So have made it through two weeks of work, technically 9 business days as I started two weeks ago tomorrow. So how is this two week mark different and how am I taking to office life. Compared to the last time I was two weeks in to a job things are way better. I lack a roommate, there is no mouth breather smecking chocolate on the other side of the room. Its not -35 outside. My work day is short enough to leave me with energy to spare. Gone are the 10 to 12 hour days I now work 8 hours.
So how is the work. Get to office around 8. Sit in front of my duel screens of my computer work station, when I want a distraction I look down over Granville Street. If the deadlines permit, as so far they have, I leave work around 4pm. One of the things I am still getting used to is not having home work. It works out that historically the only times I have had a lifestyle with semi-regular hours and or the choice to go home at the end of the day was during my schooling days. Until now the only time I had dealings with a desk on a full time basis was school, so even with the year between BCIT and now and 5 years since my undergrad wrapped up, I secretly expected home work. So colour me a little surprised when I am simply free at the end of the day.
Having signed a nondisclosure agreement as part of my terms of employment I am legally bound to not speak any details. It is safe to say I make maps related to the companies operations. My current products are simple but growing in complexity. I am working with a software that was not covered at BCIT, however its core functions are largely the same. I am impressed that I really did learn things at BCIT.
The people in the office so far are nice, we get along in as much as we interact. I have the choice of shutting my door and being alone. One thing learned through BCIT, during the practicum was the discovery that damn it the way I like to work best is to be left alone with a guild line on the out put. I have that here. No one watches over me. We talk over how things should be done, I make my interpretation and then I make some changes, repeat. Its my first grown up job. Or it feels that way.
It has its new hazards, I managed to leave my keys and wallet in my office last wednesday . I had made to Commercial Broadway Skytrain station, before I realized my error. I was in safeway on the way to grab some eggs before I found my wallet was not on me. Had I had my keys on me I would have headed home, I was tired enough. As it was I did not want to beg the landlords to let me in. I was lucky that there were still a few people about when I came back there.
That trip down town was extra interesting, it was game night the first of the play offs and the train was packed. To make mine and a whole lot of other peoples lives interesting, the escalator going up at Granville station was not working. Now thats a hike.
So there you have it a word salad about work in the city.