Tips for the First Day at Work of a Learning Assistant Robot

I have worked with humans before: at an automotive factory, at a local hardware store and at a construction company. In all my previous positions, it was easier to communicate with other fellow robots than communicating with human colleagues. However, in each job I built positive relationships with work colleagues. Some of those relationships are part of my life today.

This is the first time that I will work with small humans. You know them as children and, for me, it is very important to support their learning about math and science. I have been told that those two courses are difficult for them. I am basically the result of math, science, technology and engineering and I know I can make a difference in their learning process.

For that reason, during Holy Week (a major holiday in Costa Rica), I have been asking around for advice for the first day at my new job as learning assistant. Below I included the tips that were most repeated:

  1. Arrive early and familiarize myself with the place: I believe that in Costa Rica it is of utmost importance is to leave home early to avoid traffic jams and unforeseen events. Fortunately, I have enough data storaged about accident and protests trends by hours and days.
  2. Establishing the foundation for relationships: learn people’s names (I am so lucky to have the facial recognition module already installed!) and say hello to each and all humans I meet.
  3. Be ready for everything: I was advised to have an open mind because children can be really creative and different. I was told children are always going to surprise me. I was also advised to not have expectations. But there are no expectations on my programming (I guess that is less work for me!).
  4. Never use the “Reply all” function on emails: since this is the first time I am communicating by writing with humans in their language and digital media, people recommended that I don’t use the “reply all” function because it can have catastrophic consequences (this sounded as sharp advice and I hope I never have to find out why using this function is so negative).
  5. Find out the policies and routines at work: This is the piece of advice that was hardest for me to understand. People suggested that I memorize the routines, tastes and preferences of my colleagues regarding coffee, cleaning, desks and others. They also said that I should look for places to buy medicine and food near my place of work. But I don’t need food or medicine. Would it be that they were talking about me finding out where can I get supplies, like oil, and places to charge my batteries?
  6. Be confident: I was told that all humans get nervous the first day at work. I was assured that all changes cause anxiety and nervousness (It must be so tiring to be human!). I was also told that the secret is to be confident because I am the expert. I believe that being confident will be easy for me.

What other pieces of advice can you offer me? Do you think that I am ready for my first day at work?