I felt like a noob at my new job

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11 May 2018, 9:12 pm

I worked my first day at a Texas fast food restaurant named Whataburger and I was so lost. I was struggling with my Aspergers the whole time and everyone from Customers to Co-workers could tell that I didn't know what was going on. I had a co-worker train me and it helped a little. Of course, I will soon learn the ropes as time goes on but at the very moment. My performances will be cringe worthy.



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11 May 2018, 11:41 pm

KanyeWestFan wrote:
I worked my first day at a Texas fast food restaurant named Whataburger and I was so lost. I was struggling with my Aspergers the whole time and everyone from Customers to Co-workers could tell that I didn't know what was going on. I had a co-worker train me and it helped a little. Of course, I will soon learn the ropes as time goes on but at the very moment. My performances will be cringe worthy.


And that's alright. It happens to everyone. Even to those who are in Schooling, they'll occasionally get lost, either physically because they're unsure of where the classroom they're supposed to be in is because no one bothered to give them an orientation, or a proper one at that, or because they're having a hard time trying to follow the given material and they get confused as all feck.


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12 May 2018, 8:13 pm

Please don't be so hard on yourself, not only was it your first day but I imagine I would have been fairly overwhelming. You have to meet a team of people you don't know end spend the day with them, follow instructions and try to process and store all this new information. Nobody their will care because you are just starting out. You should be proud that you made it through the day without any drama's. Be kind to yourself and get a good nights sleep if you have work again tomorrow.



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13 May 2018, 1:04 am

Thank you everyone



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14 May 2018, 12:13 pm

Most decent workplaces expect a new worker to be slow, lost, overwhelmed, etc, on their first day. It's very normal.


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14 May 2018, 3:41 pm

New job, so you are correct, you are the perfect definition of a noob. Relax, it will get better.



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14 May 2018, 3:57 pm

fake it till you make it 8)


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18 May 2018, 1:59 pm

Everyone feels like a Noob at a NEW job! :) (but especially us, I get your point.)

The nice thing about fast food jobs is that they are systemized and tend to have decent training. This is VERY good for us, because once you learn the ropes and get into a routine in whatever your role is, you may just EXCEL at the job.

When I worked at McDonald's for a few years, this was my experience. I may have made mistakes early on, but then I was able to rip it up and do various roles faster and better than anyone else - mind you - some of them were jobs no one else wanted to do, and that didn't bother me, so I did them & did well at them and was appreciated for it by coworkers and management.

I didn't learn my diagnosis for another ~12 years or so after that, but I do know I wasn't the only Autistic man working there. The other was lower functioning, but damn did he nail his role, too. NO ONE could outwork him in his job - and he was very friendly to everyone, trying to say hi whenever it didn't interrupt his routine. He was very well respected for the hard work he did with such speed every single day and was never ever the subject of any sort of ridicule - even behind closed doors, even with the "cool kids." (The location I worked at was where the "in," crowd from my high school worked if they had part time jobs.) I share this just in case you have anxieties of others being cruel.

I am curious if your managers know that you're on the spectrum and have a bit of extra patience as you learn the ropes there? Or if you're just winging it like everyone else, learning and doing the best you can w/o any sort of special accommodations?


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