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My first two weeks at 4MAT: Abeera Alam

Written by Abeera Alam on 03 Jul 17
My first two weeks at 4MAT: Abeera Alam
I was excited to start working at 4MAT as an Account Executive, because this is my first proper job: any previous employment I have had has been in retail, whilst I was studying. I had already met my project management team at 4MAT and as well as many other colleagues at an after work social event at Bounce the Friday before I started. Accidentally hitting ping pong balls at people that I was going to be working with was definitely a peculiar way to get to know them, but seeing how much fun everybody was having, and the interest they were showing in introducing themselves to me, substantially calmed my nerves. 

On the Monday morning of my first day at 4MAT, as I left my student flat, I was glad that I wasn't heading to the library- I had only just finished my final year exams at King’s College London, where I studied Geography. As I made my way from Westminster station to Monument station I suddenly started feeling a bit anxious, because I was going to start working in an office where everybody knew what they were doing, whereas I obviously needed a few weeks of training. I was also worried about asking people not only what I needed to do, but how to do them: like silly questions such as how to create an email signature.

Once I had arrived, I was shown around by Suzie. Shortly after Dave introduced me to everybody else in the office one by one. I suddenly had dozens of names to remember, along with the job descriptions of each person, and which team each person belongs to. I obviously knew this was something I was not going to remember, but would become familiar to me over the next few weeks. 

The first week consisted of remembering lots of different things, such as logging everything I do, which I have never had to do before. Getting introduced to 4MAT’s IT system and the products and services, were just two of the many inductions I had. The beginning of the second week was a bit hectic as I was moving from my student flat in Pimlico, back to my family home in Surrey, which officially marked the end of my three years living independently as a student. It was a little sad having to leave Pimlico but working here at 4MAT made the entire move significantly less depressing as I really enjoyed my first week, and have many more to look forward to. The commute from Surrey is only an extra 25 minutes, compared to the commute from Pimlico, so it’s not too bad! 

I look forward to next few weeks as I will have a much better understanding of all the different aspects of my role, and can begin to start discussing ideas with people, and participate more in team meetings!

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