A look back on my first week

My first week in the new job has absolutely flown but it hasn’t all been plain sailing…

Monday was an early start and the weather had been particularly nasty over the weekend up here. We had more of the white stuff and it was really cold too.

It wasn’t exactly perfect driving conditions and I was apprehensive about driving to Darlington on my own.

If you read my new year new beginnings post you will have seen that I picked up my new (used) car Chloe the Clio the Friday before last and Monday was her first proper outing.

Chloe the Clio
Chloe the Clio

Anyway I got to Darlington just fine – albeit a little frazzled – and I wasn’t late for my induction. The car parking machine was cash only (how annoying) and it decided to spit out my selection of silverware so I had to pay for parking twice (ouch).

I had been forewarned that the induction would be not very relatable to my job role and hard-going. The day was mainly (almost) death by PowerPoint with some videos and comedy thrown in for good measure.

The main thing I took away from the MANY presentations was that fire doors are amazing (always keep those bad boys shut) and never to put your tumble dryer or dishwasher on while you’re in bed – something I have been guilty of in the past. The aftermath pictures of dishwashers and tumble dryers that had caught fire during the night and stories of people struggling to get out safely just terrified me.

Tuesday was my first day in the office and was full of introductory meetings and finding out more about what I’ll be working on and was disaster free!

Wednesday was a totally different story!

I had to travel for an important round table discussion in London. The train station car park was full and a small crash meant Durham was pretty gridlocked.

I managed to get to another car park after fighting my way through traffic.

It was a 15 minute walk and my train was due in 10 minutes.

I had no other choice but to run – I am not a runner by any means – and it was raining and very windy.

I rang my new director mid-run to say I might not make it but I would do my very best – she told me the train had been delayed and was just pulling out of Newcastle – that bought me a few more precious minutes.

I picked up the pace and ran through the cobbled streets and continued my determined ascent to the train station.

Just as the train pulled into the station I skidded onto the platform.

I practically screamed at the train guard “Is this the London train?” as I flung myself onto the first carriage I came to.

My heart was almost bursting out of my chest and my lungs were burning.

I peeled off my many layers and frantically searched in my bag for a hairbrush and my compact powder. I dreaded to look at the state I was in.

Fully expecting my makeup to be running down my flushed face, I was extremely pleasantly surprised to see my foundation firmly in place – albeit with a rosy glow radiating from my cheeks. No7 saved the day – well my face anyway!

I gingerly made my way through two carriages and thankfully sank into my seat praying very hard to say a huge thank you!

The meeting was great in London and I learnt a lot and left feeling very inspired. Thankfully the journey back to Durham was much less frantic.

I spent Thursday and Friday in more meetings with a few outings out of the office. I’ve got stuck straight into some campaign planning as well as some consultation responses.

My new role is a media and communications specialist. It’s a brand new role not only for me but my organisation too. I’ll be working on various campaigns and projects to do with alcohol and tobacco in the North East.

I’m really looking forward to the next couple of weeks with the launch and re-launch of campaigns and new projects to sink my teeth into.

The other very big thing I’m excited about is attending a really important conference which means travelling to South Africa later this year!

I’ll keep you all posted with updates and of course with new pearls of wisdom!

Do you have any tales to tell from your first week in a new job? Let me know in the comments below.

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26 thoughts on “A look back on my first week

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  1. What a great post. Felt I was living that first week with you. I can imagine the streeeesssssss of running late for the train. Sounds like an interesting role and the SA trip is a bonus. Hope Week 2 goes well. Jx PS I didn’t know that about washing machines and dishwasher. Never again!!

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  2. I like when there is already some work for you when you start a new job.
    I have also been in the position once that I had to wait 3 months (!!) before they finally found a task for me.
    Time wasted. I obviously didn’t stay long at that job 😉

    Traveling for the job on occasion is also nice!
    Seems like you got yourself a good job 🙂

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  3. I’m fortunate enough to live within walking distance of the station, so I always knew exactly how long it would take me to walk. I do feel your pain, though. It wasn’t so great on the way home and a few times I ran onto Waterloo concourse to see my train pulling away from the platform.

    I’m glad the first week went well.

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  4. You made it!

    I have lost count of how often I run to catch a bus or a train! I think I rely on apps to tell me how long it’ll take to reach the station, but I don’t allow enough time for TFL to go wrong! Eep!

    Anyway good luck in your new job. You’ll be amazing!

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  5. I haven’t started with a new company in over 25 years, but I remember leaving that first day. I walked out of the building almost crying because I left a job I knew for one that was so technical I didn’t know if I would make it. Glad you made it through your week! That PowerPoint would have put me to sleep. It’s my worst nightmare for a meeting.

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    1. Thank goodness you did! Thank you me too. Yeah PowerPoint presentations can be just awful but luckily these weren’t too bad. Different presenters and some a bit interactive too which helped break it up!


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