Well, that’s it, I’ve left the company flat, and am now nice and settled in my new room. It’s located in a much leafier part of town, and it’s much quieter than previously (which was adjacent to a train line). Out of my window I can see a large patch of grass and the bus stop (and the corner shop/mini supermarket that’s next door which is super handy if I can’t be bothered/forget to go to the main one). When I moved in yesterday (around 15:00) there was some random bloke asleep on the pavement outside the front. I’m not sure if he’s still there, haven’t checked yet.
It’s a glorious day, and I’m sitting at my desk reading. The desk belongs to my parents, but they kindly loaned it to me as it was just gathering dust/spiders’ nests in the garage at home – cleaning it up was a rather entertaining exercise I can tell you.
So what’s up this week? Well, work obviously. It’s still super busy and there’s a lot to learn still (of course), but I am still enjoying it. I’ll also be getting a new computer (hopefully) this week, which is definitely needed (my current one is very old, slow and has a major problem with its fans resulting in it shutting down due to dangerously high cpu temperatures quite a lot). I’m buying the parts separately, and building it myself as a: It’s cheaper, b: You know exactly what you’re getting, and c: I’m super geeky and it’ll be a lot of fun. I might even do a special post about building it because I’m that cool :P!
Good news everyone, the internet in the flat I’m staying in has somehow fixed itself, so I am now able to write my blog again. I’ve not really had time to do one until now, as everything’s been rather busy regarding my new job in Woking (of The War of the Worlds and Town Called Malice fame)! I’ve now done it for around 4 weeks, and it’s slowly beginning to make sense which is good! It’s interesting and fun, so I’m rather lucky, as I definitely am of the mindset that a job you don’t enjoy is a pointless waste of your life.
I’ve spent the last month in the company flat, while looking for a more permanent place to stay. Fortunately that is now sorted, and I’ll be joining a flatshare with some people who work at McLaren above an architect’s studio. I’ve not met them yet, but the signing and deposit paying etc. stuff is happening next week, so I’ll meet them then. It’s a 20 minute walk from the office, but I think there’s a bus for when it rains. Handy, as being ripped off for a daily train ride isn’t really appealing to be honest.
So aside from my new job as a geophysicist, what have I been doing? Well, for those of you who know me, the answer is fairly obvious I should imagine (spending time with friends in bars for those of you who don’t). The office also has a weekly pub lunch on Fridays (so that’s something to look forward to tomorrow), which is a good chance to get to know more of my colleagues. The company is quite small, with only around 50 people in the office in total, so everyone knows everyone. It certainly makes the transition from the Cambridge Geology Department less stressful although I do miss it a lot (and I’m not just saying that because I know Fabio and SP amongst others read this), as that was more or less a similar size (my year and the year below was around 45 people ish, and we often had pub lunches too).
This weekend it’s back to the other side of Surrey to see my family for the Bank Holiday weekend. As is traditional for my family (presumably due to us having grown up in rural Surrey), we’ll be attending a local annual agricultural show. If I remember I’ll write a post about it with some photos.
Well, that’s it. My final lecture ever has been and gone, and now it’s the end of term, and I return home on Sunday afternoon. Only one more term remains, most of which will be taken up with revision (AJ, you know you miss the UL times we had, don’t deny it)! In other news, various things have been going on!
Yesterday was the Sedgwick Club conference, which is a new thing this year, I guess inspired by the Imperial one that was on in February. It was a lot of fun, and we had a lot of interesting talks, as well as being able to catch up with the Oxford geologists (some of whom I met when they came down for the annual Geology varsity football match a couple of weeks ago), as well as meeting some Imperial geologists.
Job hunting still isn’t going especially well. A graduate geologist job with a company in Cambridge that I was really hopeful for rejected me this morning which was a bit of a pain, but on the upside, I’ve got a phone interview early next week for a job in Woking, so hopefully that’ll go well! It’d be so handy to have an interesting job already lined up before I graduate, and I’d be able to have a delightfully smooth transition to the real world (where the fun of council tax, mortgages, utility bills and TV licences awaits). This job looks really interesting too, so fingers crossed that I’m lucky!
I’m off to Spain next week for the ninth and final geology field trip of my degree which should be a lot of fun. The rocks are pretty diverse, with everything from metamorphic petrology to palæontology being represented. I’ll bung up some photos of it when I’m back.