Hello AOM men. I have recently started an amazing job after completing grad school and I need some help with my cubicle. It's no office, but for a job straight out of school I could not ask for more. At the moment I have a few reference books (computer programming), some snacks in a drawer, a leather pad-folio for meetings,  Zebra pens and highlighters, and that's about it. What should I bring to my cubicle to make it more like home? Any suggestions?

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Your favorite guitar.

A coffee mug that by it's design and color state your personality, no smarmy statements unless it's "Fearless Leader"

An old pocket radio functioning or not.

An interesting looking clock that is set to quitting time or five minutes to quitting time. So it shouldn't actually work.

The only accessories I would have on my desk is perhaps a flag, an iPod dock and a picture of my girl. Keep it simple and to the point of your job.

If this were a home-office, I could give you a million ideas. But if it's in a public place, keep it simple. At least until you have some sort of seniority. 

I have an LED clock called TIX that displays the time in a color coded pattern that changes every couple seconds. Great conversation starter when people try to figure it out (it's rather simple) and I like the way it looks.

I don't bring anything that I wouldn't miss should the worst might happen. With that said, the only personal items are my mixed nuts, OTC drugs like Advil, tissues and phone charger.

If I had an office, I'd get some motivational posters.

Keep it clean and simple. I have a couple of small pieces; a paperweight from the 50s that belonged to my Dad, an interesting part from an old machine in the facility I work in.

I'd suggest you go with something that can function as an anchor point for your identity. In the big world after graduation, it's often seen that young men lose themselves in others' demands, without any regard for their own needs. Some sort of reminder of who you really are, and who you aspire to be, can help you to keep giving yourself a fair treatment. What such an item is, is totally dependent on you; it might be a picture, something your dad made you, but also a certain paperweight.
Pay no mind to Arthur, the Ron Paul mug is a must! Lol all kidding aside, he's right.. you don't want your liberal boss to find out you're a Libertarian and look for any reason to fire you. But I think your country's flag isn't making a political statement. Dems and Reps alike wear an American flag lapel, although it probably pains the Dems more than it does the Reps. :p But being that you're Canadian, a Maple Leaf Flag on your desk next to a photo of your girl shouldn't be too incendiary.

Why yes I did.


Thanks for all the suggestions! I think tomorrow Ill bring some headphones (definitely OK at my business they are very laid back) , a tasteful picture of my girlfriend and our dog and an iPhone dock.

Bring the aspect of yourself you wish to show your co-workers.  I have a few items with my undergrad's mascot on them because a Banana Slug is always a conversation piece.  I also have a small medieval Lego town growing behind my monitor.  

Stay away from politics and religion and make sure that what you place in your space is reasonably professional and really you.  As a computer guy you can get away with Legos etc.


$20 (in case you lose/forget your wallet)

snacks with protein (for late nights)

whatever you need to clean your teeth

disinfecting wipes

What's your office's emergency preparedness plan? I keep water bottles in an empty drawer.

On things to have in the desk.

Bag of coins for the vending machine. 

Spare Dress Shirt, include a Tie if you have to wear a Tie.  


$40 in cash, in case you get to your office and then discover you wallet is at home.

Backup Keys to your car if you drive.


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