My First Month in a Start-up During the Covid-19 Crises

Getting your first dream job will always be a daunting and exhausting procedure in the best of circumstances. In my experience, the mental strain of constant rejection had begun to take its toll as we entered the new year. 6 months of writing to what felt like a brick wall had finally come to an end in February once I joined gigl. Even the boring and time-consuming method of application had ended! 

One month into my new job and I have settled into the crazy routine of working in a start-up and am feeling confident in my work and my contribution to the team. As a start-up based in London, the need for network and connection are vital to keep the business constantly developing and improving. The world is constantly changing and evolving – and we need to be ahead of the curve. 

The news of Coronavirus hit UK screens at around mid to late January. At first I took little notice of it – something that was ‘a million miles away’ had little-to-no impact on me. 

Yet two months on and as the country near lockdown, naturally I am feeling a little tense. My  life has drastically changed twice in the space of two months. I had gone from working in the gig economy scrambling for whatever shifts I could find to having a permanent role with gigl that impacts the business in everything I did (or didn’t) do. It is safe to say that the pressure is ON! 

The biggest realisation I have had about the transition is the fact that I really care about doing a good job and producing good content (something I hadn’t felt since submitting my uni work) – which in turn made me slightly anxious. 

After a month of working for a start-up I was finally relaxing into the routine (which by the way, is nothing like your typical 9-5). I enjoyed coming into Google Campus every day and meeting different people, hearing their pitches and bouncing ideas off everybody. This drastically changed within a week – the amount of people coming in everyday had halved and by Thursday, Campus was closed. 

Working from home for a considerable amount of time was not something I had done before and it came with its own challenges: after spending considerable time with my dad and brother at the dining table,  let’s just say we won’t be starting a family business anytime soon! 

Attempting a ‘business as usual’ approach as the world felt like it was coming to a halt was the easiest method of keeping focused. But to say it was easy not to procrastinate would be a lie – however motivation does pull through when you love what you’re doing.

The hardest thing about working from home? Having little to no contact with colleagues. People that you spend every day of the week working with are obviously going to have an impact on your working life (in some ways they are the best thing about your job). However, as time goes by it is clear that the #workfromhome lifestyle is going to be a more permanent solution. Changing the way we work has never been so critical to ensure stability for the upcoming months.


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