The first day at a new job is always nerve-wracking, even more when you’re the only girl, but I never felt out of place at ACT360 – from the very first day, they took me under their wings and made me feel like one of the team.
Including today I’ve been here for more than 2 months and have learned a lot during this time.
But wait, let’s start from the beginning…
Will I Get Rejected Again?
For someone just out of +2, I had accepted that I would not be landing any serious jobs. I still applied to a few places but they were not keen to hire and train an inexperienced girl like me.
All I was great at was written and spoken English, and that was not deemed a useful skill at these companies.
One day a friend told me about a vacancy at a digital marketing company called ACT360. I thought to myself, “Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?” and applied while hoping for the best.
After a few writing tests, and a round of trials, one late morning I got a call asking me to come for an interview the next day!
Dun Dun Dun… The Interview!
When tomorrow finally came I set on my way to the ACT360 office in Hattisar, nervous about what they would ask me in the interview, and if I would be able to answer them or not.
To make matters worse, I got stuck in a traffic jam, and when I finally got to Hattisar I even got lost! I had to call Cheteze dai to ask for directions and by the time I made it to the office I was already 35 mins late.
As I entered the building, all I could think was, “I am going to be rejected.”
Thank god the interviewer, who was Tenzing dai, was very understanding!
Since I had no working experience he proposed I do an internship first and I agreed. This was Thursday and I would start on Sunday. He told me we have a weekly meeting on Sundays and I better not be late.
*cue nervous laughter from me*
Welcome To ACT!
My first work day started with a weekly meeting (we call it a Weekly Action Review, or WAR) followed by introductions by the team and a company orientation session for me.
Cheteze dai handled the orientation where he focused on ACT360’s core values which are the guiding principles we live by:
- Fun and innovative
- Family of superstars
- Thirst for learning
- Ensure customer success
During the course of my internship I have come to learn that these values are not just there for the sake of being there – we are constantly reminded about them and they are ingrained in our company culture.
In a nutshell, they are our core values that we believe in, and aim to live by.
What Is It Like Working At ACT360?
When I arrived for my first day at ACT360 I was expecting to see suits and hearing, “Sir” and, “Madam” but the office environment was not what I expected.
For one thing, the office environment was very informal and everyone was friendly and joking with each other. As the day progressed I also noticed that everyone was serious and professional when it came to working.
I also liked that ACT360 follows the same culture as Google which is based around having an open environment, sharing of ideas and opinions, and most importantly learning-focused.
The Journey So Far
During these past few months I’ve learned a lot of things, like how to play videogames and how to cut paper in a straight line (just kidding). I also went bowling for the first time during our First Year Celebration.
On a serious note, I did learn quite a lot from ACT360. Not only did I hone my professional skills, but I feel that I have developed on a personal level as well.
I like to think that I am learning new things each day and I have become better than what I was yesterday.