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Day two report

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Leehaa, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

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    (Yes I know it's early!)

    Hmmm, not sure really how I feel about the new job.

    The team is really good. The set- up is great, and the job is huge - there is loads you can do - not really many restrictions....

    ....yesterday I installed two HP Windows 2003 servers - set them up (with a bit of help), then mounted one of them in the rack, installed Windows, joined to the domain etc. It was really interesting - and I guess now that i've done the two, I'd be fine to do more on my own (done a couple of Dells before, but they were easier and the RAID etc was already pre-configured)...
    ...today they talked me through a coupld of the user issues and how to resolve...these issues aren't what I am used to though - they were quite specific to the systems and network infrastructure - you really need to know what you are doing.....I was then left alone for a while (mainly cos i've joined at a busy time and they have loads to get done) and so I looked at the types of problems that were raised to see if i'd be able to do a few on my own....and I couldn't - well there were about 3 that I'd be able to do, but need to know the systems a bit more to be able to troubleshoot a bit further, but wow - I know it's only day two, but I am feeling very out of my depth and the guys there seem to be real whizzes at it all and I feel totally overwhelmed and my brain appears frozen whenever they ask me to do anything...

    I also offered them "bot" - my robot who sat on my old desk at my old work, as they have this big thing that they worship (it's a jokey thing - they offer it gifts occasionally to keep the department running smoothly - my gift was bot)...but they didn't seem too bothered, which annoys me as he means a lot to me!:( (Arrrgh, I really am turning into a geek - I am generally upset over it all! :oops:)

    I am going to give it a fair go, but I really do feel this new role may be a little out of my depth :cry:
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    Once you get used to their systems you'll be fine.

    In any job when you first start of the first couple of weeks can be very daunting, hopefully they are teaching you. So after a couple of weeks you will be whizzing through like the rest of them in no time. :)
     
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  3. Sparky
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    It’s early days so give the job a chance. Also if you could do everything (technical) first time then you might as well of stayed in your old job.

    I’m sure after a few weeks you will be more settled. 8)
     
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  4. NightWalker

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    The guys are right. I felt very similar when I started my current job, it takes a while to learn the network, the naming conventions and the software applications they use. Stick with it, you’ll be up to speed before you know it.
     
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  5. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    I agree with GBL. It's early days, we've all been there. Going through the motions.8) Wondering if we made the right choice because there's a lot of stuff we don't know.

    Well let me tell you this, you don't get confidence natually, it comes from doing the job, making mistakes and learning by them! It takes time if you make a mistake then at least you will of learn something by it!

    Have faith Leehaa and believe in yourself!!8)
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    What they all said. Advancing to the next level often comes with growing pains. In just a few weeks or months, you'll be fine! :)
     
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  7. Wassup

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    I agree with the posts above, it sounds like a good job. :)

    give it a few more days and then ask if things have been running smoothly this week, if yes, you can say your bot offering has made all the difference.
    Of course, if no, then don't mention bot, just ask if you can do anything to help :)
     
  8. Leehaa

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    Thanks guys - I guess you're right (as usual)

    Hubby reminded me that when I first started my old job it was exactly the same...and now, the one thing that I was most worried about...learned...and am now most confident about in my new job is Domino administrator (yup - couldn't escape good old Notes - though they have exchange and Outlook too - so all is good). Most of the guys weren't sure how to register an ID for me, so I did it myself today (once details on mail locations etc were provided) :)

    Think it's just the sudden change - totally different network (much bigger), proceedures, thorough documentation - these guys are pretty impressive - no short cuts - everything done properly and documented...and there's about 10 x the amount of people (and growing) that used to be in the old place - all in the middle of a site migration - it's just a bit of a shock probably!

    What made me panic more is that the IT manager from one of the other companies I interviewed at contacted me yesterday to see if I had any regrets, and to basically say that the position is there for me still if I wanted it....so it made me worry if I did the right thing, and should I go with this guy...but at the end of the day it'll probably be worse moving from my new place to them as it's another move, and may not be "right"...I need to give it a couple of weeks at least - maybe get them to give regular feedback so I can see it from their point of view too!!
     
