The Sassy Scientist – The Virtual Welcome Drink

The Sassy Scientist – The Virtual Welcome Drink

We live in crazy times! Remember the times when we could just hang out with people without fear of being infected by a life-threatening desease? Me neither. Fasim asks a question that must be keeping a lot of us up at night:

First day on new job in quarantine…what do I do?

Dear Fasim,

First of all, be happy you actually landed said job. In today’s market that is always good cause for celebration.

Second, don’t panic. Starting your new job in quarantine can obviously be quite depressing. Thankfully, technology is on your side! My recommendation for a seamless and social start of your new position in this quarantine era are:

      • Find your favourite local brewery and order a six-pack of their finest beer to be delivered at home (replace beer with your favourite drink here).
      • Zoom, people, Zoom! Chances are you know at least some people in your research group. Invite them for a virtual welcome drink, and ask them to invite the rest of the group so that you get to meet them. If your new boss/supervisor is a human being, chances are they might be the one actually offering to organise something like this for you.
      • If you already have a scientific project for the new job, share it with the group. If not, a virtual welcome party can be a good opportunity to find your future science pals and what project they have that you could work on.
      • Now that the work stuff is done, don’t forget to eat! Go back on the internet and order your groceries for home-delivery

All this can get easier if you already have friends and colleagues that leave close-by: ask them to get you what you forgot to put in your online basket when you were shopping online, for example. We all were stuck at home at a certain point, so, assuming you did not accept to work in a group full of schmucks, someone will help.

Finally remember to take your me-time, even (and especially) when working from home.

Best of luck on your new job!

Yours truly,

The Sassy Scientist

PS: This post was conceptualised on the couch, and written at the kitchen table. Quarantine stinks!

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I am currently employed at a first tier research institute where I am continuously working with the greatest minds to further our understanding of the solid Earth system. Whether it is mantle or lithosphere structure and dynamics, solid Earth rheology parameters, earthquake processes, integrating observations with model predictions or inversions: you have read a paper of mine. Even if you are working on a topic I haven’t mentioned here, I still know everything about it. Do you have any problems in your research career? I have already experienced them. Do you struggle with your work-life balance? Been there, done that. Nowadays, I have only one hobby: helping you out by answering the most poignant questions in geodynamics, research and life. I am waiting for you right here. Get inspired.

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