So, today I started my new job.  For those of you just tuning in, I was recently hired as a Program Manager for a company called Datasphere Technologies.  They do hyper-localization.  That’s okay.  I don’t expect you to understand what it means either. 

I realized that this job was going to be a step above what I had been doing at Microsoft, and I was right.  However, after today, it feels less like a step and more like I need a pole vault pole to reach it.  I’m sure I’ll be able to pick it up, but I feel like there’s so much to learn so quickly, trying to pick it up is rather like trying to get a sip of water from a firehose.

Yeah…it’s kindof like that.  I really like the folks in the office and the folks I’m working with, but it’s been a big change of environment.  I instantly went from being one of the oldest people on the team with the most understanding of what was going on behind the scenes to being one of (if not the) youngest, and completely without a clue in the world.

At one point, I had such a bad headache I thought I was going to pass out…and I couldn’t tell if it was from the tiny screens I was using (it’s hard to go from three 24" widescreen monitors to a 19" non-widescreen monitor), the flourescent lights, or the fact that my brain had effectively been turned into Jello.  Plus, now that I’m no longer an hourly employee, I get to stay at work later, which I hadn’t prepared for in terms of edibles.

Right now, things just feel a little unsettled.  I get like this every time I experience change, though.  I don’t have any doubt that I’m going to pick up everything I need to in a timely manner, and will be able to be quite successful in my work.  And I don’t doubt that I will really enjoy what I’m doing.  I just always have a few shaky moments as I get on my feet.

On the plus side, I just filled out the paperwork for my very first big-boy insurance today.  I’m actually on a group policy!  It’s a really good group policy, too.  It almost makes me want to get seriously ill just so I can test it out.  But not really. 

So, after the first day of work, I’m a little wiped.  I think that a nice dip in the hot tub will be in order this evening, then maybe the remainder of the pint of ice cream in my freezer.  Then bed.  Definitely bed.

  • Yay for your new job!  I know it is overwhelming now, but just think…in a few months you'll be such an expert that you won't seem like the new guy anymore…and people will be coming to YOU for questions.  You're just smart like that:)  Love you!