My Practicum: Out In The Real World
I have not written in more than a week and that is because I have been so exhausted from my new reality. My practicum.
I have been at the office for almost two weeks now. It has been great.
Some days I feel like I am constantly on the go. There are many phone calls to take, calls to make, bills to check, stat sheets to create, filing to do, input information in the computer, balance the tills, make deposits, etc. etc. etc. This job sure keeps you on your toes. One minute you could be doing something and the next, you need to take care of a client who came to pay a bill. Every night I come home, eat supper with my family, and fall asleep on the couch for about a half hour to an hour. Needless to say, my insomnia has somewhat been cured by this experience. I fall asleep within a few minutes of my head hitting the pillow.
I won’t say it is all roses and sunshine. The learning curve has been steep. I have made many mistakes including not hearing a name correctly, messing up a receipt, or accidentally hanging up on someone holding on the other phone line. But making mistakes is how you learn in life.
I have a very understanding and patient boss guiding me through the entire process. I am also grateful to have coworkers who are very friendly and supportive.
I am especially thankful to my teacher, the secretary, who took the time to walk me through each and every step required to be successful in the position. She answered many questions, silly or not. Sadly, today was her last day of work. She came in to show me how to complete the month end activities and then she was off on begin her next venture.
When I first heard from my student adviser at the college that I was required to complete a work practicum at the end of my studies, I was scared. Really, really afraid. I cannot even put into words how nervous I was for this day to come. I was dreading it with everything I had in me. Let’s just say that my anxiety was at an all time high the closer the first day of work approached.
But now, I actually look forward to going to the office every day. I really enjoy it there.
Last Friday I came to the office and told my coworkers that this was the first Friday I had been excited for in five years. Of course, they looked strangely at me. Then, I explained as a stay at home mom, pretty much every day is the same. So, there wasn’t really a reason to get excited for a Friday or the weekend. They got it after that.
Funnily enough I was even excited to return on Monday morning to learn more.
And one day when I was balancing a till I shouted “WOOHOO!” My coworker heard and said, “you got it to balance didn’t you?” I told him yes and that it only took three tries.
I just love the atmosphere of this office.
If it had not been for this practicum, I probably would not have ever had the chance to meet and interact with my coworkers. I had never actually met any of them before and we live in a small community. And I am so glad I have had the chance to get to know them professionally and personally.
So, I have two more weeks of my practicum to go. I am looking forward to the challenge yet to come. I know it will be a great ride.
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