Thursday, November 21, 2013

Flexible work schedule!

Yeah for that, it means I can come in earlier and leave earlier to drop off and pick up the girls from nursery. This means I spend between 30-45 minutes in the car each way as opposed to 1.5 hours. I also found out that working away from the office while on "vacation" is possible. This means that I can go back to the US with the girls this summer for the month of Ramadan and not have to use all of my vacation days. Sweet!! Now we just have to find a place to stay that won't break the bank.

The work is still a little bit of a mystery to me, but I'll definitely be learning a lot of new programs, programs I have wanted to work with and I'll have to tools to actually learn them. InDesign, Excel (crazy indepth), LiveCycle, InfoPath, etc. All of these programs, plus probably picking up some programming knowledge. This are all things that I feel like will be useful in life, so getting to learn them on the job is even better. I also have to figure out what I want my yearly training to be, I don't know if I should go conference or course. I'll have to see what interests me most.

I've been able to help with some process sorting out as well as some policy write ups. I'm still learning and there are so many, but I feel like I'm starting to get a hold on things. I went out to lunch wit hthe Director and I thought we were going to have a work talk, but she just wanted to chat. It was fun. So far things are good, can't wait ti get in and start running trainings! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The beginning

It's very weird to go from knowing tons about what's going on in an office, having people come to you with their problems and knowing how to fix them to not even knowing where to get your pens. This new position is a lot to get used to going from that situation. I spent last week meeting with everyone in the office, finding out what they do, what systems they are working with and what needs they have. It was a little weird for them, I think they thought I was trying to do something negative, but then after the first few people everyone realized that I'm just trying to help out.

I now have a list of all areas that need work, I'll compile them and see what topics came up most and figure out with the Director what issues I'll tackle first. I must say that having a game plan in place getting my training started will be essential or I'll feel completely useless in the office. I already kind of do, but it's so nice to hear the phone ringing and not freaking out about making sure someone is answering it. I still have the urge to answer other people's phones. I also don't have to worry about whether or not supplies are stocked, booking conference calls with 3 minutes notice or being buried under a pile of paperwork every month like clockwork. It's strange not having my team and I don't think they will stay for very long after my departure. I tried to set things up for them after I left, but apparently things are reverting to the pre-me status quo.

The next steps after the game plan will be really trying to figure out what the heck everyone is doing! There are so many departments in our department, I've count 6 and there are 16 people. At least I've got the names down, next it's more interviewing, writing processes and policies and then once I've sorted that out it's onto training prep. It's going to be a super busy time getting used to all of this. It's exciting and a little scary!     

Sunday, November 3, 2013

First Day

I've survived my first day, which was complete with impromptu military exercise that had us stranded in the office for 3 hours, snipers on the roof and vehicles that looked like the Christian Bale batmobiles rolling around outside of the building. It was weird.

I made it through some confusing orientations, picked up my emergency preparedness bag, complete with MREs, water bladders, candles and water purification tablets. I'll perhaps get some more orientation later. I also learned of a nice shipping bonus, which means my family can send over all the Christmas presents they want for the girls!

I still don't know what exactly I'll be doing! And my supervisor is leaving for a week and a half. Contracts and documentation seem to be on the forefront and then the training will happen a bit later. It also seems as though most of the department is new, so even they are confused about many of the policies. I'm looking forward to all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas events they will be having and we can also now enroll in a bunch of great classes for the girls in like gymnastics, piano, ballet and swimming for free! The big challenge now will be figuring out exactly what I'm supposed to be doing, what the department needs and get in some good development programs to keep me on my toes. It's exciting and I'm so glad I'm finally at the new job.