I've been at my new job now for two months and really liking it! I think what I'm enjoying the most is being in a big office with so many great people. At my last job I was one of 4 in the same office, day in and day out, for seven years. Some co-workers came and went but the small office environment was constant. The new gig however, is bustling with energy and opportunity which is exactly what I was hungry for.
Oh, and the perks! There is a cafeteria onsite which serves really delicious and reasonably priced food. There's a gym which I've been using regularly since my second week here. I no longer have to dress in a suit and we get to wear jeans every other Friday. The workday is from 8:30am - 5pm. I can't tell you what a difference it makes not having to be at work by 8am!! And the biggest perk of all? You are treated like a professional adult. Yeah! That's a thing. Without getting into too many details, I will say that this is one of the biggest changes from where I was before. It is night and day!
Most of the perks I listed are probably pretty common but I'm telling you... if you weren't used to that sort of environment in the past, it is a game changer for sure!
The role that I've landed in is also a good fit and everyday I'm learning not only my specific job duties but also so much of what goes into a collaborative marketing department. While I mostly focus my efforts on managing a "process," I'm also called on for creative input as well as input I bring to the table from my previous work history.
Everything I've mentioned so far is wonderful and I'm beyond grateful for where I am. But it hit me the other day why I really love this new opportunity. It's beyond any perk or job description. It's about me! I am at this new job. Not a "version" of me or the me that I think I need to be to fit into someone else's interpretation. I am authentic and that is above all what I've been in need of the most.
This work environment encourages you to have a voice and it fosters unique personalities to shine. No one is like the other and that is so refreshing!
I know I'm still in the "honeymoon phase" of being at a new job but I'm feeling really optimistic that this is going to be my place of biz-nass for a long time. Career development and progression are still at the top of my mind as I embark on this journey within a large company. How to navigate my way through it and how to stand out among so many talented people is going to be my biggest challenge. But if I'm able to enjoy where I work and what I do on a day-to-day basis, then I think I'm most definitely up for that challenge!