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04 March 2014 @ 11:23 am
I'm a very lucky girl and this is a dilema  
F**K I now have 2 jobs. 2 Full time jobs. I obviously can't keep both, but which one do I keep? I have the job I never interviewed for and know little about but is superposed to be low stress and pretty easy with better long term pay (first 12 weeks is at a lower rate) but has what could be up to an hours travel, that may necessitate walking for the full hour on occasion.

Option 2 the job at Stantander bank answering questions regarding card services which is quite diverse, with calls from balance enquires to lost cards to complaints. This job is local (very good)  but the training itself is not, also I've meet lots of people who hated working there. Also from the interview (which I did very well and came across as very professional) the role play part I found hard: maths, typing and speaking at the same time. I actually forgot to fill out most of the computer form and had to do it after the call which I pretty sure I wasn't supposed to do. This gives me issue because with a real live customer I'm going to have to work out calculations whiles talking and making notes and unlike the interview I cant make notes after because I'll be on the next call.

Job 2 has a better rate of pay than job 1 for the first 12 weekd but job 1 which starts just above mimum wage rises after week 12 to higher than job 1 rises. I'm going to try walking to job one's general area today and see if it really is an hours walk. My instincts  tell me job 1 is the better fit, but job 2 makes me feel so much more comfortable because I know more about it and its walking distance. Also being offered a job without an interview is also unusual enough to make me feel uneasy. In short I think i'll cope better in job 1 but everything about it makes me feel uneasy. I don't think i'll cope with job 2 so easily, but I still feel much more at ease about it.

I'm hoping a walk to the area of job one and a bus back will help make my decision. Because travel time and ease is a big factor for me. I can cope with long journeys if they are easy but if its hard to find or requires lots of changes thats going to put my anxiety right up before I get to work.

And yes I do realise being offered two jobs for the second time this year, makes me a very lucky girl when other people struggle to get even one but I really could use your opinions on which one to take.
Nicola Buckley: Cuppaivymutant on March 4th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
Agency found jobs don't generally have interviews in my experience. On the basis that the agency interviews you, and decides whether you're suitable for a job. So don't worry about the lack of an interview. Do remember, as it's agency work, they can just phone you one day and say "don't bother going to work tomorrow, they don't want you anymore".

Given your posts over the last few months, I hope I'm not out of line saying that I really don't think you're suited to the second job. You say it yourself, that you couldn't do the maths, typing and speaking at the same time, and had to do it later. It seems to me you'd find this stressful in the long term.
Ascendant Angelascendant_angel on March 4th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
In my experience so far the agencys interview first and then it goes on to interviewing with the company. In this instance first contact was to be given the job, no one interviewed me at all, not even the agency.

With regards to your last comment I do value your opinion and you might be right, but I tend to think I cant do lots of things I actually can. I know that but I cant tell when I'm underestimating myself, I never thought I'd cope with the stress of a discount card shop at xmas but I coped really well.

All that said I given it more thought and I do think the first job will be best for me even if it is a bloody bugger to get too.
Nicola Buckley: Eva Roswellivymutant on March 4th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Just going on my own experience, where I had just an interview with the agency when signing on and then nothing when jobs came up (though I only had a couple).

Do you have access to a bike?
Ascendant Angel: Molly from wallascendant_angel on March 4th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
No, and I can't actually ride one anyway. I never did learn. I've looked into it more and the bus is doable, still part walking but not too much. Annoyingly even though its only a 35 minute trip I'll still have to leave an hour before because of bus timings.
Katiefantasysci5 on March 4th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Only you can pick, but my advice would be the first job. You'd like the low stress job, as long as the commute is okay.
Ascendant Angelascendant_angel on March 4th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
I've given it more thought and I'm going for the first one. I did walk it but I cant see me doing that often. There is a bus but I still have to walk 15 minutes to get to the bus stop and then 5 minutes at the other end and I'll get there 1/2 hr early or a fraction too late! On plus side I took this picture 5 minutes further down the road
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On a summers day when when I finish early I could happily catch the last hours of sunshine here.
Katiefantasysci5 on March 5th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
That's gorgeous!
Swedish for "Smith": SG1 teamcolls on March 4th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Based on everything you've been through with jobs lately, I'd personally lean towards the one you feel would involve less pressure/less stress. It also sounds like the 1st one has better long term pay.

It's so hard to judge this sort of thing though - you never know how a job is going to shake out, how coworkers will be, etc. until you dive in.

I'm sending you the best of vibes and wishing you the best of luck though. Whichever one you go for. I'M ROOTING FOR YOU!!!