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So really my new job isn't at a strip club, it's at an engineering consulting firm. I like it a lot but today I feel like I can't get out from under all the bad things. I'm over a year out of school, yet I have no consulting experience. Which means I've forgotten everything I may have learned at Rutgers, which means I end up saying "I don't know" a lot, and end up being instructed a lot. I like learning things, but it's frustrating to have to figure EVERYTHING out from scratch. I spent all day coming up with these sheets that have maps on them that show the property for a project. Unfortunately the property is right at the corner of a USGS quadrangle; this means that I had to scan and then piece together four different soil maps and county road maps, which of course didn't fit quite right. I also had to figure out how to put together one for a tax map (not too bad) and a terrain map (took me a while to get a hang of the software). It took me all day, whereas I'm sure most of the boys who work here and are not engineers could do it in an hour or two.

Plus I've become addicted to the Internet. At Spamtrak I had all that freetime because I was in a useless jorb; I've become accustomed to checking and rechecking my email, my LJ, and the SNUP BBS, and it sounds ridiculous, but it's hard to get out of the habit. Everytime I finish a simple task I go to check my LJ or something; it's got to stop or I'm seriously going to get in trouble for it. Especially since I'm BILLING all of these hours.

What am I doing composing this? I'm'a going to go try to save my job now.

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counterfeitfake
Nov. 13th, 2001 01:30 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you're talking about and I sympathize. When I started working here, every other sentence from me was "I don't know." And half the other ones started with "How do you..." There was so much around here I didn't know anything about, it was overwhelming and I felt dumb. And stressed out. After a little while I started getting up to speed, and of course now I'm comfortable around here and I have a pretty good grasp on everything I'm supposed to do. So it's just a learning curve, right? I'm sure I'll be in for the same thing all over again the next time I change jobs.
slickninja
Nov. 13th, 2001 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yeeeaaaaahhh SNUP OWNZ J00!
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