Going to try to keep this short - just wanted to get it down before I forgot.
It is very strange starting a new job. Trying to figure out if it’s this company in particular or just the experience altogether. Though, the only time I ever felt the same when starting a job was when I worked at Starbucks. The cultures are very similar and I am relieved (yet still cautious) that I have found that culture again.
It’s also strange seeing it from a social perspective. The training/new hire process of educating the people about praised and shunned ways of thinking is apparent. Not necessarily negative, as positivism is valued. It’s just the observation of seeing how we are being assimilated into the other workers so when we get out of training we will be perfectly made for their society that exists only in that building. Rituals play a big part here as well.
Either way, it at least exercises all those years I spent studying sociology in college. I almost remember why I liked it so much….except that the benefits of it don’t enhance much but the way I think about the world.
I do like it so far though. We are in pretty intense training and I’m learning a lot everyday. I’m happy to be at a place where there are more people like me. The intense socialization is sometimes overwhelming but also enjoyable because I am around people that treat me with respect. Definitely not a feeling I’ve had with my last 1.5 years of employment.