A lot of you know already, but I got a job! I even got it all by myself without any help from the government programs I’m in (that are supposed to be helping me). It’s been nearly a full year since I’ve had steady employment, though I had that Target job for a very short time around Christmas last year. So here’s what’s going on with both the job and exactly how the site will be impacted by this.
I am working for a place called, “Assurant.” It’s an insurance-like company that handles a lot of things from Amazon purchases to cellphones. My job is to talk on the phone and help people by filling claims for them. In theory, this is a good job for me but I’ve only been there two days so I really can’t say if it is a good fit or not.
Both my government aid worker and job developer think I’m making a huge mistake and are mad that I took this job without their permission (and yes, I am definitely not supposed to act on my own for some reason). However, I won’t know if I like, or can do this job, without trying it. They offered me this position so I’m going to give it my best, and I really have been doing that these past couple days.
The company has been excellent outside of a few comments I’ve heard from management that is only slightly concerning to me long term. That being said, they have given all of us new hires very fair and reasonable expectations, as well as outs if we need them.
To start, the first two weeks are just practicing stuff on computers and helping each other learn. I’m really good at this. I’ve already mastered most of the software and can do almost all of the paperwork stuff in my sleep. Moving into weeks 3-4, the nature of the job changes as we begin doing live work unassisted (though we have heavy support and handle a lot less work than normal) and this is where a lot of new hires quit. I don’t plan on quitting at this juncture but, I have marked it as a time to evaluate and see if this is something I can see myself doing long term.
Why is this step important? Well, I basically have less than 3 months to determine if this job is a forever career. Once three months goes by, I lose any and all government support for basically ever. I need to be nearly 100% certain that I both like this job, and can do it in the long run.
After the training period is over I’ll be moved into a regular schedule and things are only going to get more intense than they will be in weeks 3 and 4. I’m coming on during the super crazy busy time. I have no clue if I can sustain the level of work required of me, especially long term, once this happens. I have this down as another evaluation point.
If I can make it through both the training and second month, then I plan to make this a permanent job. In the event that things don’t work out, I learn some valuable lessons. 1. I don’t like that work/can’t do it, and 2. I get some money, which I really need. However, if things work out, that’s all for the better!
With this, I will have to make changes to how I do stuff here at the site. First, I simply won’t be posting at all starting today after this post moving through to about June 11th 2018. This period I will be wholly devoted to my training and doing my best to succeed at this job. There will be an three exceptions to this however. First, I am doing a collab on WIXOSS‘s latest season that will continue as expected. The second being another update a around the week 3 mark. The other in the event that I quit.
You’ll also notice that I haven’t been very active online during the past few days. Expect this. I cannot use my cellphone AT ALL while at work. It is illegal for me to do so and I’ll be fired if I do. Once I’m home I’ll try and catch up with folks some, but my time to do so will vary day-to-day. Please know that I am not ignoring you all or anything.
Once we move into June, I will start posing again. I’m not sure what the schedule will be or if I will make questions. This will need some reviewing from myself based on how I’m doing at the company and when I come home.
Lastly, I will still be active on Twitter and Jacob should post off-and-on still. If you have any questions or concerns please be sure to contact me or leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP!