I would say that three months is a significant amount of time that warrants some form of change in one’s life, and I am happy to say, with confidence, that there has been quite a bit of change in my own.
To start big – I have a new job! I am now a receptionist in an accountancy firm in Co. Dublin, which is a far cry from a retail assistant in a home-ware shop. There are many pros and cons to this, but I’m trying to focus on the pros. The salary is better, but not great and because I drive, I find that most of my expenses are on my car, but if I didn’t have a car, I wouldn’t have the job and ain’t that the thing! The job is very different to my last one; it’s not as physically demanding and I don’t go home covered in bumps and bruises anymore, which is a big plus. The people are extremely friendly and really focus on the well-being of their staff, which I find mind-boggling because I’ve never worked anywhere before that gave two fiddles about their employees and to me, the fact that these people care is why I see myself wanting to stick around.
It’s difficult being the newbie again though. In the last job, if you made a mistake it was generally easy enough to fix and if you didn’t know something there was always someone there to ask. People have this generalisation of what being a receptionist is, ‘Ah sure you just sit at your computer desk all day on Facebook, answer the phone and drink 20 cups of tea!’ but it really isn’t like that. I have found – in the five weeks that I’ve been here – that this job is “feast or famine”. It’s either really really busy, or I cannot. find. the will. to live. from boredom.
When it’s busy, it can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of paperwork involved and getting used to that has been the biggest challenge. There are forms for everything! New client? Paperwork. Old client? Paperwork. New job for existing client? Paper work. Leaving early? Paper work. Out sick? Paper work. Annual leave? Paper work. Need to blow your nose? Paper work.
I feel like you really ought to have a sharp mind for this sort of thing, which I have never considered myself to have. I forget little things and in a job like this, the little things are really important. Make one mistake and you could find yourself having to start all over again. Granted, the woman training me is fantastic and very patient with my trial and errors, but from September she is cutting back from 5 days a week to 2, and I’m here to fill her shoes. Six months probation. One month in and I don’t think I’d keep me just yet…
I’ve heard people say things like ‘I don’t think I could work Monday to Friday, how mundane!’ or ‘9-5? Nah, that’s too rigid for me’. Let me tell you something: these are the people who have never worked Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 and have no idea how much of a luxury it is! I have weekend plans made for November and I don’t have to beg anyone to give me that day off or for someone to swap a shift with me! I know that each week, I can look forward to the weekend off and if people want to make plans, I know instantly if I can make them or not. If I want to do a weekly night class now, I can. If I want to join an exercising class, I can. If I decide to carry on with my plans of repeating the Irish LC next year, I can go to evening grinds and study for a few hours each night and not have it affect my job. LIFE.
It’s funny though because I started out this blog in the first place after being so down about the job I was in at the time and how I felt extremely limited in life because of it. And now I have a new job that permits me to have a life and a routine and still somehow I’m nowhere near satisfied. I think the most important thing to remember though is not to get too settled. As I said, the pay is okay but I definitely can’t afford a place of my own just yet on my current salary. And being a receptionist was never something that crossed my mind until I saw the advert for the job. The phrase I hear most often now is ‘It’s a stepping stone’, which is all well and good but I’m nearly 24 and I’d really like to have stepped on a good few stones by now. I blame our economy and the astronomically high housing market at the moment. What I really need right now is for a distant rich relative to die and leave me their millions to inherit…
Other than the new job, there have been other positive changes in my life that I need to take a step back and appreciate. I finally have my very own car and have the luxury of pissing off whenever I want which is really fabulous. I had a brilliant weekend at Body & Soul music festival in June with old friends and new ones (and really looking forward to Electric Picnic at the beginning of September). I re-joined and re-quit the gym again because it’s a nice idea and all but I can’t seem to make myself commit and I have decided to stop making promises to myself that I know I won’t keep!! And finally, at long last, I got myself some help to manage my anxiety & self-loathing with someone who has made such an impact on my life in such a short space of time – but more on that later and when we are more acquainted.
I would say ‘stay tuned’ for more boring ramblings of a twenty-something-absolute-millennial, but I’m sure there are plenty of similar, more entertaining blogs out there that don’t go on about how miserable they are because they have a good job, nice boyfriend and a roof over their head. Aren’t they the worst?