I’m a little nervous about this new job that I managed to get. I’m not sure if I want to work two jobs. I’m not sure if I have enough time to work two jobs and do the housework as well as helping the other half with things. I’m not sure if it’s going to work out having two jobs.
I mean, it sounds like similar work to what I’m doing now but I’m not going to get paid as much as I do at the job I have now (mainly because it’s permanent part time and not casual). But they’re in two different settings and will have different situation and circumstances.
I’ll give it a go and see if it works out. There are plenty of people out there who work two or three jobs.
I’ve been assigned to another employment agency as the one I was with had lost their government contract and is now closed. I still have to look for work (as in full-time work) despite the fact that I’m casually employed. I also have to see if I can get 50 hours of work each fortnight to avoid doing volunteer work to make up the extra hours.
I’m going to have to talk to my manager next week when they come back from leave about it or doing more study (like getting the med competency qualifications so I can do medications). That will be easier than trying to fit volunteer work around casual employment.
I am going to be as brief as possible when I’m blogging about my aged care course. As a PCA, I am obliged to uphold confidentiality of residents and adhere to the Privacy Act and all the other Acts associated with aged care. Part of my employee handbook also states I am not supposed to blog or post anything on social media about the company unless specifically said so by the company. I have to be as careful as possible with what I post as this could give them grounds to terminate their contract with me.
Other than that, I am doing all right. One of the residents was a bit restless and I think that they may have been trying to give me a bit of a hard time as I am a new staff member and one who hasn’t had a lot of experience in the industry. It is far more relaxing than where I did my placement and I’ll be able to grow and gain more experience and confidence due to it being a relaxing environment.
This afternoon is the second day of work for me. I’m a little nervous as this is my first afternoon shift but I’m not as nervous as I was about Wednesday. I think that’s because I have some idea of what to expect now.
I feel a little better now that I have a job. It’s a small baby step to getting a steady job. I hope I do well in the next six months.
Yesterday was the first day of work for me at the aged care facility. It was interesting and good. It was more relaxed than the place where I did my placement. There are more independent and low care people living there and not very many high care people there. The facility I did my placement at had more high care people there.
I’m on afternoon shift tomorrow so it’ll be good to find out more about the facility, the staff and the residents. Then it’s night shift for two nights next week and morning shift on the Monday after that. The only bummer is that I’ll be missing out on the Dawn Service on Saturday for ANZAC Day as it starts at around 6am and that’s when I finish. By the time I get into the middle of town, it would most likely be over. I’m a bit bummed about it as I’ve been going to the Dawn Service for the last three years and because it’s the 100th anniversary but I don’t feel comfortable asking someone else to cover the shift as it’s a night one and I’ve only just started there, But I’ll try to make it anyway as a friend of the other half’s is in the parade and because I know other people who are or have served in the defense forces.
I hope it all works out for me. It looks like a nice place and all the staff and residents seem pretty nice.
So it seems the other half is more excited that I have a job than I am. He keeps going around telling people that I have a job and I haven’t even started yet. I think he’s happy that I’ve gotten a job and that he can focus on his business more without having to get a job himself so we can have enough money to pay for everything. At least I’ll be able to help out more with bills and such now that I have a job. I’ve only really sent off the contract (I’m hoping that the head office has got it and that it didn’t get lost) and I’ve only really just organized orientation. Okay, not really just. I received the contract last Wednesday, which I sent off on Thursday and I called the manager on Thursday too but didn’t hear back from her until Friday.It takes about four days for post to get delivered to where it needs to go so it should be there by tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on how fast it gets delivered.
I don’t actually start till Wednesday (which is the first orientation day and it’s from 6am-2pm and then next orientation day is Friday from 2pm-10pm). I’ve got the uniform ready. I hope it’s all right for the job. I got a short sleeved white button down shirt which could be on the looser side but it’s not too tight, just a bit snug. And I’ll be wearing a singlet underneath it as well so it doesn’t look so bad (there’s a reason why I don’t usually wear white and it’s not for the easily stained factor). And I’ll have to tie my hair up and I don’t like having my hair up because I think it makes my face look funny. Actually, I think I look funny with my hair tied back in general.
I’m a bit nervous as I don’t really know what to expect. It’s going to be different from the place where I did my placement. I have a friend who also works in aged care who has asked me questions about working there that I don’t know the answers to yet. It’s not like I could ask those questions in the interview – I didn’t even know if I’d get the job at that stage. I don’t have any experience besides from placement so it’s not like I’m able to ask those questions either. But I’ll find out on Wednesday what the go is and see about where and how I’ll be filling out my hours and if there is a uniform and how I would get said uniform. And finding out how to get into the place at 6 in the morning might help too, hahahaha.
I really do hope it goes well and that I get to stay on after the probation period.
I finally got the contract in the mail and have given it to the right people. I now have orientation organised for next week. I’m doing morning from 6am-2pm on Wednesday and then night from 2pm-10pm on Friday.
I hope it all goes well. I have a six month probation period so I hope I do well during that time period. I’ve been told it’s usually a three month probation period and that’s why there’s so many people going through aged care.
All I have to do is keep my mouth shut, watch and learn and ask plenty of questions. If I keep my mouth shut, I’ll be less likely to stick my foot in it and lose myself a job.