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Do you remember your first day at work, your first job or success?
I remember mine very well. It’s deep in my mind because it’s embarrassing.
This is my first job and my first day. I waited outside waiting for the bank to open. I didn’t know if I should go in when it was closed or if I should knock.
It’s windy, and I’m wearing a knee-length skirt. When someone walked past the office, the wind picked up, and I had a Marilyn Monroe moment. What’s worse is that the man outside is an office mate. When I met the whole team, he couldn’t stop saying, “You are the one outside, no?” In short, “You are the one who won skirt.”
At the same company, and the day before, while talking to my boss, he said, “Weren’t you white when I interviewed you?” I was shocked and was about to speak but held back. A politically incorrect comment but at the time, it was acceptable. People weren’t very particular about things back then. I had to explain to him that it was because of all the campaigning that my father ordered, which was done well. My brother won.
What a first day. Well it didn’t bother me one bit. I laughed at this. In retrospect, it was a blooper kind of day.
I don’t think I would have had the same reaction if this incident had happened when I had gained more work experience. As the years go by, you’ll become more outspoken, whether you’re a new hire or not. You grow up knowing your persona at work.
The first days at work are always exciting and terrifying at the same time. You fear the unknown. You don’t know what you’re getting into. I don’t mean work per se. The work is always the same in one way or another.
It’s the culture, the people you deal with, the different characters, and the different personalities. These are the work factors that you need to fix and work on. The human element is the most challenging yet motivating aspect of any workplace. They make you stay and you hesitate to leave.
How about you? How was your first day? I’d love to hear about your first day on the job stories.
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