Starting a new job is one of the most exciting things in life, (is it me or does the feeling bear resemblance to the excitement that runs through our veins on our first days at school?), and, just like that, it doesn’t necessarily come with a manual (that’s too bad, hey).
What to wear? When to smile? Who to smile at? How to make sure that all the info is sinking in and you still look smart and confident? After all, first impressions do count and you definitely wanna impress on your first day. Right?
Well, sometimes when we’re nervous and eager to impress (aren’t we all at some point?), we clam up and may end up saying the wrong thing, at the wrong time, to the wrong person (let’s be honest: haven’t we all been there somehow?).
Anyhow, despite the butterflies in my stomach, day one at the Cowork Hub was after all, a very pleasant experience. Having been welcomed by an alarm sound and witnessed a (temporary) power cut “crisis”, the rest of the day felt just like business as usual. I was shown around by Alex, a young chap with a brilliant mind and Nneka, who was so patience and calm (have I mentioned already that she has a gorgeous smile on her face all the time?).
People were extremely friendly and welcoming towards me. How is it going Val? Yvonne did ask by lunchtime. “Well, I am still here, so, I guess it’s going well” and it did indeed.
After taking notes about pretty much everything (being a journalist myself, I can’t help it), chatting to Mariella about one of Britain’s favourite topics of conversation (the weather, of course!) and engaging in a deep conversation with some folks from Rocket Spark and Braiform on “how much caffeine is really too much”? (okay, if you ask me I don’t think there is such a thing as too much coffee, I scooted my chair away and sat down for a while to get some work done (that’s the whole point of this, right?).
Watching coworkers coming in and out, living the entrepreneurship dream, socialising with each other and making their marks by helping to drive the UK economy has made me feel really at ease, at home, even though I am miles away from home (hold your breath: this is a topic for our next blog, deal?).
As for now, it is all a “work in progress” as Alex likes to say. I can only hope that it will be a fun, enlightening, rewarding and yet challenging journey…. something I am definitely looking forward to!!
By for now. Do not be a stranger. Tell us what topics you would like to see here next. anything really. Be bold. Be brave. Be Cowork Hub.
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