The Start of My Endeavor
26th May 2015
Author: Habiba Helmy, Selection & Growth Asoociate at Endeavor Egypt
We’ve all been through this; starting a new job, getting accustomed to the work environment, the system, the internal language, making an extra effort to be nice to people to win them over and have them like you. It usually starts with you getting in just knowing the HR specialist that interviewed you the first time and your direct manager who makes the final call. You then get introduced to the faces that you’ll be spending more time staring at than your parents, friends and partner combined, and there’s nothing much you can do about them; it’s pure luck.
That said, I must admit that I had a pretty unconventional yet lucky start to my journey with Endeavor. Being in an office that’s made up of merely half a dozen people, I was familiar with most of the faces I’d end up staring into for most of my day. Some were old college friends and others were business acquaintances that I had the opportunity to deal with on more than one occasion. Coincidentally, I was in New York just days before my official start day at Endeavor Egypt. I had the opportunity to visit the Global Office over there and meet a bunch of the people that I’d later be working closely with The New York office is wide with a few colorful walls here and there but mostly surrounded by glass all around, bringing in natural sunlight and overlooking the busy streets of New York. The internal office space is open, made up of wide working spaces with meeting rooms also made of glass, giving an illusion of space and adding a carefree spirit to the place. Each person I got introduced to was equally excited to meet an Egyptian counterpart. For the next hour or so, I was juggled from one person to the other, overwhelmed with all kinds of jargon and abbreviations that held no significance to me. However, the one thing that was successfully transferred to me was the energy and uplifting spirit of being a part of a global network of enthusiasts who share the same passion.
I went back to Cairo all energized, with a small notebook filled with so many letters and lingo that I needed to catch up on. Once again, I was lucky to start my first official working day attending the annual office retreat. I spent two whole days with the new yet familiar faces I’d be seeing every day, quickly allowing me to feel like I was already part of the team. We discussed all internal and external matters; jointly formed office strategy, targets and partnerships. The energy was high, the ideas were flying and finally, the plans were set. I went back to the office the week after with my notebook filled with solved mysteries, AKA jargon, that I was ready to put to use.
After the retreat, I spent most of my time running around. I butted into every meeting I could get my hands on. I introduced myself to as many people as possible trying to understand who they are and what they do, whether mentors or entrepreneurs. I learned how to pitch Endeavor, literally out of a script, and proudly demonstrated my new skill to people in external events. I read the profiles of so many businesses from various sectors; I could be quizzed on any industry and ace it. I eagerly searched for appealing companies, looked for their owners and connected with them. More than 3 months into my job at Endeavor, you’d think that things have calmed down; I’m glad to say that they have nowhere near slowed down. Today, I remain energized by the entrepreneurs I meet and inspired by the mentors I engage with; perfectly capturing the beauty of our network.