Today is the first day of my new job.
Now, I haven’t had an actual jobby since 2012, so to say I’m a little nervous is an understatement. Also, I’m working in a Covid world now, so it is a virtual position. It’s only part-time, because I truly cannot do more than that for heath reasons, but I am excited to finally do something every day and make a steady paycheck.
Now, of course, I am also terrified my stomach will betray me, as it has in the past. It’s the reason I lost the job in 2012. I loved that place, and would have stayed there forever if that were an option, but I was getting sick too much. I was a teacher assistant at a day care, and a main thing with that is staff ratios. It’s a big legal thing, so me throwing off the ratio made for issues. It was a lovely firing, as firings go. They seemed to genuinely not want to do it, but their hands were tied.
I knew then that I couldn’t work, really. I would take occasional off the books jobs, but they never worked out for long, either because the kid aged out of care or I got sick. I recall one nannying position I got that seemed ideal, but day one found me in the ER, so I lost it immediately. I was terrified I would awake sick today, because of this past experience. Alas, today I am well and raring to go. And on the upside, when I do get sick, it is usually around 5am…which gives me plenty of time to heal up before work starts at 3pm.
I will be working an afterschool care program for 3rd,4th, and 5th graders in the Buffalo school system. Aside from homework help, I am not sure how much can be accomplished virtually, but my boss and the staff assure me that they have many ideas. I would like to come up with something myself…I shall have to brainstorm. The only thing I am really worried about with this job, though, is the math.
See, I’m terrible at math. I probably have a sixth-grade level. And on top of that, they changed the math. I don’t know how to do what these kids today are doing! I’m going to have to go to YouTube University again.
Overall, I am excited to rejoin the workforce, though I do feel that I have a bit of catching up to do. I mean, the last time I worked we had time sheets or cards. Now, we have Paylocity. Used to be you had to go to the place to see the kids. Now, I don’t have to leave my office. It’s a weird, weird world I’m in right now.
Anyhoo…wish me luck! And as always, happy Monday.