It has been such a long time since I started a new role, that I forgot what it was like to be the Know-Nothing-N00b!
I’ve spent the better part of the week sorting out my email migration (different parts of the bank use different email programs, it’s a bit crazy) and other stuff. Today I actually did get some productivity happening, but I really don’t feel useful just yet.
This is not a whinge! I think it’s exciting to be out of my comfort zone. Earlier in the week when I had no working systems it was frustrating and boring because I was absolutely no help. But once I got some of that stuff sorted out, and started being able to learn and help, it was kind of fun being the new girl. Also – today I got to wear casual clothes, which I will now get to do every Friday! Small things add to my thrills, it is true …
So my week has been an exercise in patience and discomfort. Soon I will hopefully get to sit down and draft up a little development plan to decide what I need to prioritise. Learning on the job is a great way to learn – I am better at learning by doing than reading. But I do have some procedural documents to have a look at, and now that I have access to everything I can muck about looking at various files and databases as I go. Just remember – when learning – “read only” is your friend! No I do NOT want to save my changes, thank you very much.