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First Day at New Job

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Apparently my scheduling person (who is very nice in general) is something of a procrastinator, like me. *Last night* she sent me my new schedule. The schedule she gave me in December when I was hired, and which I had planned my days around, was instantly superseded. Just like that.

I had an appointment with my chiropractor at 11 today, some distance both from where I live and also from where the job is. The old schedule had me starting work at 1:45, which caused no problem at all with my appointment. The new one had me starting at 12:45, which did cause a potential problem (mainly because of the long distances involved, and also because my chiropractor is *always* running late). But I thought I could make it work, as long as I was done by noon, which didn't seem impossible.

Until I got a *second* e-mail from the scheduling person, asking if I could arrive by 12:15, to have someone show me the ropes. How could I say no? I didn't think I should, in any case, so I said OK. And I ended up only seeing the doctor for about ten minutes before I had to leave - and still being over ten minutes late to the job!

So that was kind of an inauspicious beginning. And once I got there, the scheduling person asked me if I could do after school care. Talk about everything at the last minute! As it happened, I didn't have any conflicts later in the day, so I was able to say yes. But I am beginning to wonder if everything about this job will be changed at the eleventh hour.

In the end, though, it all worked out pretty well. I got a little bit of training before starting. The first part of the job was easy - just being in charge of the room students get sent to if they need a little break/time to calm down. After school care was a bit more stressful because I didn't know the kids - the other people working there have been there since the beginning of the year, so they know everyone. Since I was writing down names and grades, I had to keep asking the kids to stop, and tell me name and grade - plus remind them to use hand sanitizer. I know it will get easier once I learn their names. They were all very well behaved. Once they were all picked up, the other aide and I had to sanitize and wipe down all the tables, sweep the floor, put everything away, and go sign out. We were the last ones to leave (except the janitors).

I did enjoy it, although I felt very wiped out once I got in my car, I admit. Then I had to go buy some vitamins for my son, who said he would take them if I bought them and brought them to him. If vitamins can strengthen the immune system to lessen the chances of getting illness, then I am all for it. So I bought him vitamins, and delivered them to him, then went home and collapsed. I am sparking now before going to bed. Can't wait to get some rest!
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  • JIBBIE49
    23 days ago
    Sounds like a successful first day! And that they are going to need you quite a bit more than you thought they were when you originally agreed to take the job. I know what you mean about being wiped out. On my work days, I work...that's it! I don't have it in me to do anything else before or after. All non work related tasks must be done on non work days! emoticon
    54 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Hope things get a little more routine in your new job. I'm sure once you get established, things will fall into place and you'll be able to plan better with appointments and such. My suggestions is to let your scheduler know that you plan doctor appointments around your work schedule and it is hard to change at the last minute. I wouldn't do this until I've been there a bit and see if this continually happens.
    55 days ago
    enjoy your new job
    55 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    55 days ago
    Wow, you deserve a rest. Working with students even when you know them can be draining - gratifying but exhausting.

    I take vitamins too, just the "one a day" generic variety. Can't hurt.
    55 days ago
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