And we’re back! Let’s continue to Unravel 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.
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 I had to say bye 🙁
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 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.
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 🙂 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.
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, 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 Jobs 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 🙂