Eric and Sally getting work done at Blue Ion in Downtown Charleston.
You remember that scene from Saved by the Bell where Jessie has been taking caffeine pills and freaks out? “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so scared!” That has been me for the past 48 hours, minus the substance abuse and big hair. I’m halfway through my second day at The Iron Yard academy, and I am having all the feelings at once. Excited, confident, scared, overwhelmed, enthusiastic, tired, hungry – you name it, I’ve felt it.
If you’ve ever started a new job before, you know the usual drill. Fill out some forms, sit in some onboarding meetings where people talk at you, fill out more forms, find your empty desk and stare at the wall for a while, wonder when you’re going to get a computer, maybe start some online training modules.
Yesterday was nothing like that.
We started with a breakfast meeting talking marketing strategy, reviewing student applications, planning our advisory board kickoff, and discussing potential spaces for the new campus. All before lunch. By the end of the day, I’d kicked off a Facebook ad campaign, talked to a couple of reporters, stopped by the Apple store for a laptop, helped run a kickoff meeting introducing the Iron Yard to Charleston’s tech community, emailed potential students, toured a prospective space, taken a ride in an awesome little sports car, and eaten the best BBQ in Charleston (Home Team, obviously).
I’ve never done any of those things before, with the exception of the BBQ, but I loved every one of them. Several hours into day two, and I’m checking off even more firsts. I’m learning faster than I’ve ever learned on the job before and, with the support of the awesome Iron Yard team, I feel like I’m succeeding faster, too.
I’ve never worked with such an excited, dedicated, and genuine group of people before. I’ve had some awesome co-workers in the past, and worked with some great teams, and I’m having the absolute best time building this team in Charleston. I can’t wait to find a space, fill it with awesome students, and start changing some lives.