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I have just taken a new job as a trainer/customer service at a well-respected gundog kennel! This is right up my alley and very laid back so hopefully it will be a great fit for me!
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Re: The "I Have a New Job" Thread

I start a new job April 3. Worked in this field for 15 yrs, but took a year to try something else/self-employed, so I'm terrified that I've forgotten everything.

Half my career was in corporate, now I will be in a law firm. More terror...

When I interviewed, I tried to let my better ADD traits show - quick to answer questions, sense of humor. I've had to work on other things - making eye contact is very hard for me (but I managed). A few questions were about past work tasks, which I just don't remember (I can barely remember if I took my meds this am). I also took a risk - they talked about trying to have fun at work, & I revealed that I once completely decorated a co-worker's cubicle in a particular theme (had a cake, stuffed animals, you name it). As soon as I said it, I panicked, thinking it wouldn't go over well.
They actually loved the idea

So, somehow they picked me. I have a lot of ADD fears - will I fit in, how will I come across to others, can I keep up, stay focused? I'm trying to be positive - will have a few fidget toys, timer, whiteboards, reference binders. I'm hopeful that my 'unique' personality will be accepted & I'll be comfortable there.
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I start a new job April 3. Worked in this field for 15 yrs, but took a year to try something else/self-employed, so I'm terrified that I've forgotten everything.

Half my career was in corporate, now I will be in a law firm. More terror...

When I interviewed, I tried to let my better ADD traits show - quick to answer questions, sense of humor. I've had to work on other things - making eye contact is very hard for me (but I managed). A few questions were about past work tasks, which I just don't remember (I can barely remember if I took my meds this am). I also took a risk - they talked about trying to have fun at work, & I revealed that I once completely decorated a co-worker's cubicle in a particular theme (had a cake, stuffed animals, you name it). As soon as I said it, I panicked, thinking it wouldn't go over well.
They actually loved the idea

So, somehow they picked me. I have a lot of ADD fears - will I fit in, how will I come across to others, can I keep up, stay focused? I'm trying to be positive - will have a few fidget toys, timer, whiteboards, reference binders. I'm hopeful that my 'unique' personality will be accepted & I'll be comfortable there.

I'm sure you'll fit in or they wouldn't have chosen you. I feel like us ADD'ers are NOT boring people.
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By some miracle, I've landed an interview as an assistant public relations manager at a large organization (I DO mean miracle, my resume's not fantastic see... heck, I'm not even a university graduate) which will happen this Thursday. I did send a writing sample, and I think they liked it. Half-excited, half-HORRIFIED.

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By some miracle, I've landed an interview as an assistant public relations manager at a large organization (I DO mean miracle, my resume's not fantastic see... heck, I'm not even a university graduate) which will happen this Thursday. I did send a writing sample, and I think they liked it. Half-excited, half-HORRIFIED.

Wish me luck!

Good luck! You'll do great! Maybe to ease the horrified part is brush up on your interview skills. If it's a company that is well known, you can check glassdoor and see if other people have interviewed there and it sometimes tells you what questions were asked.
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Good luck! You'll do great! Maybe to ease the horrified part is brush up on your interview skills. If it's a company that is well known, you can check glassdoor and see if other people have interviewed there and it sometimes tells you what questions were asked.
Thanks, and that interview was over and done with! The interview was pretty short, about 20 minutes... they didn't seem to ask me out of the ordinary, and I replied the answers well (because these questions were pretty generic and I've been to zillions of interviews).

They were smiling when I answered the questions, so I guess that was a good sign. I "tested" the interviewer, asking "Looking forward to your reply soon!" and she was like "Sure! Very soon!" I think I did okay for the writing test too... I'm supposed to do a translation at home and email to them in half an hour but... *gulps* I'm surfing this forum and looking at pictures of Chris Evans, so... I reaaaaally should get started.
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...in loan underwriting! Non-profit. Love it in all respects. I have years of experience in data organization and processing so on meds it's just challenging enough to be worth my while. Contracted though, funded by a grant. Would stay as long as can be arranged...
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Re: The "I Have a New Job" Thread

thanks for this thread!!!

now I dont have a job, but my sister wants me to help her in a new proyect of a pets clinic, she wants me to do the logo but is too boring that I always forget to do it . Sometimes I feel lucky that my family are making new business where I can work at, Is easyer for me to adapt, and my bosses will be more comprehensive, but I also want to be more independant.
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Re: The "I Have a New Job" Thread

