So I’ve survived my first week at work!
My friends asked if I enjoyed it and I have to say that although I was glad to be working again, ‘enjoyable’ is not a word I would use to describe my first week!
After many months where the only thing to tax my brain was calculating my matched betting profits and losses, my brain has been hurting from all the new stuff it’s had to absorb. I’ve certainly slept well at night!
The company I’m working for is a global business with offices around the world. The two main HQs are UK (Manchester) and the US (Houston). My immediate boss is based in London.
It’s in a different industry from the one I’ve worked in previously (ie not Finance) but the business culture appears to be very similar from what I’ve seen so far.
My job is VERY different from my old one and I have an extremely steep learning curve ahead of me which I need to climb quickly.
The person I am replacing leaves next week so handover and training is going to be minimal. To up my game, I’m going to do some reading/studying at home to gain some background knowledge.
During my interview, it was established that formal training was not planned as such so it’s me, with my trainers on, trying to hit the ground running! I hope I don’t stumble!
Anyway, here are some initial pros and cons I’ve come up with from my first week:
Pros v Cons
Pro – I’m back on track with my FI plan! I got a bit of a pay rise, so I’ll be able to save/invest a bit more.
Con – The overall benefits package is nowhere near as generous as my old one, particularly the pension.
Pro – I’m learning lots of new stuff that will enhance my career.
Con – I’ve gone from knowing everything about the business I work for, to knowing nothing about the business I work for. It’s been so long since I’ve felt this way!
Pro – The office is only 4 miles away from where I live, compared to my previous office which was 14 miles away.
Con – It’s in city centre so major traffic jams all the way.
Pro – I like Manchester City Centre.
Con – I am travelling by public transport.
Pro – Public transport means I can read during my commute.
Con – There are often delayed trams or full trams not stopping, so I need to take this into account for my journey.
Neither Pro nor Con – Public transport costs will be about the same as my old petrol costs.
Pro – My tram stop is a 15 minute walk to the office so I am getting 30 mins of general exercise every day.
Con – I’m not looking forward to this walk during the cold/snowy and dark winter mornings/nights or shivering on a freezing platform.
Con – I have to leave the house half an hour earlier than I used to, to ensure that I get a parking space outside the tram station.
Con – I no longer have time to make my own lunches in the morning and I don’t like to make salad pots the night before.
Pro – Work provides free breakfast (toast, cereals and fruit) every morning so the extra money I’m spending on lunches is cancelled out by no longer having to spend any money buying stuff for breakfast.
Pro – I can still get to the gym in the evenings and make it in time for my aerobics classes.
Con – As I only make it just in time for the aerobics classes, there isn’t any time for my gym/punchbag workout beforehand.
The people are generally friendly and tea and coffee (proper bean!) is free. They have two dress-down/casual days so I only need to wear business attire for 3 days – yay!
It’s back to the grindstone, working for ‘The Woman’ and yep, as far as things go, I guess I’m happy! 🙂
Have a great weekend all!