There have been quite a few questions asking how the new job is going, so I thought I'd give an update. The short answer is, I really like it at Mercy.
The long answer:
It is really quite a change from St. Anthony's. For one, I'm not longer working inside a hospital. I'm working in a totally corporate building. The cubes at St. Anthony's were very short. You could see the people in the cubes around you. At Mercy, I have a six foot cube with walls on all four sides. The good news is, it's very quiet. The bad news is, it's very quiet. There are times when I work that the absolute silence is really conductive to getting work done. However, for a new guy, it makes it a little more difficult to meet people. The whole scale of the operations at Mercy is a lot bigger than at St. Anthony's. I know enough to feel like I understand a portion of what I'm supposed to be doing, but not so much so that I'm comfortable at all. The best analogy I can think of is going from college football to the NFL. Most of the rules are the same, but everyone is bigger, faster, badder than in college. And you have to get both your feet in bounds on a catch. And you have to be down by contact. And....you get the picture. I really like my boss. She reminds me a lot of my old boss at St. Anthony's. They have a pretty similar demeanor. Most of this week has been corporate orientation and getting software loaded on my computer and getting a little bit of training. So, I haven't had a chance to do much yet, but I'm hoping that changes next week. The co-workers I've met so far seem very nice, but it's going to take awhile to come anywhere near the friendships I've left behind. The corporate culture at Mercy is pretty neat. They are very proud of the Sisters that founded the company (though they don't call it a company, they call it a ministry). The sisters are front and center in everything that happens. All of our conference rooms are named after a Sister of Mercy, and apparently, they still wander in every once and awhile. As a Catholic, it's really neat to think there is a religious order praying daily for our success. All in all, I feel like this is exactly where I need to be at this point in my career. I'm looking forward to get to know more of my coworkers, and getting some responsibilities assigned to me.