I started training last week and I have to say everything that I have experienced this far has been very impressive. I know that sounds like I am drinking the “kool-aid”, but everything up to this point has been top notch. I also know that when anyone starts a job they are very proud and think nothing but great things about that organization. I have really tried looking at this whole experience as realistic as possible, and the only thing I can say is that I have been treated better here than anywhere I have previously been. This is the first time in my adult life that I feel, I am surrounded by people that are similar to me, and the organization recognizes that we are all assets. If they did not they would not be investing the time and quality of classes and trainings that I have been attending. Orientation, although long, was very extensive and thorough. I really dont know yet what I needed from it or if anything could be left out or added but one thing is for sure, there was a TON of information disseminated to us. And I would being doing everyone wrong if I didn’t say there were many, many impressive people that I was surrounded by.
I read on somebodies blog a while back “that it is interesting how everyones post they are going to becomes their dream post. Even if it was not their top choice.” It is so true! The environment in Belgium going to be busy but I am looking forward to the challenge. I will also asume for a minute that beside family and friends that are reading this blog there are a few people out there that have stumbled on it looking for information about the DoS because they are interested for themselves and what to expect because the are joining soon or want to join in the future. I came in with the desire to go back to Europe and that was what I thought everyone else would want as well. In my mind I thought that everyone would be competing for the Belgium’s, and the Italy’s. The truth is, my idea of a dream post most likely is not in the top 10 for someone else and vice versa. There is truly a sense of adventure with people and everyone desires something a bit different. Looking back it seems like that only makes sense but it still surprises me sometimes on how we can be so simliar yet so different. But then again that is was makes America so great.
Diversity + Opportunity.
My wife has taken over the blog for the most part and will continue to update as much as she can. I will also chime in from time to time. Cheers!