Back in June I applied for a job (The Hunt for Gainful Employment ). I didn’t get it. Never mind – there are lots of jobs I didn’t get, we’ll just add it to the list.
When she rang to tell me I hadn’t got it, she said they’d keep my details on file – we all know what that means…
But a couple of weeks ago she rang me back. Would I like the job? Various reasons – a colleague leaving, a slightly bigger budget.
Well, hell, yes – of course I would like the job.
This will be Job #26 (see also Job #25). Oh, for goodness sake, this is getting silly now. Even for me, one month and two days in a job isn’t long.
She asked if I’d already got another job – and of course the answer is yes, as I’m working as a Casual Explainer. But it is just that – casual. No notice required. I can start straight away.
So, she set the wheels in motion – the next couple of days was a whirl of contracts, uniform orders, rotas. I got my work boots (steel toe caps required). I went to a meeting where the team was introduced to the new range coming on stream very soon. Always good to be in at the beginning of something, saves having to play catch up later.
I started on 20th August – 25 hours a week. As the store is open 7 days a week, including late evenings, my shifts can start as early as 7am or finish as late as 9pm, and they include some Saturdays and some Sundays. That’s fine – I don’t have anyone at home whingeing about me working anti-social hours.
I emailed the Museum and said I would have to stop doing the Casual work – they wondered if I would be able to fit in the odd shift around my ‘proper’ job (God, you have no idea how good it feels to be able to say ‘proper’ job!!). Well, why not?? If I’m off and they need an extra body, there’s no reason why I can’t. More days more dollars.
I told East Riddlesden Hall that I would no longer be able to commit to doing all the things that I’m currently doing – they still want me to be ‘on the books’, and I might be able to do the odd day if they’re desperate and I’m not doing anything else.
So, right now this minute, life is good. I have a job, and I have another job. And I have a volunteering job should I ever have a day off with nothing to do.
I’ve just read this back through and realised I haven’t actually said what I’ll be doing in my ‘proper’ job. I’ll be designing kitchens for a well-known DIY warehouse.
No, I don’t know anything about designing kitchens. But I’ve spent a bit of time in kitchens, and surely that should help? And I’ve designed three kitchens for myself over the years. They know I know nothing about designing kitchens (there will be lots of training) – what they’re looking for is someone who can communicate. And I can do that in spades.
The first day was all about the training – diversity, manual handling, age-restricted products; the uniform – trousers, polo shirts, jacket; a tour of the store; health and safety; finding the loos. I finally managed half an hour in the showroom, shadowing a colleague, at the end of my shift!
The second day was spent entirely on the shop floor, mostly not being able to answer customers’ questions. So many questions that I don’t know the answer to!! But two questions that I did know the answers to.
I helped to build a couple of display stands. I’ve challenged myself to learn the names of all the kitchen door styles, and also what’s on all the aisles – I’m very impressed when people ask colleagues ‘Where’s the X?’ or ‘Where’s the Y?’ and they just say ‘Aisle 23’ or whatever.
And, of course, I’m the New Girl again.
I don’t know yet if I’ve made it on to the system in time for the August pay run – so not out of the woods yet. But my September pay packet should be nice!!
This isn’t at all what I expected to be doing six months ago. If you’d asked me what my plans were for the year, ‘Get a Casual Explainer job and then leave in order to start work as a Kitchen Designer’ wouldn’t have been on the list. But I’m so far down this path now, that I can’t even remember what was on the list back then.
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