Post # 1
I just got hired in the field i want to be in, doing the work I want to do… But after a craaaazy first week I’m having doubts. I’m not quitting but has anyone ever experienced this? I am dreading going to work today because I’m afraid there will be more crazy. Maybe I should mention I have an anxiety disorder as well.
I’m a medical assistant in the reception area. This is my first job as an MA. The trainer left me and one other new girl to run the office last time I was there (and it was only my 3rd day, 2nd with patients in the mix), and it was a calamity!
I’m so afraid of another calamity and scared of getting a lecture about it. But seriously it was my 2nd real day there and she just left us! It was just us 2 newbies and the doctor and that was it! Our last patient didnt leave until 10pm and we didnt leave until 1am!
Post # 3
I just went through something similar. I got a job working for a world-class university doing educational/non-profit work — something I’d been wanting to get into for a LONG time. It was great at first, but then my supervisor quit unexpectedly and they just expected me to fill in for her, despite the fact that I had only been at the company 60 days and had NO experience doing that type of job.
I did my best and it was IN-SANE. I hated it. Lost sleep, couldn’t eat, kept crying, the whole 9 yards. But I still came to work everyday and did my best. And honestly I think I did pretty well (aside from the anxiety attacks, but ya know).
But they fired me.
I’m not saying this will happen to you, and I hope it doesn’t. But even if this job doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean you aren’t in the right field or you aren’t good enough. Some places are just toxic environments with horrible people.
Just do your best, ask lots of questions, and take deep breaths. Be completely honest with your co-workers and let them know what you can and can’t handle (or don’t feel comfortable handling yet). Give it some time (at least 3 months) before making a permanent decision.
If it doesn’t get any better, that’s not a reflection of you as a person or an employee. It may just be a bad match between you and the company. Just try to take it one day (or one hour) at a time and do your best. Again, if it gets to the point where you are losing sleep or so stressed out you can’t function, look elsewhere. There IS such a thing as a bad work environment and if that’s the case here, it’s NOT your fault and you have every right to work in a place where you feel safe and appreciated!
Post # 4
work is work! i work as a before/after school program supervisor at a school
the first two weeks were absolute hell i wanted to run right out. i had to deal with confused people, complaints, two new staff one of whom i had to fire because of violation of policy on very serious matters that i as the supervisor could be held legally accountable for. problems with the teachers we share classrooms with, problem with the school, lisencing, tuition payments, new enrollments. getting complaints/yelled at from every side, trying to do a million things at once, my director didn’t tell me i had to go to work without pay the week before school starts to set up, etc ,etc but my stuff wasnt ready until wednesday so that would give me two/three days to set up which wasnt enough clearly
whatever could go wrong did, simultaneously
and i go to school for something else full time in the middle of the day so im driving back and fourth like a maniac leaving early/coming late tryin to make things work
and last nighti scraped the side of my car in my garage 🙁 i want to cry
Post # 5
You’ll do fine once you figure out your routine, maybe talk it over with your co worker who does what duties, or switch off patients? Once you find your flow I think your anxiety will get better.
Post # 6
Thanks for your advice. Last night went a bit better and I did explain to my trainer that I wasn’t comfortable being on my own yet, I told her what happened (she hadn’t heard), she agreed that staying until 1am was insane. We worked it out so she could stay with me 2 more nights then I’d be on my own with my co-worker.
I think a huge problem is the fact that I’m not doing the job every day, I’m only there 2 nights a week, so I’m not getting the repition that the other woman is getting. I wonder if they will start holding that against me and tell me they need to find someone with a better, more cohesive schedule.
Post # 7
It’s totally normal to be overwhelmed in the beginning. Since you’re there less, make sure you are really absorbing everything your trainer tells you and learning as quickly as possible. Try to be more independent even if you’re not 100% sure you can handle it because pushing yourself will prove to them and to you that you can do it. Once you get the hang of things, it will all get much easier.