I have living costs covered again, I will (hopefully) doing work that doesn’t irritate my knee too much, I have the potential to pay off my debts in the future. Now I have a job, I will borrow some money from my parents and pay off my credit card straight away. Then I will work weekends doing wine tours for as long it will take to pay them back. I am thinking maybe April? God, I’ve hated going into debt. But the alternative was lose my house.
Also, plus side is that my new boss seems pretty cool. The new job? Just a customer service front desk role. The guy who I work under seems pretty cool. It has been hard to find a job where I got past the initial emailed application because, on paper, I don’t look good. Most people can’t see past the tourism thing. I must have sent out at least 80 job applications and I got four form no thank you emails and three job interviews, all of which I was offered.
Two didn’t work out because I wouldn’t budge on the few days I am doing a seminar in December and by the third job, I straight up said ‘this is the situation, it is non-negotiable because these people have paid a lot of money to have me go and give my input and I won’t renege on a professional obligation, so if this is an issue please don’t waste my time and yours by taking this to the next level’. Then I pretty much laid it out for him exactly why he should employ me.
Of course, I got the job. I generally do if I get an interview. I give good interview. It’s Monday to Friday, four weeks vacation, with leave loading, every year plus ten sick days. Weekends off! I have never had weekends off because I’ve always worked in tourism and those are the busiest times. What will I do with a weekend? I could have a hobby! Of course, what I will do with the weekends off over the festive season is work anything for wine tours, to try and pay out my debt as quickly as possible. Seven days work a week will be exhausting but I can do it for a little bit.
One of the things that I liked about the office atmosphere was that it was relaxed. My boss told me that there was swearing in the office but only the f word and not the c word. I said I was fine about all that as long as any swearing was not specifically gender oriented. I start on Monday and I am going to celebrate my new job by buying a cheap cross and a rosary bracelet to wear, plus any other items of overt religion that might imply I am very into my faith, and look shocked.
I wonder how long it will take for them to catch on?