“So how is it going? Are you enjoying it? Are the people nice?” Some of the many questions that await you when you start a new job. I have to say that so far it’s going great. Who knew you could learn so much in just a couple of months?  I still feel like I have so much more to do and accomplish, so it feels like I’ve only just arrived – and yet it’s been three months. Wow, hasn’t that just flown by? And the best thing is, I’m not even the new person any more!

 I thought being the “new girl” would mean struggling to remember names, dealing with the endless coffee orders or running to collect the post, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Okay, so there’s still a little bit of that, but actually we all share those jobs. It’s quite exhilarating and it feels like the perfect time to just be involved in everything whilst also trying to continuously soak up knowledge, be helpful and improve.

 What an exciting time it has been: new experiences, new people – and new software. Three months ago I hadn’t even heard of Slack, let alone used it, but now, well, I guess you could say I’m a Slack obsessive. I’m already beginning to look at things in a completely different light, as my work brain is constantly ticking. I now find myself critiquing the adverts on TV and analysing a Twitter profile thinking, “They could do so much more with their social media.” 

 Like any job, it does still come with some of its stresses. Do I know how to do that? What does that even mean? Is this a silly question? Yet I think one of the biggest things I’ve taken from the past few months is that no question is silly, and a lot of the time other people want to ask that question too. People are more than happy to help and advise me, I just have to speak up and ask for help if I need it. Everybody is on a different point of the learning curve and there’s going to be something that everyone may be confused about. 

 Keeping on top of everything can be a little challenging but I have my watch-word to help me – organisation! Lists frame my life, and efficiency will be music to everyone’s ears! So, if, like I was, you are in a new job and sometimes feel as if you’re caught in the middle of a fireworks display, keep organised and think of all of these new experiences as not only a chance to learn, but a time to make memories. So if you’re the new girl, try not to stress over it. In three months you can look back and see how far you’ve come too!


Holly Duncan-Quinn

By Holly Duncan-Quinn - Senior Researcher

9 August 2019


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