Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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Wacky scheduling

I'm in training this week for the job that I've been doing for almost two months now. So this course looks like it it going to be at least a week of interminable boredom and maybe two. On top of that, the training is during second shift, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., where I am used to working third shift, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. So on top of being bored I'm also half-asleep part of the time. It wouldn't be so bad if the instructors didn't assume that this material is difficult in some way. So we spent at least of half of yesterday's class "reviewing" the material that we learned in our "week" of self-directed pre-study. (This is the material that took me two days to complete back in December when I started this job and that I re-did a couple of weeks ago in preparation for this class.)

We're also being strangely busy at work. The deadline for filing 13G forms with the SEC must be approaching because we're getting a lot of those coming through. (I suppose I should mention that the work I'm doing is typesetting for Merrill Corporation, a printer in the financial industry. They print things like annual reports, quarterly reports and other filings required by the SEC.) So after class, I stuck around for another four hours helping them dig out from under the pile of work.

You know, if all I wanted to do was sleep and work, this really wouldn't be a bad shedule. Work from 3 to 11, stay up until 6 a.m. or so, sleep until 2 p.m. and head off to work. Silly me, I'd like to do more than that so I'll be glad when these two weeks are over.

Of course, then the "peak" period for work will be swiftly approaching. This means no vacation and mandatory overtime. Sigh. Happens to be just the same time as Minicon this year so I'll probably end up missing some of my favorite parts of the convention. Fortunately, there seem to be job openings that seem more to my liking arising fairly frequently. So I've got to stick through a policy-required six months of this job and then can start looking around for better jobs within the company. I also keep my ear to the ground for job opportunities outside the company.

So like I told folks when I got the job. It's not exactly what I want, but it'll keep paying the bills while I'm looking for something better. A much better position to be looking from.

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