||[Sep. 21st, 2009|09:07 pm]
I suppose I should post on here at least occasionally at least.
Quick recap: Since moving to the furhouse in irvine in March, i've been looking for a job. Had a wonderful trip to Lake Powell in July. Then, in a stroke of luck, I got a job in the beginning of August. It was for a pool manager position at a swim lessons company. At first I was very excited. I was replacing the current manager at the time, who had been there for 7 years. I trained with him for 2 weeks, which mostly was comprised of getting practice shadowing him in the water teaching and getting to know the kids. All was well, until the reins were passed on to me. As it turns out, there was alot more expected of me that I was aware of, much less trained to handle. The last two weeks of August were very trying and tiring, filled with daily scheduling clusterfucks and ended up working 21 days in a row (not full days, thankfully, but such a thing is still exhausting).
Then, in September, one of the upper management dudes, Matt calls me in for a meeting in the main office, and basically says because I have so many lessons, that I cant really effectively manage the pool (true!) So that the solution was going to have me focus on lessons, and have Casey, a coworker and friend of mine, do the more managerial duties. At first I was very offended that I had basically been demoted, until I realized that I was going to be paid $9/hour regardless. With the approaching fall, and school starting, lessons died down a lot in September, which was a much appreciated relief from the chaos of August. I spent alot of time helping Casey, and teaching him what i was taught and what i had figured out in august.
However, last week, I started to get a little worried. Lessons were getting really thin, and i noticed another instructor getting infant/toddler training, a thing that only i had at that pool. My job security became afraid for itself.
Then, on Saturday, Casey pulled me aside and told me that they were consolidating the schedule, and that I was probably gonna get cut from at least the weekday lessons. He wasnt sure if he was supposed to tell me or not, but I appreciated the confidence from one friend to an other. I saw Matt on Sunday, but he didnt say anything. I spent the whole time waiting for the dreaded phonecall.
Sure enough, this morning before my work, (which was at 3:00) Matt calls, and in short explains that they dont have enough lessons to make it cost effective to have me there. It was expected, but it still hurt. They could at least have had the courtesy to tell me before a few hours before work.
BUT! Fate works in mysterious ways. I found a message on my phone that i must have missed from the end of last week. A filtration company looked at my resume, and wanted to interview with me. I called them immediately, and managed to squeeze in an interview at 3:00 today, the SAME TIME i would have had to go to work had i not been laid off. What fortune!!! So I got myself ready, and attended. It looks like something I could really jump on board with, and the interview went well. I didnt quite have the experience, so I tried to charm them with outgoingness and friendlyness. I don't know if I'll get the job, I should know in just a few days. Either way, it feels good, even though I dont have a job any longer.
In other news, I'm redoubled my efforts in studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam at the end of October. If I pass, then I will get my EIT (Engineer in Training), which is basically like a gold star on your resume that says you know your shit. It's hard work, and I'll be glad to see the end of October, regardless of how the test goes.
Thats all for now, I'll try to post more frequently.