28/365 – First day of sorts

While today was technically my first as a civil servant, I wasn’t in my new office with my new team. I spent my it training, with a group of other people from different departments, about writing content for the Gov.uk website.

To save me going into preparation overload last night, Elaine suggested we go out for dinner. It was a genius idea and we decided to try our as yet untested local Japanese eaterie. Having some delicious sushi, aubergine that tasted like banana fritters (pictured below) and some white wine worked wonders on my nerves and made me feel much more relaxed.

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As a result of feeling calm and collected, everything went smoothly this morning…well almost. I had time for a nutritious breakfast, made a healthy packed lunch and walked most of the way to the station to get my step count up. So when I sat down in the packed training room and a video about passport control came on, I couldn’t believe it. After such a smooth start, I’d ended up in the wrong session. At this point I’d like to say it was downright bad luck as the receptionist had told me to follow two people, who she believed were going to the same training session as I was. Sadly, they in fact worked for the Immigration Office and had no need to learn about writing good quality content. Perhaps I was a little too relaxed!

After that slight mishap, the rest of the morning went without a hitch and I felt comfortable with the material we were given.

As you can see from today’s photo, stylishly taken in a government toilet, my right eye lid is sadly hanging quite low at present. But I didn’t let it bother me today – perhaps because the group I was in with were warm and didn’t seem to notice.

During my lunch, I went out for a walk to boost my step count and to catch up with my good friend Sarah. Although it was a freezing cold day, I was glad to be able to see the below view on my break.

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The beauty of St Paul’s Cathedral always blows me away and, after spending a while appreciating it, I had to wolf down my lunch before an afternoon of putting theory into practice.

The training session has made me feel more prepared for my real start tomorrow and I made a couple of contacts for future campaign work. All in all, I get the feeling it was the first of many positive days ahead.

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