Careers, eh? Aren’t they so confusing? See, your job takes up over half of your life and, personally, I think the decision of what you want your career to be is a massive one. This is your entire life we are talking about. And I know that you can change jobs and it’s not 100% set in stone, but how many times do you really want to change your job? I’ve come to the point in my life where I would rather find a job that was suited so I could settle. There is nothing worse than the stress of finding a job, applying, waiting for a response, interviewing and then sitting with a tapping knee anxious to see if you got it. Horrible.
A quarter of a century is a good time to settle.
Coming close to my 25th birthday, I knew I needed to do something or I would be working in payroll my entire life. Don’t get me wrong, I liked working in payroll but I was very aware this wasn’t something I wanted to do for years to come. I wasn’t actively looking for a new job but if something came up then I would consider it. Fast forward a month or so and BAM. A job. An NHS job had been advertised in the admin department of a Mental Health unit in our hometown. Perfect! Just what I wanted to do, within walking distance AND working with the NHS.
I applied the next day.
One thing to be aware of when applying for the NHS is the application. My lord was it a long and stressful thing to complete. However, once you’ve sat down and done it, it’s done. I made the added effort as well to call the unit and ask if I could come and meet my potential manager and view the place I could potentially be working. It was a good thing to do and really cemented in the fact that this is where I would be happy working. I got on well with the lady who would be my manager and even met a few people I would be working with.
A couple of weeks later I had an interview and, if I am honest, I didn’t think it went all that well. However, how wrong I was. I got the job! I was so excited and just knew this was the start of my career. I have been working here now for just over a month and I really like it. I get on with everyone who works here and am learning all of the time. I have done all of my mandatory training and feel confident with the job I am doing. I get great discounts by working with the NHS and I have a brilliant pension. I can see myself working with the NHS my entire life! I am starting my apprenticeship with them soon which will give me more skills so I can start working my way up the banding scale. Hopefully, this will be the last job update on my blog.
Here’s to the future.
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