Adventures in my first job out of full-time education
My first day at Advice Cloud was the 18th of August. So I’ve been here for about seven weeks!
In that time I have been working in an office for the first time, seen G-Cloud 7 tender open and close, got my very first business cards and got promoted. Not bad for a wide-eyed graduate!
The ‘early’ starts have got easier to cope with and I think (hope) my body-clock is adjusting, and I’ve moved all the way to Hove from Brighton. Having actual weekends free again is a huge bonus that I hadn’t really thought about. I seem to have found my feet much quicker than I was expecting and the transition from studying to full-time employment has been relatively painless.
I’ve surprised myself with the skills I’ve picked up during university that are transferrable to the office environment. Most of these skills are quite obvious such as organisation, logical thinking and focus, I just hadn’t realised I had developed them.
My first few days were filled with learning new acronyms, processes and programs; looking back I can see how much I’ve learnt about business processes and cloud computing on the job, as I started pretty much from scratch. I can now talk about cloud and public sector procurement at some length. The most nerve-racking thing that I’ve done so far is emailing clients, which I found awful initially because I convinced myself that I’d emailed it to the wrong person, attached the wrong document etc. However I’ve grown used to it and have actually only made a few mistakes so far. I have got to grips with contact apps and social media management software and I’m now in the process of trying to streamline them. We are also looking to restructure our project management system so I’m experimenting with apps and software to find the best match for us.
The working culture here is very open and flexible, it helps being small as suggestions & ideas get worked on quickly, and I feel like I’m listened to. It has very exciting to work in a start-up and so far it’s been a very successful period for the company.
With this new promotion I’ve got a lot more responsibility and plenty to learn, but really I’m excited for it. We’ll see what happens next!