Humidity, green grass and girls with big hair are characteristics of Indiana thus far. Travels were fairly uneventful, as was my first day of orientation with the parent company. However, during orientation the company credit union was doing a presentation and they passed out applications to join. I went ahead and filled one out. Then they did a drawing for a $250 gift card from the applications they received....and yours truly won it! I've never won anything like that in my life, so what a fun start to the career world:) At the orientation, I was the youngest person by a good 15 years and throughout the day of visiting and getting to know the group (about 13 people) the "motherly" of the group were quite concerned about me being so young and far away from home. I ended up with three ladies' phone numbers to "call if I ever needed anything at all" and a church invite! See, there are sweet people everywhere:)
Today was my first day at my company and what a whirlwind! The phrase "drinking from a fire hose" doesn't even begin to describe it, though I know that will be the feeling for the next few months. When I interviewed with this company, a huge attraction was just the caliber of all the employees who seemed incredibly capable and competent, but also like good people you'd want to just visit with. Today I met even more folks who further proved my initial perception of the company, and this makes me so excited! I'm eager to continue getting to know colleagues, as well as the role of a sales person, the business, and the poultry industry...bring it on, birds;) It looks like my life for the next 3-6 months will be spent learning all of the above, and then I'll be moved out to manage a territory.
And tonight I had supper with my friend Beau (national office teammate) and realized that it is such a blessing to have such good friends in close proximity. Now I'm going to crash and hope that all the info my brain took in will settle overnight so there is room to start over tomorrow....oh how I hope my brain is big enough for this position!
Thanks for all the prayers for a safe and good start!