Saturday, August 9, 2008

My Woes

This has been a tough week for me. My daily schedule and routine has been totally messed up. I like the fact that I am finally getting out of the house to work, however, I find it disorienting to face the challenge of juggling work and home affairs. Before, when I didn't work yet, dinner was always ready before 6:00 p.m., but now that I got a job, I can't even start to prepare dinner until after 6:00 o'clock. Both Jeff and I go home at 5:00 p.m. and he always wanted to help with housework and all that but still we both usually feel very tired after work that sometimes I'd rather just go to bed than eat dinner. I'm actually curious to hear from anybody who do work as to what are their secrets so that they don't have to eat dinner as late as 9:00 p.m. even if they are working.

Now, I'm gonna talk about my job. I basically answer calls concerning computer problems from bank employees for our 76 branches. We have an IS Trouble Shooting Handbook that tells me what I'm supposed to do whenever a particular problem comes up. Most of it requires administrator rights so they really need us to do it but some of it can just be solved simply by closing and re-opening their applications which they don't even think of doing before calling for help. My first week was awfully hard. I didn't have the technical knowledge on trouble shooting computers so I really had to start from scratch. There's really nobody there assigned to guide me or teach me all the way through how to do it which makes it all the more harder for me, however, there's like 3 or 4 people there that I can always go up to and ask for help. On my 5th day, things are starting to make sense and I feel a little comfortable taking calls. But on the first few days, I'd always come home whining, feeling frustrated and sad. Oh boy, what a big adjustment I had to make. I have a hard time with their accent, the pronunciation and spelling of American names and their locations. Nobody's being rude or anything to me yet though especially when I tell them that I'm just starting out but this whole experience is very different and very challenging. I'm gonna be very proud of myself if I'll be able to make it through to at least 3 months. I'm learning new and important stuff about computers and despite the hardships that this job entails, I think this is a good training ground for me if I wanted to continue to be in the Information Systems industry.

5 replies:

Anonymous said...

you are still adjusting ate Jhen... but as you get the hang of it, it will just be easy for you. what's good thing about this job that you have is that you get to learn a whole lot of new things. things that you will definitely use in the future.

on your second one, just enjoy as you get familiar with the basic situations. the next thing you know, it is like helping out a friend who has problems with the application. *winks*

Michelle said...

Hi jenn, I understand your situation. Though I work part time only but I experienced the same thing with you on my first few weeks of working. Cooking for dinner is very important for me as a wife and hubby's joy when I can do it. Though there are times that I'm too lazy to cook if I do other things at home but hubby understand that also so we just go out to eat which we do once in a while. I posted the recipe that you asked for my modified beef stroganoff. Just check it later if you have time. I'll post something about saving time for cooking which I hope applicable to you. Just keep it easy. I'll try to think a quick and easy recipe that you can use. :)

HulaGirl said...

jannai, I can understand you, but you can try prepare things in the morning some easy dinner, and just heat it up or find recipes that you can prepare in no time. good luck my fried

Beth said...

Hello Jenn, My husband and I do both work too. I get home around 4:30 and right then I start preparing for dinner. If you want some vegetables and other ingredients, you can actually prepare them ahead of time. Or slow cooker is the best one too. You just put all your vegetables and meat at the cooker and it will be ready by the time you get home.
( I think , it will be harder though if we have a child )

Michelle said...

Hi jenn, I posted something that you might want to check. Let me know what type of foods that you normally want to eat. Maybe I have some in mind that I know how to cook the easy way. :)