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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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