Three and a half weeks down, 1.93 years to go! Our first almost-month here has been a total whirlwind in the most wonderful way. I wish I could post everything that’s happened so far in a chronological and organized manner, but I feel like adfawoefbAUHDFWEHNWEF and it’s just not gonna happen. So let’s start with the biggest updates in my life that both happened this past Monday (note: there are no updates about Ed’s life in this post. Sorry Eddie! Rest assured, he is thriving per usual):
1) I am employed!
2) I am a for-real, legitimate columnist at an accredited (?) newspaper!
Here is proof of both:
RIGHT?! I mean, don’t mind if I DO. Let’s break down the job situation first. I went on 15 interviews within the first two weeks of moving to Boston, straight hustling. I was handshaking at private equity firms, MIT Sloan Business School, consulting firms, fi-nahnce firms, and executive search firms. In the end, Egon Zehnder won my favor, and my first day was this past Monday, 9/15. Egon is an executive search firm, and I am an Executive Assistant there to the head of the Industrials Practice Group (and the only female partner in the Boston office) named Lisa Blais (pronounced “blaze”, which is sweet). Egon lures established professionals out of their fields (Lisa graduated from HBS, is an engineer, and was a leader in the industrial manufacturing field) and turns them into consultants that then recruit other executives, just like they were, to be CEOs, CFOs, COOs, board members, etc. for Egon’s clients. The good news here is that the searches seem to always be interesting (a candidate ended up being a felon once! Another time a female executive showed up to an interview full of pain meds and bombed!) and I understand the executive search business 100% more than I understood exactly what investment banking was (leveraged debt…no). The bad news is that I know roughly zero about industrials. For example, what is simulation-based optimization? – I have no clue. I will be hot on The Google.
Judging from my first three days of work, this will be the best job I’ve had, to-date. There is only one truly crazy person in the office (we have about 32 people total, which is scary considering my previous experiences) but they are rarely in the office and I will never have to work with them except to answer their phone when everyone else refuses to (I have taken the time between 2008 and present to conquer my phone phear). I am finally starting to feel like I’ve over-paid my insane-in-a-bad-way-coworker dues and am getting a break. Luckily the candidates and clients we work with bring their own brand of crazy so I’ll still have stories to tell and embellish when in front of a group. They probably won’t be as good as my Kmart stories, but close. Check out my name badge:
Do you see the red clippydo thing?! It’s like they KNOW ME. I had to mask how thrilled I was with it’s color when I got it. Everyone else’s is a terrible gray.
Here’s my cube situation:
That photo was a snapchat, and for those who may not understand my snap-English, the bottom text means: “My cube…America”. The office is better in real life than this photo lets on. See that wood mini-closet thing in the bottom right-hand corner? It’s my own mini closet! With two cubbies for personal items and a drawer! Trust me, it’s cool.
That is what corporate heaven looks like, people. I can do roughly one million things at the same time with this set up. And my phone? It has caller ID like all phones in 2014 should. I have a headset that doesn’t have some else’s old makeup on it, and reception will order me whatever brand of red pen I want. There are mini york peppermint patties in the breakroom, and no one steals all of the bananas to hide them in their desk drawer every Monday, which was the d*ck move everyone pulled at my previous job. IT’S LUXURY.
Ok life update #2: I am the proud new volunteer columnist at the Harbus (Harvard Business School Newspaper)! Here’s how it happened:
You can see in the first photo in this post that I have a scripty, 56 pt font signature under the article that says “Emily’. I did not request that, nor am I the photographer of any of the accompanying photos. However now that I know they use stock photography, I’ll definitely be sending in my own selections going forward and see if they make it in. I’ll also submit an author photo, but I need to find the perfect one that says, “I’m a serious writer. But also a lot of fun. And extremely smart. But relatable. And adorable. But still serious”. Maybe this?
Photo courtesy of Andie Herbster at http://www.a-leigh.com
That’s it for this post! Ed is leaving me tomorrow night to go to Portland, Maine a day early with the Section D peeps (I will be joining Friday night) so hopefully I can turn my loneliness into productivity and post about our lovely trip to Gloucester, MA (wait till you see the photos, they’re gorg and #nofilter all over the place). I can no longer distract myself with Real Housewives Of All The Cities anymore since we became Basic Cable subscribers, and that’s probably a good thing for this blog.
Emily, Columnist and Employed Person