I open the door of my new workplace on my very first day. I've come prepared with my devices, materials, and (of course!) a writing implement — I know there will be a lot for me to take note of today. I walk in, and my boss is seated at the front of the room. He immediately gets up, shakes my hand, and introduces me to his assistant. He encourages me to make myself comfortable around the table, and introduces me to the two other people already seated. My new manager comes over and welcomes me, hands me a big packet of papers, and tells me we'll be starting in fifteen minutes. She invites me to have a cup of coffee, or some of the breakfast spread in the back of the room. I grab some coffee, sit down, and look forward with anxious anticipation to the rest of the day.
That's how my first day of new hire training starts in the theatre. Sound familiar?