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Jun 14, 2017

I've started quite a few jobs throughout my career. In college, I worked in a variety of restaurants, changing employers at the start of every summer and again at the start of the school year. At some of those positions, I had a hectic beginning, with the staff shorthanded days and no one to train me, but they needed me to jump in. More than a few bartender jobs started like that, with me jumping in, making drinks, and teaching myself where things were stored. Luckily there weren't a lot of mistakes I could make that might severely damage the business.
Fortunately the frequency of new jobs has declined over time, though if I changed positions at this point, I'd go through much of the confusion that many new starters have. Where are things, how do I get work done, what credentials and procedures do I use, and more would be the questions on my mind for a few days. Perhaps a DevOps shop might smooth the process out and prevent issues, but I could see how this type of mistake could be made: a new intern used a document to setup a database, and ended up crashing the production database.

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