Do you remember your first day at work?
I’m not just talking about a new job.
I mean your first day EVER at a workplace.
For my oldest daughter, today is that day.
She starts as an intern at a local manufacturer of “Highly Complex Machined Parts and Precision Cams for Aerospace, Medical and Commercial Applications” to help her focus on aerospace engineering.
This internship program started a few years ago from our town’s high school and gives students a chance to see the workplace from the inside, all under the supervision of an internship program.
When she came home earlier this week from an “interview” (which I think was more of a guided tour, truth be told), the excitement from her was palpable.
“The machines are so….cool!”
When asked to explain, she said, well, it was just “cool”. She had a huge smile and couldn’t wait for today to come. She loves engineering (we’re starting on college applications this fall!) and the chance to have her work at a place where engineering is at its core is pretty, well, “cool”.
Of course, like any good father (who is also an employment lawyer), I talked to her about some workplace notions — she needed to be on time, to be helpful, and to work hard.
And I told her that she had a right to be treated fairly, to be free of harassment (not that I had any notions that is going to happen here), and that the internship program was intended as a learning tool (and thus ask questions).
I’m wise enough to know that someday she’ll have a tough day at a job.
But I hope she remembers the excitement of Day One.
Because it’s really “cool”.