So I started the new job one week ago #yay and its been quite an experience. First, I have once again completely changed industries. I've also changed my career path, going from a very technical role to a slightly technical role. I've left chemistry behind & now I'm doing process improvement & project management in supply chain (think Six Sigma). I'll still be using my skills in data analysis and process improvement, but without the hassle of the lab. I've also changed locations - I'm still in the Twin Cities, but I've gone from a manufacturing site way out in the burbs, to a high-rise building in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. So...I've had a lot of change lately! New position, new career path, new company, new industry, new location...and even new wardrobe. With all this change I've made some observations about this experience.
* Remember that post I did about 5 things my new job would allow me to do? Well this job satisfies a lot of those. I no longer work in a lab, so goodbye to my safety shoes, safety glasses & lab coats! I also have to wear nice clothes to work, as my company has a business professional dress code. I'll be wearing a lot more dresses, skirts & suits to the office. I won't be doing a ton of travel in my new position, but I do have a trip soon & I get to go on one of the corporate jets!
* The cultures btwn my last job & my new job are like night & day - I went from an industrial company that was big on "results above everything else" to a company that places relationships & collaboration above everything else. Because of that, I'm spending my first few weeks simply meeting people I'll interface with regularly & building those relationships. This is completely different from my last experience, when I was thrown into the deep end with no context or understanding of what I was doing. My new company seems much more interested in developing talented employees & recognizing those who do great work, which I appreciate.
* Working downtown is awesomeness - I socialize a lot downtown so I was familiar with the area, but I had no idea how awesome it would be to work down here. First, I can commute into work via an express bus, bypassing the stress of rush hour traffic & the expense of parking. Next, there are so many stores, shops & restaurants here, and it's totally fine for me to take 30 mins out of my day & pick up something from Macy's or Barnes & Noble. And with the skyway system, I can go all over downtown without having to go outside. In my actual building, I work near the top (>30th floor) and my phone works in my office! \o/ And I'm no longer freezing to death like I was in my office, in fact, I'm a bit warm up here.
* I couldn't have the new job without the old job - As much as I whined, complained & straight up hated the old job, I absolutely would not have the skills for the new job without it. I realized last year that I was meant to learn something from my last job & until I did, I wasn't going to move on. I learned a ton in that job - about handling adversity, how to manage my manager, and lots of technical things like Six Sigma & project management. I learned & grew a lot & that's never comfortable. I had a lot of growing pains, but I grew a lot from that experience.
I'm only a week in, but so far I'm enjoying this new experience. I'm just trying to make connections & soak up as much as I can.