“My first day of work in a new company, I’m super excited! Surely, I will get an office tour, I will meet the colleagues, maybe I have the chance to introduce myself a bit and get to know the others better when we go for lunch.” – Exactly this kind of thought I didn’t have at my first day at GDF. When I start working with the GDF, Germany was in the middle of the first #Lockdown, therefore it was impossible to start my new job physically at the GDF office in Munich.
Rather I have thought: “How will that work technically? How do I even get to know my colleagues? And what, if I have to go to the office one day, but have never been there before, where will I sit?” All these worries were unjustified. I had a very smooth onboarding and could meet everybody digitally. Even when I visited the office one day, I had a very warm welcome and the opportunity to meet some of my colleagues in person. Nevertheless, I am a bit sad that I couldn’t meet all of them personally.
The last months I worked three days a week. Usually I started the day with checking emails and the social media plan, to see what today’s posting topic is. After that I worked on creating new content as well as draft and finalize articles. Sometimes it was about to interview colleagues about their current projects and achievements, but also creative work and research on my own. In the course of the day, I had various calls to discuss and approve the different types of content. One time per week we had our comms meeting, when Florian and I coordinate the communications and social media plan for the upcoming weeks.
As I was allowed to work very autonomously I could develop personally as well as sharpen my skills. And thanks to my highly expertised colleagues I could also gain a variety of professional experience and knowledge in a for me very new field of expertise.