-based costumes)… oh, and some dolphins. (This rather diplomatic review has more detail, if you’re curious.) The dolphins were freaking amazing, actually, and I would have loved to see way more of them. Needless to say, I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for my admission.
We got back to the office close to the end of the normal workday, so I just headed out after a quick check-in with my boss, since there was nothing for me to do anyway. Tomorrow will be a day full of HR fun. Once I get all that out of the way (which I hear can take a while) I can finally get started learning my beat. Woo! I think I’m gonna like it here.