As I sat in the lobby of the Southwest Airlines Headquarters I couldn’t help feeling a little nervous, I mean, who wouldn’t on their first day of work? Would I like the work? Would I like the people I worked with? All legitimate concerns when starting a new job. I couldn’t help but look around at all the history that adorns the walls of the building. To see where Southwest came from, to see where it is now, and to know that I was going to be a part of this somehow…I think this is something I want to be a part of.
I have to mention the welcome that awaited me at my new desk. “Welcome Aboard, Caleb” along with Inflatable Boeing 737s and balloons. I was definitely impressed. I felt special enough that someone took the time to decorate my desk.
You hear that Southwest is one of the best companies to work for but you really never realize until you are inside and it hits you. You know that usually everywhere you work there is that one person who you want to avoid at all cost, I mean, the person that not seeing makes your day better, sort of like Dwight from "The Office"; I have yet to find that individual at Southwest, and I don’t think I will. Everyone I talk to is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and I especially love the hugs that I get from people I have known a week. I think this is something I want to be a part of.
Well, my first week really flew by. Out of the first five days I was here, I have two T-shirts to add to my collection. I guess it is time to start changing out the wardrobe. I was able to go to my first event. Kidd’s Kids in Hanger 5. What an incredible event to see these kids get to do something so cool with their families. I must say this is the best first week of my life. You know what…I think this is something I want to be a part of.
Picture: Millie Richter handing me my first T-shirt here at Southwest at my new desk. The shirt highlights the best University in the world.