My first week of work

Following on from a previous blog post about being offered my job, I have decided to let you know how my first week went. I’m warning you now that I am exhausted and this blog post will probably be all over the show and a bit of a ramble so be prepared. 

I have had jobs before and have worked full time hours in these positions but never before have I had a “proper” full time, career position. It is a great feeling to know that I am at a stage in my life where I have “financial security” and a potential career path. It is something that I have desired for many years now but that is not to say that it is without it’s challenges. Here are a few things I’ve noticed from my entire four days of employed life.

  1. It is exhausting. Last year when I was finishing up nannying I worked 7.30am-6pm and never did I feel as exhausted as I have this week. I am working shorter hours and even with the additional travelling time, I am still home within shorter hours than nannying so I don’t know why I am more exhausted than ever. The scary thing is that I am only in training and the days don’t involve hard thinking. A lot of it is sitting and watching which isn’t mentally straining so I am scared about how much more exhausting it will be when I actually have to use my brain. My colleagues are very understanding of how draining it is to just sit and watch but to me it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
  2. It is so great to be a part of a team. Obviously I am still very new and getting to know everyone but I have such high praise for how kind and welcoming everyone has been. It can be quite hard for me to be around people I don’t know very well but everyone has been so great and after only four days I’m starting to feel like part of the team.
  3. Following on from that, it is great to have colleagues who are adults as opposed to the 7 and 10 year olds I had as “colleagues” previously. I am thankful to not have to put up with anyone crying (yet) and to be able to have conversations that don’t revolve around Disney TV Shows and Bratz dolls.
  4. Public transport sucks. I’ma give the bus drivers praise for being so lovely particularly for a newbie like me but I don’t know if I can handle the waiting round or continuous stopping of a bus for much longer.
  5. It is hard to get motivated to exercise when you work full time. All I want to do when I finish at the end of the day is to get home. I’ve definitely tried to do a bit of exercise this week but it’s been nothing on what I would normally do. Annoyingly, I know it would probably help with the fatigue and stress to come  so it is something that I will need to make a huge effort with but right now I can’t beat myself up over it. I needed this first week to get to know how things went and I’ll start to incorporate that in the following weeks.
  6. I don’t know how full time workers fit in everything they need to do. My house work and errands have definitely come second this week. I currently have a full dishwasher that needs emptying, grocery shopping that needs doing and a bathroom that needs cleaning. Obviously it’s now the weekend and I have a full two days to get that done but I also have stuff I WANT to do this weekend and I don’t want to spend my weekend doing shitty chores.
  7. Appropriate shoes are a MUST. My first day of work I turned up in heels and I now have the sorest popped blisters which look disgusting. Buying new shoes is also on the to do list for this weekend.
  8. I am relieved at the job I have got. I know I waited ages to be offered a job and I said I had faith that this one must’ve been the right fit for me but I still had some concerns. I was worried that I was going to have to deal with a lot of grumpy clients, meet strict deadlines and targets. Of course that is still a part of the job but it is definitely not as big of a part as I anticipated it to be and I am RELIEVED. I can honestly say that I think this job is going to be a great fit for me and I am genuinely excited to keep going with it which is an AWESOME feeling

 

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My first week of work

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