This past year has been a year of “firsts” for me. It was the first time I lived on my own, the first time I commuted to work, the first time I kept a time-sheet, the first time I directly reported to a manager, and the first time I got to work as a summer analyst in New York City. My name is Mia, and I just finished my first year at Tufts University (Go Jumbos!).
Working in a New York City office was intimidating in the beginning. I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. In a few weeks, I slowly picked up on habits and office etiquette. The Orientation process summarized the different teams at Something Digital and the company’s history. However, they did not specifically go over how to report to someone, update your time sheet productively, stay organized, schedule a meeting with 10 very busy people, and get up at 7 am every day to catch a train into the city. However, I did finally master these skills (still struggled in the wake-up department though).
My personal summer project ended with a presentation to the managers and partners in the office. When I found out that I would have to give a presentation at the end of the summer, my stomach immediately dropped. I was reassured by my manager, Mickey Winter, that she trusted me and knew that I would learn the material.
This sentiment of trust, confidence, and helpfulness is characteristic of Something Digital’s office atmosphere. The people in the office work like a well-oiled machine. They are constantly discussing strategy, new ideas, and issues, while being very inclusive and smiling broadly. I can tell that the people truly love to be there because of Something Digital’s honesty and transparency.
I discovered a lot about myself and my career by working with the people at Something Digital. My presentation went great (if I do say so myself)! Of course I was nervous, but the sense of accomplishment and positive feedback that I received when I was finished was very rewarding. I can only hope that my career is filled with as much inspiration and excitement as those of the people at SD.
The four weeks that I spent as a summer analyst flew by very fast. I learned a lot from my superiors, fellow summer hires, and the office experience itself. My new skills in scheduling, organization, business, presenting, copying, printing, and lunch run techniques are always going to be useful for me. Starting a new job after college without confidence or any solid occupation idea can be scary. But, this job has given me a better sense of my own skills and what I want my career to be like. This was an incredible year of “firsts”, and Something Digital is definitely a first I will value for a long time.
Written by: Mia, Summer Analyst