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  9. Leehaa

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    :D Thank you.
     
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  10. Mitzs
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    Leeahh, if they did not think you were the right person for the job with the ability to learn the skills you will need for this job they would not have hired you hun. You can do this. You are just feeling overwhelemd at the moment because you are outside of the box you have been living in for months now and can't do everything there yet with your eyes close like the old place. Remember when your old manager left and you were thrown in the deep end? You did it then didn't you? Yes you did! Take a deep breath and relax. Watch and learn, jump in where you can and start reading up on the stuff when you can't do something. Ask them if your aloud to google information to understand something better if you are stuck. See if they have paper work or manuals there that you can use. As long as you are trying you will get the hang of it. Stop selling yourself short this is the chance you have been waiting for. Noone is expecting you to be able to do it all but yourself. Girl, sometimes you are your own worse enemy. Now cowgril up and do your thing leeahh style and you will be just fine!
     
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  11. Leehaa

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    Hmmm, funnily enough the worst enemy bit is what my hubby and friends say - it comes from my adoptive parents - Dad esp - he's a real perfectionist - has to be able to do something perfectly first time - around or we won't hear the end of it!! :D

    Cheers Mitzs - seems a lot better when you put it that way - lol!!
     
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  12. sunn

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    Exactly...

    People sometimes feel overwhelmed when facing new challenges. Don't create your own stress. Don't think you can't do it. Think of this as your grace period. Learn what they have, how they manage it, and what you can do to assist (it might be to get out of the way and learn the systems on your own the best you can).

    They hired you for a reason - I'm sure it was a good reason too :)

    P.S. I can't remember, this wasn't the place where your blouse was unbottoned was it? Just wanted to make sure I had the right reason for the hire :biggrin

    Seriously, give it sometime (2-days isn't enough) before making a judgement. I'd say 2-weeks is better, and a full quarter is fair.
     
  13. NightWalker

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    Wise words.
     
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    Lol - no this one was one where there was no blouse - a top that covered well, and a cardigan!! :D
     
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    Anyone other than me just not read the rest of that response? I zoned out after that bit...

    :biggrin

    Seriously - most people have been where you are in a role at least once in their careers. I had a job like that a few years back - left to join a new place after following someone I used to work with - worst mistake of my working life but I stuck it out for six months to give the job every chance. A couple of days just isn't long enough... Leave it at least three months would be my advice
     
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  16. tripwire45
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    I agree with what's been said and can't add to it except to also offer you my support and encouragement. Go get 'em, Lee. :wink:
     
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  17. Leehaa

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    Cheers for all the support on this one, but I stuck at it a few more days then decided that the role wasn't for me - perhaps in a year or so (It is intensely technical, and my first project was configuring CISCO switches to talk to eachother and secure V-LANS, configuring firewalls with numerous policies) The manager said he is surprised and that he believes I would have done really well there / was doing fine and, It was a great experience, but I just found that my brain was going to explode and I feel I need to go out there and get a more of a "grounding" before I do that jump!

    The manager from one of the interviews I went to the other week (blouse one) came back a couple of times - once to see if I would reconsider, then to say that if my current role wasn't working out to let him know as they may still have something. I have disussed it with him and the MD and they have offered me a job there (YAY).

    The environment is a little more like my last company (bar the Lotus Notes), full of web developers and bit bigger and nicely structured and quite "chilled" so hopefully I will find it a little easier to settle down...

    I start next week, so here we go again with the getting to know people lol! (I don't understand how some people find it fun moving jobs so frequently)
     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    Congrats - again! :)
     
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    Heh! Thank you! :D
     
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  20. Sparky
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    Ack well, sounds like your new job is cool though... ....and no Lotus Notes! Yay! :cheers
     
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