I promised you to tell you more about my job soon and so here we go. After two weeks of work I kind of get used to what it’s like to work over here and thought this was a good time to write this post. First I have to say that it actually surprised me that I got this job. It was a huge coincidence and at the same time the best thing that could have happened to me. I don’t want to name the company and my exact position on this blog, but I can tell you this much: I work for a huge fashion company located in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles.
This is not only great, because it takes us a reasonable 20 minutes to get their by car, but also because I started my career in fashion. I didn’t work a lot for fashion related companies in the last years, so it now feels really good to me to be back in business. But let’s start at the beginning:
I had actually applied to that company back when I was still in Germany, got as far as a phone interview, but in the end didn’t get the job for more than one reason. Through this I met a german girl who moved out here a few years ago and works for that company, which I think got at least one of my little toes in there. So two weeks after we arrived in Los Angeles I found an ad of that company which said that they were looking for a german person to work for them. I applied, got invited to an interview a week later and got an offer 2 days after that. The interview (as all my other ones, too) was very short, which may be due to the little time my supervisor had and to me not being a very outgoing person at first.
When she actually called me back to tell me that I would get an offer per E-Mail at the same day, I was more than thrilled. Thrilled and scared at the same time. The german girl who works there already told me that the first weeks or even months will be super exhausting, because of everything being new. And that totally came true. It began with the “contract” you get here, which actually is not existing. Over here you will get an offer per E-Mail, accept that by answering and than you are employed. Incomes are not discussable here. The company offers you one and you say yes or no. Also in most cases you don’t get insurance until you have worked for 3 months for the company. At my company it is the same with paid off days (called PTO).
I was pretty scared on my first day of work. Will I be able to tour the enormous factory I am working at and will I be able to understand everything they tell me? That were the questions that drove me nuts the whole week before my actual starting date. As always, everything turned out to be different than I imagined it to be. Not for the worse, but still different.
I don’t want to bore you, so these are the short facts of things that are different over here (or at least at my work):
- You arrive and work! No lazy first days of strolling around. You are expected to start working immediately
- People don’t talk! Don’t expect anyone to say Hi or Goodbye! Bring your headphones, put them on and work!
- Don’t even think about a german bonus! Noone talks slow to me, asks if I understand everything or asks me a lot about my home-country!
- Breaks are whenever you want them!
- Come in any time before 12 and stay as long as you need to but at least 8 hours!
I have to admit that my first week wasn’t challenging to me, because of the work, but because of everything else. I so have to get used to ask for everything I need to know (no one will tell you where to get lunch without you asking for example) and to just work and spend the day by myself – even when about 30 people are sitting in an office with me and 6000 are working somewhere in my building.
So far I have to say that this job is perfect for me, because I learn so many words every day, I can work on my own and I have fun while doing so. And still a daily routine hasn’t arrived. I am not sure how long it will take till it will hit. But now: Everything is new, exciting and still a hell of a journey for us!