There are a lot of tough things about starting a brand new job. You have no idea where to get the pens, you can usually only remember one route to the bathroom and you're not really sure who you should be asking to help get your business cards on order. Your new health insurance plan probably doesn't make sense, and your retirement account? Forget about it. Way too much to take in on Day 1.
But for me, all those things pale in comparison to another larger hurdle. Reputation.
For the past 6 years I've worked very hard to make sure that everyone understood that I was there to be taken seriously. I made sure people understood that I was fully able to do my job. At the very minimum I wanted people to realize that I was NOT THE INTERN!
And what happens today?
No less than 3 people came up to me and asked, "so, are you enjoying the first day of your internship?"
It is especially surprising since at this company they take interns from HIGH SCHOOL. No joke. The guy who sat next to me in the orientation meeting was worried that the HR people would forget to return his DRIVING PERMIT after they'd finished his paperwork.
And while I guess I should be excited that I could pass for a 15 year old in their eyes, it's a still a bit frustrating.