Tomorrow, I start a new job. I’m really excited about it – I think it’ll be a good learning opportunity, and I think it was definitely the right move for me, career-wise.
But I’m filled with jitters that come from starting anything new. Things like…what will I wear? What if I say the wrong thing? I like to joke around a lot at work, and I don’t think my boss is terribly serious, but she’s also not sarcastic and joking-funny the way my current boss is.
I’m also afraid because it’s a tiny office – like, there are two and a half of us working there. We have to share a computer. That’s potentially a lot of one-on-one time with another person.
But I’m excited, because it’s experience. Different experience. Paying clients experience. Private practice experience. Solo practice experience. All of these are good things. It’s also a slightly different area of law than I’ve been practicing, but things I need to know if I do want to pursue elder law.
I’m also excited because the workplace is business-casual. It is “nice pants and a dress shirt” kind of attire. It’s “you don’t need to wear a suit” kind of an office. And have I made it quite clear that I don’t care for suits? Anyway, as they said at the end of How I Met Your Mother this season, New Is Always Better.
So here we go! Any tips for getting along with people or going with the flow at a new job?