I think one of the hardest things about starting any job is that first week. You go in, don’t know anything (not even where the bathroom or kitchen are) and don’t know anyone… it’s just hard.
And at the same time you REALLY want to make a good first impression. Which, especially as an intern that wants to maybe get hired somewhere down the line, includes not asking too many questions.
But besides finding your way around a new building and trying to remember a dozen new names and faces, you are almost certainly going to encounter some new software as well.
It was like that for me this week. There is this cool automated marketing system called Mautic that I spent almost a whole day trying to get installed and running on a Cloud9 server. And a new way of creating WordPress templates (and I was the lucky one having worked with both WordPress and PHP before, some of my fellow interns are learning both at the same time and trying to figure out how to build these templates).
I’m not in the group that is learning Ruby/Rails. And I’m both jealous they are learning something I’m not, and relieved that I don’t have to do that just yet.
By the end of the week though, I felt pretty good about the internship. There is a learning curve, but I think that is always going to be the case with a new job in a new company. I felt like I had learned enough by the end of the week to make a contribution, and that’s not a bad first week.
I’m also excited about the company and what they are doing. It’s an interesting group with a lot of great ideas. I’m hoping to see a few of them play out while I’m there, and might be interested in staying if they do.
In the meantime, we have this demo day coming up next week. And I’m relieved not to be one of the lunch speaker/presenters.
I still have to set up a computer with my project(s) for the open house and I’ve been working on that this weekend. Not the Epicodus workstation, but at least getting the projects I am wanting to show running. I was hoping to get them running on Cloud9 which seems like a pretty good place to put things up live.
It’s really cool when it works…
But there are so many projects that were working fine a month ago when we built them at school that are crashing when I try to run them here.