Today I start a new job in Washington, DC. Ever since I moved to the DC area over 14 (eek!) years, I always wanted to work in the city. However, the jobs I got were in Baltimore and other areas in Maryland. So finally my dream to be a city-girl comes true. Working in DC comes with perks, but also comes with new expenses. Never before have I had to pay for parking at work. When I worked in Baltimore, the company paid for everyone to park in a garage. In Maryland, parking was always free.
Being the planner that I am, as soon as I found out I got the job, I looked up all the parking options near the new job and even mapped out how long of a walk they would be to the office.. Taking the metro wasn’t even option for me because I’m so used to having my car, I already knew I was going to be driving back and forth to the city. Not to mention, I only lived 15 minutes from the city, so this will be the best commute ever. YES!!
After technically being unemployed for over a year, this new job comes with excitement and nervousness.I feel like it’s the first day at a new school, where I don’t know anyone and don’t know what to expect. Over the weekend I started prepping myself by getting my nails and hair done. Gotta make sure I look good because, “when you look good, you feel good!” I picked out an outfit for the first day, only to later change it after much consideration.
Then the nervousness started setting in. Is my new desk in a good spot? (Social anxiety makes me uncomfortable sitting with my back to a lot of people) Will my co-workers like me? Will I even like them? Will I make friends? I’m usually all about business when it comes to work, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few friendly faces to engage in good conversations with. And then my girl sends me this article Your Coworkers Are Not Your Friends. I agree 100% with the article, especially this point: “You are in a business environment where the goals of the organization are driven by business decisions. The goal of building workplace relationships is to accomplish your professional and business goals.”
The one thing that I am confident about is the actual job I’ll be doing. It’s in the same field that I was in before, but now my job will be more specialized. Although I have to learn new computer systems, there’s no worries there. All in all, I know I got this and I’ll walk into the new office today with confidence. So on my morning commute this morning, my hype music will definitely be Rick Ross – You The Boss and Walk Thru by Rich Homie Quan. LOL