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First Week, New Job

November 5th, 2011 at 06:28 pm

I started my new job on Nov. 1. The first day was quiet, as half the firm was off at a continuing education seminar. I spent the first couple of hours filling out paperwork and reading over the details of benefits information (health insurance--I'll save over $300 a month from what I was paying on my own, plus there's $0 copay for doctor visits and only a $500 deductible; and there's a SIMPLE IRA with a 3% company match). Then the two partners who were there took me out to lunch, so we got to know each other a bit better. I was pleased to find out that they are dog people, too. In the afternoon, I started working on my QuickBooks ProAdvisor Certification--there's a 16 hour CPE course (which takes more than twice that long to complete if you're relatively new to QB, as I am). Most of the rest of the first week was spend on this certification course, with one of the partners throwing little assignments at me for an hour or so each day. Next week, I learn the billing system, as that will become my responsibility. So far, so good--I am enjoying things so far, but definitely have to get used to being away from home for 9 or more consecutive hours a day. As a professor, I worked that much, but was able to do lots at home, so wasn't away from home that much. And even last tax season, when I was working about 65 hours a week, it was at two firms, one of which was near my house, so that I'd come home for lunch and dinner. The new firm is 15 miles away, so these days I go home for dinner, but come tax season, I won't. At least there's a refrigerator and microwave at work (though no sink in this "kitchen.")

Once I have my first paycheck in hand and verify my take home pay, I'll have to start putting together a plan to get myself out of debt. It will be such a relief to finally start turning that debt around!

3 Responses to “First Week, New Job”

  1. snafu Says:

    Hope you enjoy your job and work in a supportive environment. not to soon to run figures and examine different routes/priorities

  2. patientsaver Says:

    I'm sure if I...I mean, when I get a job, it will also be a huge adjustment getting used to an 8-hour workday away from home.

    Those first early days at a new job, ewww...you feel so wierd and out of place.

  3. Dido Says:

    Patientsaver, glad you added the "when"! I will say my new employers have done a pretty good job of welcoming me. Taking me out to lunch the first day was a nice gesture, and I've had a few "feel free to come down and ask questions" emails. I also share an office with one of the senior accountants, and he's been very helpful, and we chat a little bit throughout the course of the day. The other two accountants I haven't done more than say hello to, but feeling comfortable with 3 out of 5 so far (and the office manager--who turns out to be distantly related to another friend of mine) is a good start.

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