How to make a first impression at your new job

I’m on co-op this semester!

For those who are unaware, “co-op”– in Northeastern terms, anyway– is when a student takes off for a semester to work full-time for six months. It’s like an internship, except longer, and kids can actually get paid.

Which isn’t a bad deal! No classes, get experience, save up some money. I went through the process last semester, and got hired! I’m working for a research company located in the Boston ‘burbs.

In fact, Monday was my first day on-site. I came in, met my co-workers, met my boss, and tried to log into my new work laptop.

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Technical troubles already? I talked to my boss.

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So I called. They asked for my name, badge number, username, and…

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Keep in mind that the phone connection was a bit fuzzy. Also keep in mind that my boss was still standing next to me. Finally, keep in mind that, like my own last name, his last name cannot be spelled intuitively.

For confidentiality’s sake, let’s say my supervisor’s last name is Degortino.

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Oh. Uh. 

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Might as well roll with it.

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And that’s how you make a first impression.




That’s all I’ve got to say about that. Really, though, I can’t blog much about my new job! The leader of our new intern orientation told us,

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