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First Week On The Job

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I started a new job this week. The location is much more convenient, the pay is better, the responsibilities are relatively similar, and the people are friendlier. In addition, it’s bound to be better for my career at the company in the short term and for my life in the long term.

Things are progressing slowly as I’m being granted access and given training to new systems.

I’ve spent a lot of time talking to various people, and it seems I’m coming into a situation where expectations for me will be very high. Apparently my interview was nothing short of stellar and I received rave recommendations from former coworkers who had previously transferred to a nearby department. This was totally unexpected and unasked for, and I’m sure it helped convincing the decision-makers that I’d be good for the job.

Not everything is positive. The cafeteria is just expensive as the one in my old office. (After all, it is the same company.) While I’ve quickly fallen into the habit of going out to lunch with my new coworkers, sometimes I spend less getting food outside the building than the overpriced cafeteria. Someday I’ll try bringing in my lunch again on a regular basis.

All in all, this is a good move. And there’s more positive news: I managed to crawl away from my Advanced Statistics for Managerial Decision Making class broken and bleeding, but with a grade of “B.” Now it’s time for Yet Another Finance Course.

(I wrote this late last night and it is being published in the morning. In case you were wondering, as I know some were, I do that once in a while so I’m not spending time blogging from work.)

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Grant

Don’t worry too much about spending money at lunch while hanging out with your new coworkers.

Remember, it’s also important to mingle with your new office mates and get acquainted. No better time to do this than over lunch, as you can talk about things other than work.

Congrats on the new job!


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