As you may know, I recently moved to Paris for my 6 months internship. I have just finished my first week full of emotions, novelties and funny incidents, inspiring me to write this post. Without further a due, here are eight things every newbie on the open space will relate to!
Happily meeting your colleagues
It was day one and you were very excited about meeting new people, so you acted friendlier and nicer than your usual self. You put in the effort to match all the faces to names by the end of the day. You greeted everybody with a big smile while responding to the same two questions over and over: “Who is your superior?” & “What project are you working on?”. Apparently, the answers provide insight on your potential of influence and reach.
Proudly flaunting your badge
Let’s get real, since the moment you received your badge, you are shamelessly and ceaselessly showing it to the world. You held a photoshoot in its honour and sent the pictures to your family & close friends.
Fashionably walking in
You updated your closet recently and, every morning, you show up dressed to the nines. Everybody needs to know how fashionable, classy and elegant you are, especially that guy/girl you are already crushing on.
Desperately calling the IT’s hotline
"I was born in the 90s, computers have no secrets for me". Well … you still needed to befriend the IT crew, because who else would help you connect to the servers? Provide you with all the necessary passwords? And allow you internet access?
Quickly catching up with office gossips
Working in an open space has its advantages and inconveniences. In this case, whether you believe in the separation of personal and professional lives, or not, you ended up catching on the office’s latest gossips in no time.
Overly justifying yourself
You have always been confident in your abilities. However, when asked to explain your reasoning you can’t help yourself from over justifying or over explaining. In some situations, you were afraid of sounding as a know-it-all and hid behind textbooks theories to defend your opinion.
Surprisingly opting for “we”
Whenever the company you are interning in pops into a conversation, you unconsciously started using possessive pronouns like “we” and “us”.
The week ended, but your exploratory journey didn’t. Every new day holds new experiences.
For those who were wondering, I am interning as an innovation & knowledge manager in an international engineering group. Overall, I had an incredible first week that exceeded all my expectations! I am working with a great team and everybody was welcoming! I am truly looking forward for what the future will bring!