A matter of perspective

I think I might have been a bit harsh lately when talking about work. (In case you’re wondering, the blog posts in question are now private).

My boss is really quite nice. He actually employed me when most people wouldn’t have given me a chance and he gave me a pay rise, even though I’m only an intern. If I was him I would want to get something out of it too.

Jan says it’s all a matter of perspective, or possibly perception. The boss sees me looking unmotivated, having to ask him for work instead of taking the initiative and finding something for myself… maybe he sees things I could be doing that I just wouldn’t think of. Things that are second nature for other people just don’t occur to me – so I don’t do them, and people who are “normal” think I’m just lazy or shelfish or just don’t care. I on the other hand see me working hard, doing my best and being as motivated as I know how. It’s all a question of attitude I guess. And so-called “soft skills”, which I unfortunately don’t possess. I’m not a good communicator, I take a long time to get used to new situations, I fail to see opportunities to help. It’s the social ineptness thing again. But bosses don’t want socially inept people. They want people who can communicate well, who work as a team, help each other out, are organised and don’t forget things. They also want hard skills I guess, in my case that would be someone who’s good at translating.
At least I got that bit right.

I think I’ll go and do some research on how to become a people person. Who knows, maybe it will come in useful someday.
(That reminds me… Jan told me off last night for doing a Google search for how to impress the boss. Apparantly I’m “missing the point”).

Holiday season

It’s the school holidays now in England, or so I’ve been told. Here in Baden-Württemberg school doesn’t finish until 24th July, but I’m sure in some of the other German Bundesländer the kids are already on holiday. The universities, too, are coming to the end of their summer semesters. Pretty soon my building will start to empty. People will be off on their travels… going home to see family and friends, or heading to Spain or Italy to lie on beaches and look at old buildings. I remember those days well. The long, long days with no responsibilities stretching out ahead of me. No more lectures, no more essays… just friends, summer, freedom.

This year I’m not having a summer holiday. My current internship ends on Thursday, 31st July, the next one, should I choose to take it will begin on Monday, 4th August. (I have inofficially accepted, but as yet nothing has been signed). My only trip away will be a day and a half in Hamburg the weekend after next. I guess that means I’m now officially part of the employees club. Better get used to it, eh?