March 30, 2011

New Girl on the Job

Hi everybody!! I hope everybody is happy the week is more than halfway over! I always like to think that the week is on a downward path after Wednesday. Nerd Alert! I just made this bell curve so you could have a visual of what I mean.
As you all know I started my new job as a revenue accountant at the Girl Scouts of Northern California on Monday. The office is about 30 miles from my house which in a "normal" commute time takes me about 45-50 minutes. However, Monday morning there was construction on one of the freeways and it took me an hour and half!!! I was so mad and I ended up being late (ugh!) on my first day. I called in and let them know there was a ton of traffic so they knew I just wasn't running late which is the proper thing to do. They were definitely understanding. I started the day at 9AM (well 9:20) and hardly anybody was in the office. I had a talk with the CFO and she seems great. She is really understanding and made me feel good about working there. She stressed how they want to make sure the employees are happy and doing well which is such a change from my previous job.

I got settled into my desk and did a much of orientation stuff. I share an office with another lady. My desk is pretty boring right now, I need to decorate it with some bright colors since there's no window in the room. I have two huge computer screens, one of which is positioned so that only I can see it when people walk into our office. I keep twitter open on that one during the day! (So bad!!)

The whole company is mainly women (I think there are only like 5 men). My department has 12 people in it including myself. I report to my supervisor who I get along with well. The other ladies in my department are kinda on the quite side. I don't know yet if that is just their personalities or maybe they just aren't comfortable talking with me. My officemate is really nice though. Every day so far we have eaten lunch together. The only bad thing is that they all eat lunch at 1 o'clock. I don't know about you guys but I usually like to eat around 12/12:30. I am starving by the time 1 o'clock rolls around but I don't want to be rude. Maybe in a week or so I'll say I'm just going to eat lunch earlier.

So far the work is interesting because it is all so new to me. I was an auditor previously and before I bore you too much describing what I did I will say that it is almost the opposite of what I am doing now. An accountant works for a company and records all the financial activity and the auditor comes in and basically checks the reporting the accountant did to make sure it was done properly. So it is really weird for me to be "on the other side" of the process. Even my supervisor and I have laughed about it.

I am really enjoying learning more about the Girl Scouts since I wasn't one when I was younger. They have a lot of fun programs (with the cutest names) for girls. The "products" that I am working with interest me and I think that is really important. I had applied for a job at a science lab/health-care developer and I am now thinking there was a reason why I didn't get that job. I don't think I would have been too interested in the subject of that work like I am with this job. I think this will be a great fit for me.

P.S. There is all this cute cookie-related stuff around the office! It makes me crave girl scout cookies all day!
P.P.S. I was going to add some pictures of accessories I want for my desk but I'm too tired. Maybe I will take a picture of my desk once I get it all decorated. :)
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Katy M said...

Congrats on the new job! I was a Girl Scout growing up, and they really do have great programs for girls! Can't wait to see how you decorate your desk! :)

Kelly-Marie said...

Congrats on the new job. It sounds like you're really enjoying it and loving it. Plus, it's for the Girl Scouts, it can't get any better than that. I love the Lemonade Girl Scout cookies. :)

Michelle said...

YAY! Sounds like a great job and I'm so happy to hear that you are enjoying it :)

moderndaywife said...

Sounds like a fun job! :-)

Lindsey said...

Congrats on the new job - and what a neat company to be working for!!

Lindsey Leigh said...

Girlfriend get use to the cookies! I interned with girl scouts in the PR dept & guess where we stored all of our pr cookies for media & such? Yup, MY OFFICE. I loved it though & I am soooo jeal. I have been applying to GS councils all over the southeast.

Melanie Mueller said...

I am so glad you are enjoying your job! I hope you have a very happy and successful career there. Hope your second week is a fun one too!!

Heather said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying your new job! I think it's so neat that you work for the Girl Scouts!

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