My First Day – Sam Smith
The first day of any new experience is always going to be intimidating, with a whole bunch of new people to meet and new things to learn, a whole new life to start living.
For me, the nerves began to creep in when I was on the underground, after the manic rush of getting suited and booted for the first day was over and I had time to actually think about it.
I came out of the station and headed towards the building, signed in and was directed where to go. I arrived in the room where everything had been laid out in preparation for our arrival. There were 21 of us that were in exactly the same boat, from a range of backgrounds and cultures; this made me feel a lot more relaxed, as did the HR representatives looking after us.
The conversation began to flow as everyone began to feel more comfortable, and then HR took over to lead us into the first day of our training, this was when it really struck me that this was the beginning of my career…
The first day flew by, and so did the first month. Before I knew it, I was doing my first rotation as part of the graduate programme and those day onenerves in that meeting room feel like an age ago!
Looking back, if I could give myself one piece of advice it would be to just be yourself and be friendly. I know it sounds cliché but the networks and friendships that you build amongst your graduate class from day one, will help you greatly in the years to come!