Is it normal for first-year analysts to be a bit shy? I don't think I'm a shy person - I think I'm in the middle - but sometimes I get socially overwhelmed at work because I'm at a small shop with a culture of everyone being close. I got here just over six months ago and have been encouraged to "break out of my shell". I've certainly been trying to speak up more, but I also feel like if I were at a bigger shop then I'd be in a position to organically form relationships rather than be forced into them from the start. I definitely started off being on the quiet side but isn't that somewhat normal?
One thing I think I should definitely be better at is generating better conversation with my boss during work meetings. I think more often than not we have a lot to say, but sometimes when my boss is going through something with me and I don't have questions, I find it hard to generate a long response to keep the conversation interesting. I think this irks him.
I don't really think I'm a good culture fit here. I think that makes it a bit difficult to connect with some of the people in the firm, especially my boss of all people, unfortunately. While there are some people I have great conversations with, I'm concerned with how my "quietness", especially with my boss, will affect my progression at the firm and my reviews.
Has anyone been in the same boat? Has it gotten better when moving to another firm? Any thoughts or advice is very much appreciated. Being in the office has started making me feel depressed.