Post # 1
So here’s a little backstory. I am a junior in college and majoring in Psychology & Sociology. I currently work as a front desk receptionist at a hotel where I work nights from 2pm-9pm and occasional weekends. I found a position as a counselor advocate working with individuals who have mental illnesses and have to live in a facility because they cannot function on their own. I volunteered with this company for the past 6 months. The posiition would be paying a little bit more than what I make now, plus I would get benefits. I would be working graveyard shifts Sunday-Tuesday 9:30pm-8am. In addition I would have to work every other Wednesday 9:30pm-8am. Everything about this job seems perfect, I would make more money, have benefits, and gain experience working in the psychology field. The only thing holding me back is the fact that it is graveyard shift, I have never worked nights and don’t know if it might be too much/overwhelming.
So what I am asking is do any other bees work graveyard/night shift? If so, can you give me any advice or tips?
Post # 3
Are you allowed to sleep at the facility? Is the position just so there is a responsible person on site? Do you have classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and every other Thursday?
If you have classes and aren’t allowed to sleep, I don’t think that working nights would be a great idea.
Post # 4
Working nights is really tough on your body. I am constantly swithcing back and forth between working nights and sleeping nights so I am on the same schedule as my family, which sound like you would need to do for school. I think if it works best for you,then go for. That is what I keep telling myself and then hopefully at some point when my kids are older I will switch back to days.
Post # 5
@julies1949: I believe I would be allowed to sleep on site, I would have to double check though. The job description is to be on site but on call as clients need me throughout the night. I do have one class on Tuesday am from 8:30am-9:30am but the term hasn’t started yet so I can still change it.
@ieatunicorns: Thank you! I appreciate the insight from someone who works graveyard. I think it’s doable, not ideal but there is a chance for me to move up within the company eventually so I don’t think it would be a permanent thing.
Post # 6
I work 7pm to 7am I never sleep before going in onmy first night shift you will be suprised how long you can stay awake for. Sometime I take cat naps in chairs. My shift partner stays up real late the night before then gets up really early in the morning and then sleeps all afternoon.
My stomach had a hard time adjusting it a lot better now I would get bad cramps everytime I ate.
I flip flop back and fourth from night to days which is hard.
Fiance use to work 4 10hr night shifts and it was a lot easier on him.
on my last night shift I wake up around noon so I could sleep at a normal time that night.
Post # 7
@Katnisseverdeen: Thank you! A few of my relatives have worked nights and they say that it is hard at first but it does get easier. I am also the type of person that stays up really late anyways so I don’t think it will be as hard on me.
Post # 8
I just took a job with rotatiing all shifts including graveyard. I feel like if its the right thing for you and your career to go for it. It wont be permanent.
Post # 9
When I have to do a late night over night, I would just go to my early classes and then sleep after classes
Post # 10
@MASPA: Good luck with your job. I agree, it’s a really good opportunity to get a job in the fieldin which I’m getting my degree in. Like you said, it isn’t permanent.
@imalittlebirdie: Ya that’s a good idea. I have one class on Tuesdays that is 8:30-9:30 and don’t have another class until 5 that night. So I can get some sleep in then.