My first day

Max Cooper
Max Cooper28 October 2015

My first day

The dreaded first day for our Marketing Analyst, so how did it go

Not long after receiving the job offer I was preparing for my first day. This time I knew what I was wearing - plain shirt, jeans, and a top knot … yes I’m that guy. The day before I was expected to start, I received an email saying we would be located at Durham Cricket Club just for our first day, which I later found out was because we didn’t yet have our own offices and we’d been told to find somewhere else for the day due to a capacity issue. Safe to say, I was rather intrigued to spend a day in Durham Cricket Club.

Monday morning came round, and like any new starter, I set my alarm far too early and ended up sitting around twiddling my thumbs until I thought the hour was reasonable enough to leave. With plenty of time I punched the postcode of Durham Cricket Club into my sat nav and set on my way. I analysed the drive-in closely, noticing shortcuts and which lanes moved quickest in the traffic.

My sat nav warned me I was 30 seconds from my destination and the butterflies started to set in. I turned the corner to find a smallish establishment with very few lights on. With around 6 car parking spaces, 1 of which was filled, I decided to have a quick scan of the area. Turns out I arrived at Chester Le St Cricket Club. Not a horrible establishment whatsoever, but quite a stretch from the 17,000 capacity Riverside Ground. With this in mind, I punched the postcode in to my trustier iPhone and realised I was around 15 minutes away with 15 minutes to spare. I had no time to waste, so I put my phone down and rushed over to the temporary Atom offices.

I got there just in time, and upon arrival Mark greeted me. This time, aware of who he was, I avoided insulting his shorts. I took a seat around the table and was taken around to meet the employees, luckily as employee number 9, this didn’t take too long. Upon settling in I was introduced to the Regulatory Business Plan. A document that certainly isn’t the easiest read. From this I got an understanding of the Atom offering, who we were, what we stood for and what we were looking to achieve. Before 9am, I had next to no idea how a bank worked, and by the end of the day I felt more than comfortable working in one.

5 o’clock was closing in fast and I did a little round-up of my day. The people were cool, and by that, I mean they weren’t what I had in mind when I thought of ‘bankers’; the opportunity was incredible, and what was to come seemed incredibly exciting. All in all, an impressive first day. So as on a standard first day, I waited until I was told to go home, in case it turned out that these digital bankers worked through the night. Little did I know, this was to come.

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