I got a new job! It's at a local casino and I'm just so excited right now. It's easy work (I'll be a cleaner. Emptying ash trays, wiping down the slot machines, picking up trash, and keeping the restrooms picked up), great hours (4pm-midnight, but I get an hour long break in there and get paid for it ) and there's lots of room for advancement and pay increases in my future.
I'm actually in an amazing position to become a supervisor if I can prove myself reliable during my first few months!
Oh, and the pay is okay. It's about $10 an hour, but they have regular pay increases. It's not an amazing amount of money, but it's very good for my area...especially considering it's just for an entry position and the fact I have no experience and no college degree.

A few concerns:

-It's been about 10 years since I've worked. Been on social security disability.
I am ready for this job...I'm just afraid it's going to be really rough on me physically for the first few months...going from a very lazy life, into working (my job consists of LOTS of walking).

-My motivation. I'm freaking pumped right now and SO ready to go. But this is a pattern if mine...jumping into new things with 110% of everything I've git...then slowly losing that momentum and motivation and then crashing.
What will be different this time?

-My adhd meds. Had to take a ua test the other day as was told the lab would call me if anything comes up such as my meds (adderall)...I don't know why I'm nervous, I very much so have TONS of proof that I'm taking amphetamines legally lol...But I am nervous non the less. I'd be so crushed if I lost this job because I could 't pass an dam ua!

Also I'm really happy with my current dose of adderall. I can notice a HUGE improvement in my productivity between when I'm on the meds and when I'm off them...but I'm not taking so much that I'm getting buzzed or euphoric on the meds which I appreciate.
This being said...I just don't think it'll cover enough of my day now that I'll be working evenings.
Currently I take the equivalent of 20mg 3x a day...but it starts wearing off at about 7 or 8 in the evening...I get grumpy and tired and lethargic lol. My come downs from adderall is pretty rough (though it has gotten better over the months).
I'm not sure how to go about increasing the amount of time these meds effect me every day, without taking too much of them and getting wired on them.
I see my doc in a couple weeks and will see if she's willing to let me try 20mg 4x a day...though I am concerned that will be too much.

Man I love this site. Lol I swear I'd fall apart if I didn't have a pkace to come and vent and ramble!

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Re: The "I Have a New Job" Thread

Congrats, Psychopathetic! That has to be an amazing feeling. When do you start?

Regarding the adderall concern, is there a way you can change the schedule of when you take it to coincide with your work schedule?

I do the same of jumping in so much at the start when excited about something. One thing that's helped is trying to be more realistic of things surrounding what I'm interested in. For example, if I'm starting a new job I'm really psyched about, I try to not take on too many commitments outside work for awhile.
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Thank you so much Chicky!

It's been a LOOOONG few weeks for me! It took quite a bit of time to go through the hiring process (first had to be approved by the tribe, had to take a ua test (which took a tiny bit more time as I tested positive for amphetamines which they had to sort out with me and my pharmacy), had a thorough background check, and then had to apply for a gaming license (required to work at a casino) and be approved for it.

And...last week the gaming commission (the people who give gaming licenses) called to inform me that I had a freaking warrent out for my arrest! haha...omg!

I don't know how I'm so lucky...but the commission said they'd still approve me for a license as long as I show up for court (which is tomorrow afternoon) and get that all settled (hoping it'll just be a fine...fingers crossed!). It was from 2004 (lol which means I've been a fugitive for like 10 years? And I never knew!!) and he wasn't going to hold it against me. That he understands that everyone makes mistakes, and that I had nothing else in my background check he ran that would prevent me from being approved.

So...I start tomorrow at 4pm!...as long as nothing crazy happens in court. Everything hangs on that now...but I am on the schedule to start working tomorrow!

The last thing I need to do is go get my license and a picture ID/badge. They're kinda neat cause they have chips inside of them and you just slide the badge across these panels to doors at the casino that are staff only...and you also use the badge to sign in and out of work. They print the badges on site and it only takes 10-15 mins.

