Saturday, November 22, 2008

I Join The Rat Race...

I started my new job on Monday, but no one told me to wear pants for training... I thought training would be about the job and what to expect, but it was about how to handle yourself with angry-aggressive clients, so it was pretty physical. The training continued into the next morning, too. We learned how to get out of different kinds of holds and how to contain an aggressive client... So on Monday, I felt overdressed, and on Tuesday, I felt underdressed! LOL...


Everyday of this week, I suffered through anxiety, wondering if they are going to keep me and if I am learning things fast enough. It takes me an hour's drive to get to work, and I get home in the dark, so it has been hard on my wallet and hard to wake up so early... The anxiety has made it difficult to sleep at night and one day I went to sleep at 8 p.m. & woke up late. All in all, I am very exhausted!


There is a refrigerator, but there is no break room & no vending machines. That means that I will not be able to diet, and I hate sandwiches, because cold food doesn't fill me up... so I am always hungry...... grrrrrrrr.......


I am working at a children's shelter as a case manager. I share a room with two other girls, whom I will refer to M and P... The girls sit at a "desk" table with no drawers, a telephone, and a small filing cabinet. I am sitting at a table with no computer or telephone and only a black pen and a red pen. That means I am feeling isolated and that also means that I will have to do all of my paperwork manually until I get a computer. The boss man says I will have the same setup as the girls, but the girls say it takes a good while to receive things after they have been ordered.

Because we work with classified files, we have to clean our own office. Right now, there are spider webs everywhere, which means that the office has not been cleaned since they opened or before that! LOL... That may also be the reason why we are always sneezing.
There are plans for the room to be painted, and they are looking to hire two more people to share our room, which also worries me, because the census has gone down 50% within November alone and I have only been there a week. There are also plans for partitions, so I think the room will be very crowded when all this happens... M was hoping for the bigger room next door to us, so we can have a sofa in there for when the sponsors come to visit the kids, but I think the boss man has other plans for the bigger room...

There are many legal documents, we will be doing security clearances and collecting evidence, and there is so much to memorize and learn... Training with the girls has been a bit difficult, because they start telling me things when they are doing them instead of training me from beginning to end... That means that I have bits and pieces of the middle and the end, etc, so I am way confused! LOL...

Also, the boss man has not had a happy face this week, so I have been worried about that, but it turns out that the girls made some mistakes and a file was missing all week... I have been warned that he does not like mistakes. Fortunately, the look on his face was not about me...

Also... yesterday (Friday), I was introduced to the kids, so that means that I made it to the end of the week. Yay! BUT... without notice, I had to make a speech in front of them in Spanish, Yikes! Almost everything I will have to do will be in Spanish, lots of new words I will have to use that we don't usually use in our everyday Spanish language. Yikes!!


I was included in the meeting where we discussed the three-day week next week...so hopefully, I will be there next week, too, and I will get my first mini-break for Thanksgiving day and the day after Thanksgiving.


I have never been so happy to see a week end. OMG @ this has surely been a week that tested ALL of my emotions!! LOL... I hope next week I will be able to relax and feel more confident! LOL


XX

24 comments:

Miss Slick One said...

You're in my prayers!!! :)

Phyllis

carole said...

I am so glad you have a new job! Hang in there, it will get better...how about thermos type containers for warm food.....Carole ( long time reader just now acknowledger)

Rose said...

Good luck in your new job. Being the new kid on the block is always scary. Hang in there.

Hugs, Rose

Mike said...

Try not to take your bosses face so personal. Hey I know I'm not one to talk. Manual writing would kill me.

Lynne said...

Congratulations on your new job! I empathize with your anxiety, lol. It took me awhile to calm down and relax at my new job because it was such a huge leap from what I had been doing for years! Hang in there! Liked Carole's idea about a thermos to keep warm food, soup can be your friend! LOL Have a relaxing weekend!

Trish said...

I am so happy about your new job. You will do fine I'm sure. It will get take a while to get in with the flow.
My hubby's on a diet and he takes a thermos of soup to work everyday for lunch. He is doing great and lost 19 pounds. I have stocked up and I only buy it if it's on sale and I have a coupon! lol
Good luck,
Trish

Yasmin said...

Sounds like your going to have you hands full with your new job, congrats by the way, hope you get your computer and stuff soon.

Take care

Yasmin
x

Lynne said...

Winivere, Wanted to let you know I nominated you for the MARIE ANTOINETTE award. Go see my blog and congratulations!

Trish said...

Hi it's me again. My hubby has been eating the Progresso Light soups. They are about 180 calories a can. I make him a tuna pita too.
It has been hard for him but he looks forward to his soup everyday now. I was going to make him the Cabbage Soup Diet soup this week to try.
Take care, Trish

AGirlNexDoorCreation said...

Big hugs..have a relaxing weekend..TerryAnn

Missie said...

Hang in there! I'm sure you'll be a pro at your job in no time.

Chrissie said...

Glad you got a new job and I hope things work out and you like it there.
Take care, Chrissie

ADM DESIGN'S said...

Congratulations on your new job!

Anonymous said...

Win Iam so pleased you have your job at last ,and like many new jobs it seems all confusion ,but after a while you will be wondering what you worried about ,Your opening sentanvce made me laugh as a Brit ,you see we call our knickers, pants (of course you meant trousers lol )So I had this picture of you going to work ,like erm Sandra Bullock hee hee hope trhings just get better and better ..love Jan xx

ELLIE said...

YAYAYAYAY for the new job - that is awesome!!!!
Do Not Worry about the beginning - things always seem clumsy at the start - it is wonderful that you got the job and are starting off with a bang - I know you will do GREAT!!
I would definitely take a thermos of soup or something - that should keep it warm - just do your thing girlfriend you will do great!!
hugs--Ellie

Indigo said...

You made it through the first week hon. I'm betting in another week or two it will feel like a comfortable old hat to you. (Hugs)Indigo

Lainey Laine said...

Hey you did it though. You got through the first week and it has been hard but it will get easier. The more you settle in. Everything seems hard at the beginning. Hang on in there!! Laine xxx
http://lainey-lainesworld.blogspot.com/

ADB said...

Win,
Every job takes a good while getting used to, particularly if they still have to get you all the gear. Hang on in there!

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

Saying my prayers for you, Wini, and that this short week goes smoother. New jobs are always so stressful. Keep the faith! Love ya!

Senorita said...

Hey Win,

Just wanted to congratulate you on your new job. I am sorry the work environment is not very tolerable, but I am just happy that you are getting a paycheck. This is proof that God really is there when you need him, and your prayers have paid off.

I hope that you enjoy the Thanksgiving break, and that you get far with this position. This is just a stepping stone for greater things :)

Robin said...

This really is a lot, but I'm sure you're quite qualified and will do well. What a challenge it sounds like right now. Hang in there, and enjoy your 2 days off this coming week, hopefully, with pay even.

Bethe said...

I'm thank the stars you have a job : ) Things will come to you, be patient sweetie. You are good, and it will reflect in your work. You'll see.

((HUGS))

Joyce said...

You have an award to pick up on my blog Wini.
Hugs, Joyce

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