O the Drama

June 24, 2006 erinstine

I've just completed my second week at my brand new job and there are SO many things I've been taking in, it's kind of ridiculous.  There's all the actual job training – from collection development to the circulation database.  There's the organizational politics, which I briefly found myself in the middle of in an awkward turn of events earlier this week.  And there's of course health and safety.  Challenged by the early morning (before any staff were present) attempt at arson at the library.  By way of a Molotov cocktail made from a Heineken bottle. 

Yeah, that's right. 

I am actually in unchartered waters right now because, at 27, this is the first time I have felt like my job is really self-directed.  I am so used to having particular tasks assigned to me (and to be sure, I still do with this job), but day to day, as long as I ultimately get my shiz done, it appears that it's up to me how I spend it.  So today I did a lot of "spend some time in my office – come back out to the circ desk – go back to the office – check out what's up at the circ desk."  I am somewhat unclear of what is expected of me, whether it's odd that I should be out at the desk or strange that I'm holed up in my office.  I'd like guidance but am afraid of being discovered as an idiot.  Thus is my dilemma.

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  • 1. Miss E  |  June 26, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    Being self-directed is weird. All of my previous jobs were either driven by a stack of work or by customers – so to have to come into the office for x amount of time and find things to do – well, that’s still weird for me, and I’ve been in this job a year and a half.

    I’m glad you’re liking it, though!

  • 2. Ryan  |  June 27, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    EW! Self-direction sucks sometimes. So, I’ll do my best to help you out. You know, do my part/ boss you around so you feel “at home” in your new job.

    First, take a short break to relax you have a long day ahead of you.

    Second, think about what you did or didn’t do yesterday.

    Third, think about what you may or may not do today.

    Fourth, take another break.

    Fifth, get online and pull up multiple browsers so it appears you’re busy.

    Sixth, Lunch.

    Seventh, think about what you did or didn’t do in the morning.

    Eighth, think about what you may or may not do with the rest of the afternoon.

    Ninth, take a break, you’ve been working hard!

    Tenth, back to the internet!

    Eleventh, time to call it a day!


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