Getting started on something can often be the hardest part of a task. From starting off a blog post, to getting out of bed to start your day (coffee helps with that though), to starting a new chapter in your life, beginnings can be tough. But they are also usually very rewarding. Once you get past that initial sentence, roll out of bed, and first week on the job, you can feel so proud and get the ball rolling from there.
My first week or so working at ITM Events went great, but on top of being excited, I was really nervous. One of The Bads of starting anything that is new and different is self-doubt. This is not exclusive to a particular job or a particular kind of person. I think we all are nervous of failure. What would push us to do our best at something? That’s one thing that makes beginnings difficult. Overcoming that doubt and saying to yourself, “You’ve got this, you’re doing great. Keep it up,” is a struggle that I know I am not alone in experiencing. As soon as you get there though, that is one of The Goods of starting something new and different.
Now that I have met and become comfortable with Julia, Angie, and Melanie, I am feeling the rewards of starting my new co-op adventure already. They are such inspiring and strong women and I am so glad I found this co-op placement. I already feel like part of the team and although I don’t have knowledge about the industry to contribute, I want to contribute the unique attributes that I do have to offer, such as a different perspective and willingness to learn and grow and do my best.
Some things I learned from the first two weeks are things that I will carry with me to the end of this semester and probably beyond. One very important lesson is, “Let’s begin our staff meeting,” really means, “Get comfortable, you will be sitting in that spot and talking about everything in excruciating detail for about five hours.” Another is that there will always be distractions thrown at you while you are trying to concentrate, like Julia’s big, excited chocolate lab who really wants to jump and play with you.
Everything is off to a good start and I am eager to start sharing more hands-on and real-life experiences rather than abstract blog posts. Stay tuned because I will have lots to talk about in next week’s blog post as I have a busy week ahead of me and I get to attend and work at actual events that I have been involved in the planning of!