My first full week as an operations and deployment intern at Johnson & Johnson Medical here in Sydney, Australia has been nothing short of underwhelming (but in a good way). I must admit I was more than nervous to arrive on the first morning of my internship. I had to take the train from my apartment to my place of work at 7 am and all the while I kept thinking to myself: “I should have done a test run”, but oh well. So there I was at the crowded train station, the train started approaching the platform, I could see the lights come through the tunnel, the screeches of the tracks, people chatting away and stations employees yelling out “mind the gap, mind the gap.” I looked up at the screen schedule and saw that my train would/ should be here, so just as I was about to hop on, I noticed the destination on the train did not match the one on the screen. I quickly asked an employee for clarification and thankfully, he helped me realize that my train was arriving in one minute, not departing in one minute. Phew! That was a close one. I waited one more minute and this time boarded the correct one. Once I arrived at work I was warmly greeted by my sponsor. She showed me to my desk and helped me get settled in. Then we walked over to a coffee shop for lunch. She then gave me a very long overview and history of the company. I tried to follow along as much as I could but I must admit, a lot of the operations logistics she explained went over head. But nevertheless, she told me not to worry, I would have plenty of time to get used to this lingo. Afterwards my manager and I worked together so that he could go into specifics about what my summer project would be. I felt a lot of excitement and nervousness as we talked. I was surprised to find out that a lot of what I learned class would actually be applicable to my new job. In conclusion, the first day of work was information overload but as the clock hit 5pm, I gathered my belongings and started heading home. Now, to figure out my way back on the train.
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