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-------WARNING...LONG RAMBLE/RANT BELOW!------- you've been warned! lol
I'm kinda a nervous wreck right now! haha

For the past 2 weeks I've been an absolute nervous wreck! It was CONSTANTLY on my mind...from the moment I woke up, till the moment I went to bed. Hyper focusing. My mind was constantly on whether or not I was going to be approved by the tribe, or how much trouble it was going to be to prove I was on legal amphetamines for my ua, or if I was going to pass my background check. I was just a wreck through it all!
But at the same time, I've been super excited and pumped and ready to go! I was ready to start at a moment's notice! I couldn't freaking wait!!

But then this whole warrant thing blindsided me...and there for a while on that day, I felt pretty damned devastated. I figured I had lost any chance of working for the casino because of it. Fortunately I decided to go and speak in person with the head honcho (the guy in charge of approving or disapproving people for a gaming license) and he eased all my worries by pretty much straight up telling me I had the job as soon as I took care of things in court.

So I've been feeling a lot of relief.

Than just today my dad called me (he works graveyards at the casino) and informed me that I was just placed on the schedule and start tomorrow and work through the weekend.
And in that moment...it all finally dawned on me...I HAVE a freaking job!
No more second guessing. No more wondering if something's going to go wrong.

But instead of feeling excited like I thought I should...
All day I've been so scared and anxious and sad! /sigh...

I haven't worked in years. I've grown so lazy in the last 4 or 5 years. I have no serious responsibilities...nothing but free time...no one to answer to.
It might sound great...but it's not all fun and games for me. It's left me feeling quite misserable because I feel like such an unproductive bum and I just hate that feeling. It's really eaten away at my self-esteem. I feel so horrible not having to 'earn my keep' like everyone else has to. It's like I'm just a lazy good for nothing human because I'm just living off the government doing nothing productive in my life...I just hate it.
And it's made worse because I truly have felt over the last 2 or 3 years that I have been ready for employment again. That I'm no longer disabled like I have been in my past (when my social anxieties where MUCH worse).

And now I'm going back. Very sudden like.
From no work for 10 or so years...to full time employment, just like that. And I start tomorrow!
And there's a knot in my stomach over it! I'm so dam scared all the sudden! All day!

I'm sorry for the ramble, and I'm sorry for leaving it here in this thread...it's just I've already made quite a few threads of my own about this job throughout these forums and I think I'm starting to annoy people by talking about it so excessively...
And I often find that I feel just SO much better after I open up and just ramble about things that are bothering me. It helps to release some of the pressure in me, and things generally just start working themselves out with less resistance after I've either talked to someone (like a support group I go to each week), or type about it in a public place (as apposed to a journal where no one can see it).

I'm going to make a quick list of some of the fears I have...then I'll follow it up with some of the things I'm excited about with this job. I don't know why...I just think it might help in some way.

Fears:

-That I'm too out of shape for the work. I'll be on my feet for most of the 8 hours I'll be at work, walking the casino's floor and cleaning. Lots of bending down, lots of walking, lots of scrubbing.
I know it's really not all that much...but for me it will be a LOT.

-That my social anxieties will start to creep back into my life. Blech :*(. I don't even want to think about this much. I've come so far! I use to have a dam hard time even leaving my apartment at all years ago because I was so dam afraid of people looking at me...hating me...
I'm not the same person anymore. I don't know how it happened exactly...but a tremendous amount of those fears are gone now. You'll often see me with a smile on my face and my chin held high now when I'm in the public. I don't have that level of fear anymore and it's amazing!
But I'll be around people my entire shift. I'll be working in a large crowd during the casino's busiest hours...
Just a concern I have.

-Losing my free time.
Man I can't tell you how nice it's been to be able to break away from the world and spend as much time as I wanted and needed alone in my apartment. I'm very much so an introvert so I require a LOT of alone time to process things and to recharge.
Now I'm going to be working 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week...I wont have nearly as much time to myself as I've been use to.

-Eventually disliking my job and resenting it.
This is one of my biggest fears. Once the excitement of going back to work, and working for a casino has worn off...what if I decide I really don't like the job? I'll start feeling reluctant to go to work, will become sluggish and will just start to feel miserable.
Blech!
Scares the crap out of me.

-Getting caught up in the tedium of it all.
8 hour workdays have always to me seemed to take up most of a person's day. It's like their entire lives revolve around their jobs...and that's always felt so overwhelming to me.
The idea of getting up, getting ready for work, working for 8 hours, getting home feeling exhausted, eating, going to bed...and then repeating. 5 days a week.
The little free time in the day you do have to yourself is either spent feeling exhausted from your full day at work, eating, or sleeping. It's like you no longer have a personal life at all...your entire life is devoted to your job.
It's just an idea/thought that feels so damn overwhelming to me. So depressing. The idea that I'm giving up my own personal life for a job and money. /sigh...
I've had nothing but personal time for all these years. How am I going to handle having that all but taken away?

-Quitting my job early...
And this has got to be my biggest fear. I just have a very well established pattern of this. Jumping into something new, giving it my all, really excelling at it...then struggling hard as that momentum and excitement starts to die out...and then quitting whatever it is.
I just do this in my life over and over and over again. On big things and on small things. School/college, jobs, friendships...hobbies, interests, small goals.
What's going to be different here with this job?
Now I do have a few things under my belt...a few significant accomplishments...that I've been able to achieve over the last 4 or 5 years that have broken this mold...so I at least have some hope. It CAN be done (pushing past my pattern) because I've done it before...so I do have some faith.
But it is scary to me. A bit sad.

...I really do feel I'm ready though. I think I'm now far more ready for employment then I ever have been. I've grown by leaps and bounds in the past 10 years...especially in the past 5. I've made so many positive changes in these past 5 years that I'm really proud of.
I'm a MUCH stronger, more confidant, more positive person today then I was. I'm not nearly as consumed with anxiety as I once was...I have a heck of a lot more self-compassion then I ever have in my past...and I've really grown up quite a lot in these past few years. I'm still a proud kid at heart...but I'm also just much more mature in so many ways.
Plus I FINALLY have a name for what's going on with me (ADHD-PI) and have FINALLY found a medication that actually works for me. I've never had either of these in my past, and just in the last 8 months that I've had them I've made some significant improvements in my life.
I really think being properly medicated is going to make a HUGE difference for me. Something I never had in my past as I struggled so deeply to hold down a job.

And I have a lot of other great things going for me as well. I have an awesome support group I go to each week that I absolutely love being a part of...and they're actually going to move the group back 2 hours in the day just so I can keep going to the group without having to miss any of it (it's currently from 3-5pm each thursday. They all agreed that they'd be happy to move it to 1-3pm. I have to work at 4pm so as it is currently, I'd only be able to stay for about 30 minutes each group). I've never had a support group before as I worked...I think it's going to be awesome because I'll be able to vent each week and have a great place to just release some steam about my job.
I also have a therapist that I can see on an as needed basis (I'm actually going to see her every 2 weeks for the first couple of months...just till I can feel a bit more solid at the job).
And of course I have this awesome website to come and to vent to as needed.
I've just never had anywhere near this amount of support before while working.

And this is a job I actually want. It's not a job I'm dreading in anyway...I'm actually very excited about this job! I've been wanting this job for a while now!
And it's a job I can see turning into a career down the line. I've never had a job that I felt this way about before.
There's just so many ways I can grow at this casino. So many cool positions I could eventually move my way into (such as security or being a card dealer at the table games).
And the management go out of their way to treat their employees well...regular pay raises, lots of small perks (always giving things to my dad...cards and shirts and christmas ornaments and gift cards...plus they give everyone $54 each 2 weeks if you don't use any sick time and show up on time each day...that's an extra $100 a month just for doing what you're suppose to be doing in the first place!), they give the staff members $10 each week in free slot play, as well as a 40% discount at the resteraunt and on merchandise at the small gift shop)...and they throw lots of parties just for the employees as well! In fact they're having a big one at a park this weekend. I'm SO excited to go . I went with my dad last year to one, and it was a lot of fun. But I'm going to go and will be beaming with pride cause I'll actually belong out there...I'll be a full fledged employee! lol
They just really treat their employees well. It'll be amazing to work for a place that actually appreciates me!

Plus my boss is awesome. I wont be working much with him, as he works mainly mornings/afternoons...but he's just a very cool guy. Super relaxed and very carefree. He's the kind of guy I wouldn't want to try and take advantage of...as he comes across as very stern and very serious when he needs to be...but as long as I stay on his good side (which really wont be hard!) he just seems like a super awesome guy to work for. Hard to anger, very patient and understanding and just...I don't know...a nice guy! lol
I HATE working for bosses who are pr*cks. They just make working a lot harder then it has to be.
I'm very much so looking forward to working for this man. I actually wish he worked my shift as we get along so damn well.

Plus it's an easy job from what I've gathered so far. And I'm knocking on wood here, cause I may be completely wrong. I wont fully know till I've actually worked for a week or 2.
But from what I've been told by everyone...I'll have the easiest shift. It's during the casino's busiest hours, so I wont be responsible for any of the heavy cleaning. No vacuuming, no deep cleaning the bathrooms, no cleaning all the chairs.
My job will be wiping down the slot machines, emptying the ash trays (one at just about each slot machine), picking up empty cups and trash people leave around (the casino gives out free fountain drinks), keeping up with the trash cans (emptying and filling with new trash bags) and making sure the bathrooms are kept clean and sanitized (I might have to mop once every couple of hours, and I'll have to keep things wiped down. ick lol...)...
None of this sounds hard to me. It's all very simple, easy work. And it's only a small casino with about 300 slot machines. I'll be spending most of my time just walking around and wiping down the machines and cleaning ash trays. Such an easy sounding job!

It reminds me of when I worked at domino's pizza. I felt so dam spoiled there because I LOVED my boss (haha he took me under his wing and treated me just like I was his son...and he really became a very close father figure to me)...and I just felt so dam spoiled there. It was a super easy job (making pizzas and delivering them) and the pay was decent (it wasn't great, but it was well over minimum wage at the time, plus I got paid quite a bit for each mile I drove that day, and I got to keep all of my tips I made from deliveries).
I feel like it's going to be the same with this job. That I'm going to feel spoiled by it. It'll be easy work, it'll pay well, and I'll be working for awesome people. What more could I ask for?

.......
So yeah lol...now that I've typed this all up...my excitement is starting to come back. I'm so freaking ready for this job!
I have to imagine my nervousness is completely within reason. Of course I'm going to be scared! This is the biggest change to my life I've had in a very long time! Even bigger then putting myself into college a few years ago (I don't have the luxury of skipping days with a job like I did in college. A job just has a whole lot more responsibility attached to it it seems).
It is going to be hard work at first. I'll be a nervous wreck wanting to do everything correct and learning everything and wanting to impress everyone...and it very well may make my body sore for awhile as I adjust to it.

But you know what? I've NEVER in my life been more ready for this job.

And I've been trying to find meaningful employment for 4 or 5 years now. VERY little progress has been made. Even with working with vocational rehabilitation and other people/facilities that help people find employment.
And I even turned down a job within the last few months because I just didn't feel like it was the right job for me...and I've been holding out for a job I actually thought I might enjoy and like.
Well this is it. This job. This is a job I think I just might enjoy!
I've decided to commit 6 months to it. If it does end up becoming a major struggle for me, I've committed to giving it at least 6 months before quitting.
But...
I have a feeling that I may just well be at this casino for much longer. I can see myself here for the long term. I can see 5 years into my future, this job transforming from a 'job' and into a 'career'.
Yeah. This is exactly the job I've been holding out for!
And I'm ready!
And I'm excited!
And I'm scared! And that's okay!! I can be scared! I give myself that permission!

Oh I can't wait for tomorrow to come! I can't wait to have my first whole day of employment under my belt!
It's been over 10 years guys!
WOW!

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And now...just as I had hoped...I'm feeling just SO much better! My stomach isn't all knotted, my throat isn't so tight, there seems to be less friction in the air!

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I know y'all have been wondering but I've been doing.... Yep, been a long time. Helped take care of my parents, my dad passed away in June this year. But then, I got a job. I am a church secretary at the church I'm a member of. It's part-time (Mon-Thu), 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. I love it. Okay, so I didn't get a job (yet) in medical office or medical coding for which I went to college for and got a degree, but I have a job! So, I will try to get on more, but if I don't, I'll see you next year. LOL.
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Re: The "I Have a New Job" Thread

I started a new job as a Clinical Social Worker in a local County Office. I was with Social Services as a Children's Social Worker (with the same County), now I am working with adults with mental illness. I started March 18. Everything is great so far! It was good move career-wise and takes me one step closer to getting my Clinical license and working for the VA or Kaiser!
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I have a new Job!

I have been out of work for about a year. This will be the first job that I work while having my ADHD managed in any way whatsoever.

I am hoping that the gains I have made outside of work will translate to my new job.

I am working part-time at a music store. It could be perfect for me.

I was really nervous all day today, but I worked out and breathed slowly for most of the afternoon, and I feel a lot better.
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