Post # 1
But… it’s not what I expected. Well, it is and it isn’t. It’s basically the same as what I did before in the UK. But now I am in Asia the goalposts have changed.
Yesterday I worked 18 hours straight – and that’s considered an easy day. To be fair, most of the day was spent doing not a lot (it was an event so I was there just in case something went wrong) but being bored is just as bad. I don’t believe that my boss has managed his staff very well. There were 20 people there for a job that (in my previous experience) would only have taken 10, if that. So instead of splitting 20 into two sets of 10, all 20 were there all day. Not very efficient if you ask me. Especially when people start to get tired. But that’s a by-the-by.
It’s unusual for women to work in this industry in Asia. I am the only caucasian woman working for this company. (I’m the only caucasian actually, and I’ve been told by Asian colleagues that my skin colour makes people be easier on me). And I am the only woman working in this department. So they don’t let me do anything. I grabbed one end of a table to move it (a tressle-effing-table) and a guy came over and pushed me out of the way. It wasn’t mean, I know they’re trying to be nice. But this is part of my job and I feel a bit surplus to requirements, what’s the point in me being here if they wont let me do simple things?
Most people speak English, but most speak it as their second language and speak one or two other languages. Therefore they tend not to speak in English. So it’s hard to follow what’s going on, what needs to be done next, and then take initiative.
Feeling out of my depth.
I’m hoping to speak to my boss today, I don’t really know what to say, but I will be honest. There was some talk that I could move into a planning capacity rather than a hands on one, but I’m not sure. I spent years at university for this.
Advice is always welcome, but I am going out to work pretty shortly so it might have to wait for next week.
Sorry I’ve not been around much!
Post # 3
I should add that I need this job to keep my Visa. And without it, I can’t be here with SO (unmarried).
I know it’s the first week and things could change but still I got teary yesterday I was so tired.
Sorry this post is so long.
Post # 4
It’s sounds like you’ve gone through a lot of big changes. It is totally understandable that it will take time to adjust to the new job and the new culture. I’d say just do your best to hang in there and give yourself time to adjust. If you feel like you’re bored during the day or you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, then it’s okay to go to your boss and ask him to help you understand everything that’s expected of you and all the tasks that need to get done. But the longer you’re there, the more you will adapt to the work environment and the more comfortable your co-workers will get with you.
Post # 5
I think what the PP said is spot on. I would give it some time, let the “newness” of you being there wear off and kind of get used to the job, the company and the culture. Truth be told its hard just to start a new job in your OWN country never mind in a completely different country and culture, I admire that and can understand how stressful that is.I hope after sometime things start to fall in place and if they don’t then your well within your right to speak with your boss.
Post # 6
@ladyartichoke: Wooo that would be frustrating for sure…
I would rather the planning capacity you spoke of. At least it sounds less boring than sitting around for 16 hours with a language barrier/all men!
If you just started, maybe they’re babying you so you don’t feel overwhelmed… its a nice thing but kinda annoying as well lol
If you have to keep the job as grounds for your visa, I would just thank my lucky stars and stick it out.
Did you speak to your boss at all? I would be gentle because I wouldn’t want to come off ungrateful for the position but if you’re really unhappy and you think it will be well-recieved, I think you should say something.