I’m holding in my hands a job offer from Microsoft – an incredible luck for a first year university student! I got this offer after the first formal interview in my life. I didn’t really prepare for it (I was sure I was going to fail it miserably) – just wanted to be able to tell someone later: “I had interview at Microsoft!” And now I am receiving this letter, telling that they want me to start the next day after my last exam with a salary, which is a multiple of what I used to make on other summer jobs.
The thoughts about my future job fill me fear. Just imagine – I am a 19-years-old guy who has very little social life, always sits at the back of the class not asking any questions. And in about a month from now I will have to enter the new unfamiliar, challenging atmosphere, where I will have an everyday contact with a huge number of BIG people, also most likely I will need to talk in front of large audience at some point.
This job is a dream in terms of career and also social development. But what will happen to my self-esteem if I fail because of my shyness? Why study any further if I had a perfect job already and screwed up everything?
I still have about a month to prepare. Is there anything I could do to get ready for the upcoming challenges, which are a nightmare of a shy person?
Your advice and comments will be very-very-very appreciated,