Friday, 14 September 2012

Swimming in the deep end!

So today marks my second week at my new job. My course also started this week. At the moment it’s just a lot of reading and introductions but I am already enjoying it. I have quite suddenly realised how busy I am going to be. Having spent the majority of this year doing practically nothing else but reading and answering a couple of motorcycle tyre related calls in the call centre it’s going to be pretty challenging. However, with the help of some fellow bloggers and the wonder that is Word I have created myself something akin to an organisational bible. I am treating it with the same reverence I treat the succession folder that was left for me by the two previous trainees’. Currently it contains every planning page I could think of. Starting with basics of when to clean what on to my fitness and even has a handy family birthday’s page just so I do not forget to send cards! Now I have my course work information I plan to create a page to help me prioritise work so I can work to all my deadlines.
The Folder of dreams!
The scary text books

It’s quite a strange experience going back into the academic world. I have not been a student for a  while  during those 2 years off I have barely written anything let alone an essay.  Even just the reading material has reminded me how little non-fiction I have read in the recent years! I managed to read a power point incorrectly that was sent to me and rather then read the sentence as what we DO NOT expect , I read it as what we DO expect. Well needless to say I practically had heart failure when underneath this heading it read ‘to be a fully-fledged web developer’. Although I am ok with computers I am certainly not that and I began to panic that I had not read my course application as thoroughly as I had supposed!Thankfully they do not expect such high standards of me and the course should equip me in the areas I am lacking. My first two modules get under way next week and I am overly excited to begin now I have seen the course information.  One of my first modules is Hypermedia and I am very keen to learn as much as possible on this course, which is assessed with the creation of my own website! I am sure I am going to find myself swimming in the deep end over the next few weeks but there is a lot of support offered to those studying via distance learning so I am hoping to get in touch with them and get to grips with the coursework and I am sure my home management folder will help me doing this with flare!
Here are the links to the other fantastically organised bloggers that inspired me to organise my life!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

First Day

Started my new job this week (yeah) so have decided to post about my other summer events later on if I remember. 

So after a very long 4 months of waiting I finally started my new job on Monday. As it was inset day the first day was child free and was filled with me getting the lay of the land and understanding more about the Library system. Thankfully my two predecessors were wonderfully efficient and left a folder full of guidelines and advice to help me with the job. I am pretty sure I am in love with this folder. I feel very much like Monica in Friends around it, overly protective!  (See episode : The One Where Ross is Fine episode)
So far with the help of this guide and my very lovely boss I feel I am getting slowly up to speed on not only what my job entails but also what I will be learning over the next year. So far so good. 

Today the children arrived. Thankfully not all at once, as the School is large they stagger the arrival of the children. This calmed my nerves a lot although considering how many there were here today I can not imagine how full the school will feel tomorrow when the rest of years descend. 
The children however make my job even more enjoyable. Although I thoroughly love books it is an added bonus to be able to encourage the children in reading and also helping them discover new things in the Library. 

So far this job could not be any more different from my previous job. I feel very productive and this has already overflowed into my home life. I feel much more accomplished after my day. Even more exciting is my day's no longer drag. I spent most of my time in the previous job wishing the day to hurry up, twiddling my thumbs and passing time in any way I could. In the library time is my friend. I rarely feel the need to glance at the clock, there is always something I can be doing and even more so because I my brain is constantly buzzing with new information to learn and this is only day 2!

I have this week left before my Masters work kicks in. I am really looking forward to entering back into the academic world. I am not sure how Distance Learning works in courses so it will be interesting to see how I cope with learning without access to lectures, tutors and not to mention the Library. Hopefully I will learn quite quickly how the Masters course works when you don't actually enter the university. For now however I am content to pass this week without out too much starting at once. I am quite relived the course did not start at the same time as I am not sure I could have coped with so much at once having done so little for so long!

So the beginning of my journey to become a Librarian has begun. I am excited for what the rest of the year holds! 

Currently Reading: Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner