Starting a new job is always awkward. You don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t know the people you’re working with, you ask a billion questions…it can take time to settle in. I started a new job today, but it was a little different to other jobs. For a start, I already knew the people I was working with. Secondly, I shop so often at this store that I knew enough to answer some customer questions. And third, I’m practically a part of the shop anyway, I’m so often there.
A few weeks ago, my best friend rang and said her boss wanted to offer me a job. I nearly fell over in shock. I’ve applied at least twice and often made jokes about how the manager keeps putting on casuals and yet refuses to employ me. So when she said he was offering me hours, my surprise was understandable. The shop in question is a craft/haberdashery/manchester store, and with my sewing micro business really starting to take off, it seemed the perfect opportunity for me.
But, as with everything in my life, this came with some problems. Money troubles, multiple conversations with the manager and my own boss, confusion about shifts and start date and a general sense of unease going in. Once the excitement had dissipated, an uncomfortable sense that I’d made the wrong decision settled in my gut and my brain. I began to question and second guess and the closer it got to my start date, the more sick I felt about it. I’m usually a firm believer that you need to trust your instincts but I had already taken the job, and arranged my other job around it. To turn back would make me look a fool. So I battled a few restless nights, an anxious brain and went in this afternoon steeling myself for a whole lot of awkward.
It actually wasn’t that bad. I wore a dress I made yesterday (on a side note, it was my first ever dress and I was spectacularly impressed with myself) and got complimented by a customer. I was working with my best friend and a co-worker I’m friendly with, and I kept myself busy with the jobs I was given. The other staff member I worked with, quite frankly, is in desperate need of a swift kick in the face (there will likely be more on that at a later time) but her attitude and personality aside, the first day was a reasonable success. Once I settle in a little more, I’m sure I’ll feel quite comfortable.
Only time will tell how this new venture goes. I’ve juggled two jobs before, though it will be interesting to see how I deal with double the Christmas chaos over the coming months. I guess the only thing to do is go with the flow, and see where this new job takes me. Here’s to all the glorious and wonderful things I’ll be buying with my beefed up paycheque!