Notsosecretlifeofa21yearold here! Finally!
I have been trying to squeeze in typing time for about 4 days, and the week before that I didn’t have time to pee let alone spend 30 minutes on a piece.
So here it is, I am a primary school teacher. First week complete! My kids are very naughty but so endearing and genuinely hilarious. I have had my fair share of problems this week and break-through moments so I thought i would call this piece:
Surviving your first week at a new job (catchy huh? ;))
I am currently full of whitening toothpaste (5+ cups of tea is making them more yellow than the sun) and sitting in my joggers and bra, my hair is damp in a top knot and I am listening to euro-trash music. So PLEASE don’t expect a critically acclaimed post this evening (or morning). I am in such an excitable mood that anything goes today (including irrelevant ! and smiley faces:)) So here goes, take two!!!
Surviving your first week at a new job: my 3 tips
- Smile until your mouth aches. Nobody likes meeting people for the first time, let alone having to work with them. First impressions are ridiculously important, if they think you are a bit scatty and shrill that is MUCH BETTER than being the member of staff that doesn’t get along with anyone. This week, I have listened to stories all about the woes of carpool, the difference between lidl & Aldi and even a kick-by-kick rendition of Sunday football league. I didn’t give a shit about any of those things, but i nodded, asked obvious questions and laughed along at jokes Kevin Hart couldn’t even make funny. Although it seems a waste of time, in a few weeks time you will have a set of work friends which can give you great comfort in the long run.
- Find where the kettle/machine is and make bloody tea. Or coffee. This is a MUST! It is also a great way of asking other staff for things. E.g. ‘here is a tea Sandra, now could you possibly tell me how to get to the loo?’. Not only do you and Sandra become friends, she also helps you with your day. Nothing worse that aimlessly trying to spot the ladies when about to release Niagara Falls.
- Don’t be afraid to accept you will fuck up. This is my biggest piece of advice! I HATE getting things wrong, I am such a child about it and I struggle to take criticism. You are not expected to know anything about your new job. Let that sink in, don’t feel bad if you forgot something you were told 30 seconds ago, or used the wrong printer. This is your time to ask as many silly questions as possible and make as many mistakes. ROLL.WITH.IT. Last week, I completely forgot to teach my kids a vital part of their maths lesson, I got a slap on the wrist from my fellow year group teacher and we laughed about it! We are all human.
And PLEASE remember, no matter how vocational, it is only a job. You live one life, if you hate it – LEAVE. The world is your oyster no matter what who you are.
So fellow readers, that is it from me for now! Please comment if you fancy and give me a lil like if my writing was horrendous (reverse psychology – nifty huh? ;)) I am going to go and watch Harry Potter with my family. Hope your Sunday is restful!