Diary Entry #28: The Adventure Begins | Blogmas 2021
First week of working at my new job? Completed it mate. Well, actually my fifth and final day this week is tomorrow, because I was given this day off to pick Charlie up from school as he finishes earlier and nobody else is available to collect him. I'm already loving how accommodating they are.
Day one was interesting. I started at 9:30am which was great, it meant I could get Charlie to school and still have plenty of time to walk there. I ended up being 15 minutes early. I actually chose a terrible start date for myself: it was the company's Christmas party that day. I spent the first three hours of my shift watching Shrek and asking if there was anything I could do. I was introduced to the staff and clients but otherwise, there wasn't much to do because they were getting ready to go to the party! Which, yes, I did also have to attend. It was awkward as hell, being in a room with virtually the entire company/clients that I'd never met before. I'm talking about at least 100 people. It was great fun though, and a good way to get to know the character of certain people!
Day two was much better, and I was much more hands on. I was given a member of staff to shadow and we spent most of the day out of the house, taking the clients shopping and out for a walk. I was already starting to feel much more comfortable and learned so much from the colleague I was shadowing. I went home feeling very happy, and satisfied that I'll love the job once I'm fully stuck in and familiar with the clients routines.
Day three was my first late shift; 2:30pm-10pm. I was feeling so anxious about it, I didn't know who I was on shift with and I'd been told that the late shift was a bit more hectic because all of the clients are up and about. I couldn't relax at all that morning, and ended up leaving home earlier than I needed to, and got to my shift half an hour early! Thankfully I was already familiar with four of the staff on shift and only had two new people to meet. It actually ended up being a brilliant day and I already prefer doing the late shift.
Day four was another early shift and I was absolutely shattered. I nearly fell asleep a few times because the morning shift is always so chilled out. Ironically I hate it because I need to be doing something but there literally wasn't anything for me to do. Later in the day I had to forcefully take over the menial tasks the experienced staff were doing, just to make sure I didn't doze off! Honestly, I'm surprised they haven't been asking me to do more.
The clients are already starting to feel much more comfortable with me - one of them even came and got me from another room because they wanted me to sit with them!
I am really happy in my new job. I absolutely love the staff, my manager is wonderful and I'm receiving so much great feedback from everyone. I adore the clients and I'm so pleased they're happy to have me around. I can definitely see myself working there for a long time!