July 4

My first week at Hype 

Thyangi Ranaweera

On a Monday morning, I was all set to follow my usual morning routine and hit the snooze button as many times as I wanted. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks that it was my first day at my new workplace. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited I got the job at Hype. In fact, it’s my first job that fits perfectly with what I studied at university.

But that doesn’t change the fact that I’m usually nervous on my first day. 

When I arrived at the office building I was still trying desperately to calm myself down. I kept giving myself little pep talks as I got in the elevator.

I felt as if it was my first day of school, and I was the new kid that didn’t know anyone. 

The one person I did know was the HR and Admin Executive and thankfully she was around so I could walk right up to her.

Once everything started to settle back into place, I began to notice that I was joined by four other newbies. This made me feel better because at least I wasn’t alone in this new environment. 

Later, I was introduced to all of the departments and people; and while I was a bit overwhelmed with all their names they were all so welcoming. 

I was given a desk right in front of the room, which I share with a few other coworkers. As I looked around, everyone seemed easygoing and relaxed, and I quickly picked up on the fact that the learning opportunities at Hype were beyond my expectations. 

Unlike most other firms, the work environment is not overly formal and partitioned. The work environment is relaxed and open. It’s as if you’re working in a cafe with music playing in the background and snacks. At least, that’s what it seems like to me. 

For my first round of training, I was introduced to my first team, the social media team. I was guided on how to structure a social media caption, how to design a blog post, stories, and basically a whole bunch of creative and interesting stuff. The team was really helpful for the three days I spent with them. 

On the fourth day, Thursday, our director gave me the task of completing a Google Digital Garage course with 26 modules! 
It’s a 40-hour course with a lot of information, but I managed to wrap it up in under 15 hours. I’m not gonna lie, I was quite pleased with myself too.

On Friday, the last day of my first week, I joined the content team. And, despite the fact that 

content isn’t my strong suit, I enjoyed every step of the process. 

Working with this team introduced me to clients, writing and structuring blog post content, content strategy, email marketing content, and everything else content-related. 

Just when I thought I’d gotten the hang of the routine, along came Hype after dark. An event that takes place every Friday, where the entire staff celebrates the end of the week by having a good time and rewarding themselves for their hard work with some fun games, snacks, and drinks (of course). 

This was something I was looking forward to, but I, unfortunately, couldn’t make it on my first Friday.

During my first week, I also got to be a part of two birthday celebrations. The team coming together to sing happy birthday, cut a cake, and share gifts to celebrate their coworkers’ special day was a really wholesome experience.

As I’m writing this post, I’m on the second day of my second week and with this post, my content training comes to an end. 

In a nutshell, I am truly grateful to be a part of Hype. It’s given me something new to learn every single day and I’m looking forward to exploring everything it has to offer in the days ahead.


First Days At Work, Work Experience, Working For Hype

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