So Many Jobs #2

And we’re back! Let’s continue to UnravelΒ the previous jobs I’ve been through!

Again, all the pictures were found through Google Images. I own none of the images.

So we left off at working as a checkout operator when I was 21. Now we move more into the realm of full-time jobs and the joys of working a 9-5 job. But, before that, I had one last part time/volunteer job.

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Piano Tutor (aged 21)

I frequented a site called Student Job Search. It was specifically for uni students looking for part time, one-off, summer or volunteer jobs. I saw one asking for a music student who could tutor two children (aged 8 and 10) in learning the piano. I applied, and I got along with the family very well, including their lovely son and daughter. Every Saturday for a year, I would head on over for an hour and teach these lovely kids piano. Once I moved out of home though, then it was too far for me to get there via public transport so Β I had to say bye πŸ™

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Call Centre Operator (aged 21)

I got this job through a temping agency. It was a fixed term job for six months. I lasted five, which is a lot longer than many of the people I started with. I won’t get too specific with the company I worked for, but it dealt with loaning money for students…so things got intense sometimes. I went through eight weeks of training, then I was on Β the floor. Eight hours a day, on the phone, talking with people who were going through a complicated, kinda difficult process of applying for loans. This by far was the worst job I ever had. 60% of people I talked to were understanding that I was simply a call operator and had limited abilities, while 30% were more agitated. That last 10%…I got called a lot of names, got screamed at, sweared at…that job left me drained most days and I was more than happy to leave.

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Image Scanner (aged 21-22)

So this was another office job, from another temping agency. I was here for around 10 months. The job title may seem random, but basically what I did was scan images into the system for passport applications. I really liked this job. I understood it, it was repetitive, sure but I knew what I had to do and I wasn’t yelled at on a daily basis. I also was allowed to listen to my own music during this, which was a bonus. I probably could’ve been more social, but this was a great job which paid decently. It allowed me to save up enough money for my Peru trip πŸ™‚ Also, I liked dressing up really nice for the office. I liked wearing dresses, skirts and heels everyday. Can’t do that in my current job.

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Early Childhood Teacher (aged 23-now)

So I took a year off for study to become a teacher, and that’s now my job. I did relieving at centres around Wellington for the last few months of study. Once study was finished, I continued relieving for another two months before I was lucky enough to get the job at my current centre. It started off as fixed term maternity leave, and I was with the preschool area first (aged 2-5), which I really enjoyed. I love talking with the older kids, hearing their stories and hanging out together. It was also fun coming up with activities that we could do together, or trips we could do. Around 6 months in, a teacher left and I was asked if I wanted to join the infants and toddlers side and be a permanent teacher. I immediately jumped on it. I was fairly nervous when I first entered this side, it’s a lot different from the preschool side. There’s a lot more emphasis on care obviously, as they need more help. The conversations are also a lot different, as most are at the babbling stage. I also had to rethink the activities I plan, and the teaching strategies I use. However, I’ve been there for almost two years now, and I am loving it. I have sometimes spent some time back in the preschool side, and again find myself having to rethink teaching strategies and tools. All in all,Β I’m very lucky to have found a job that I love, with amazing people.

So there we go, a recap of all the past jobs I’ve had. I wrote part one of So Many JobsΒ yesterday. I hope to stay in my current one for a while. I’m working on getting my full teacher registration soon, and one day I’d love to go back and do my Masters in Education. I’ve always loved studying, and studying Education led to my favourite year at university.

What past jobs have you guys had? Any nightmare jobs? Or really fun ones? Let me know πŸ™‚

Angela.

17 comments
  1. It definitely sounds like you’re happiest when you work with children, like when you taught piano and your current job! As for me, I have always worked in kitchens. I waitressed from the age of 14 after school and at weekends. Once I completed my a-levels I was a chef in a pub restaurant for 3 years. I am currently a chef in a private hospital for young people with mental health problems…I have been here for 3 years in May

    1. It’s great when you find that job/career that suits you! Seems like we’re both lucky in that respect πŸ˜„
      Being a chef sounds like an awesome job, and considering you’ve been in your current role for 3 years I’m guessing you’re enjoying it there! 😊

      1. Yes, defiantly! I am enjoying it, I work with a small team so that suits me. It’s only 2 miles down the road, and I get to work 9-5 unlike before :). In my previous job I worked Tuesday-Saturday on split shifts 9-3 then 6-10, ughhh!

  2. I too had a temp job similar to yours. I was a telemarketer for a few months where I had to sit in a cubicle calling people for hours and say this pre-set speech to sell magazines. I would get these lonely old people who just wanted to talk, or the occasional person who told me the person I asked for was deceased (yikes), or they would angrily tell me this was the fourth time we have called, or hang up on me. I did NOT like that job, but it was money while I was in grad school! Thank you for sharing your experiences !

    1. I was in a similar position. I needed that job for money, which isn’t a good position to be in. Glad you got out of that job! And thanks for stopping by and reading πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  3. Ahhh i remember the call centre job. By way the worst job

    1. Yep. If I remember correctly, you got out before I did. It was not a fun job by any means..

  4. Hmm the call centre jobs are always the worst as it’s such a cold isolated setting.. I remember at 16, I was just happy to be earning some money even though I hated being all alone on the phone every day .. however, since then (down the years) I’ve had the pleasure to work with some lovely people and companies, which is so refreshing πŸ™‚ xx

    1. I think even if you don’t like your job too much, if you’re surrounded by great people in a great company, then it’s a good job πŸ™‚
      But that wasn’t the case in my one, the training part was fun, as I was with people all day. But then after that, it was just me, on the phone all day, on my own. With mostly upset people. It sucked.

      1. Ahh yes I agree, it really makes a difference. When you’re working with happy positive people, it really helps even if the job isn’t what you expected. With telemarketing, I just missed the interaction with humans (luckily it was only for a few months and I moved on) πŸ˜ƒ

  5. You are funny! I am going to enjoy reading more!

    1. Oh my gosh thank you!! That’s so nice to hear πŸ˜ƒ

  6. I’ve been a chambermaid (making bed in hotels), an electronic toy tester, an accounts payable admin person, a Science teacher, a Science examiner and, finally, after many years, I’ve found what I really like: I write short stories for magazines and retell fairy tales from children. Does my CV look slightly unfocused?

    1. Ha! You could look at it as eliminating possible job/career options so you can find the one you want to stay in πŸ™‚

      1. That’s a really good way of looking at it!

  7. Before I was a teacher and had my own business I worked: At computer store, salad restaurant, several call centers, as a nanny, and at H&M.

    1. It’s funny how many jobs most people go through. It doesn’t seem like much until you start listing them all though πŸ˜„

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