I have good news; I've found a full–time job as a Junior Graphic Designer! I am working for BAM Software in downtown San Francisco. I am grateful to finally be putting my skills to good use and earning some monies in the process. I've already been working for a few weeks now and it's been going quite well. I am definitely still acclimating to my role and understanding my duties, but that's to be expected.
My coworkers are a productive, yet fun, bunch. Many of them are newer to the city than I am, so I plan on introducing them to some of my favorite places and people. I truly appreciate that they have been welcoming and understanding as I find my way. Maybe they understand because they were in my shoes not too long ago.
Having various jobs and internships, I've learned that it takes weeks, often months, to fully adjust to a new work environment. New workflows, forms of communication, file structures, personalities, and so on are all new things to learn. If you look at it the wrong way, it can be overwhelming. I see it as a challenge that I won't conquer overnight, but over a course of time.
I have been places where intolerance and irrational demands are the norm, but I don't thrive in that type of environment. What those attitudes create is an environment of chaos. With chaos, only the person who caused it knows what is going on. You will find people will constantly try to pull you into their sphere of chaos, but don't be fooled by this. The want control, but they don't have it. They want you to sink to their level so they can control you. Stand your ground, take a deep breath, and look past the problems they are preaching.
If all you see are our problems, that is all you will have. If all you see is work, you won't see opportunities. Retrain yourself to see the world with a divine perspective. Project Success.