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post #1 of 8
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Hey guys, I need some input.
My current job only has me scheduled for 15 hours a week (but we've been busy for the past three or four weeks so I've been getting around 22hrs, sometimes more) but since I've been there I think the closest I've come to a 40 hour week was 32 hours, and that was only once or twice (been there since March). So I got hired as a seasonal customer service rep (call center, same thing I did last year) today, my training doesnt start until October so I've got a while yet. For some reason they had me signed up for the second shift (any time from 2pm to 2am) which is not what I worked last year. What happened last year was I wasnt scheduled much time at all, maybe one or two (three or four rarely) shifts a week, 6hrs each. I picked up extra time when it was busy etc. So I'm thinking if things are the same this year it shouldn't be a problem. My boss is all uptight that I'm not going to be on demand any more ("We'll call you in the morning and let you know if we want you to come in" isn't gonna work any more) so she's giving me extra hours but I can't imagine it'll last more than a few weeks.
I wasn't worried about it earlier, if I have to quit the seasonal job I will, no big deal. But I've been home for a while and thinking about it and it's starting to stress me out. I'm worried about working a night shift, I'm usually in bed and turning out the lights by 11 and the training is from 5pm-11pm and it takes an hour to drive home. I keep telling myself to just relax until I get my training and they give me a schedule, I really need the money. But argh! I'm a worrier and I'm just stressed that I won't be able to juggle everything, I hate being constantly busy. I don't know what I expect anyone to say, I guess I'm asking what would you do?
post #2 of 8
Is there any way you can call and see if they will give you an earlier shift?

I wouldn't mess up your schedule for a temporary seasonal job. Seasonal work is always available, if they refuse to give you different hours to help work around your schedule, then you should just find another seasonal job.

The holidays are rapidly approaching my dear, seasonal workers are always needed.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
They can't give me an earlier shift because on the three days that I work at the clinic I can't get to the second job before six. So they'll let me start at that time but that puts all my shifts on the second rotation. It's not likely to mess up my schedule at my regular work too badly, I'll probably have to leave early sometimes, but the biggest issue I think is just being able to do days and nights, travel, sleep and whatever else.
post #4 of 8
This doesn't sound like it's going to be very good for your health.

I think the most important thing is to make sure you will be able to get the proper and adequate amount of sleep each night.
post #5 of 8
I guess it depends on how bad you need the money,
I was working 16 hour shifts with only 4 hours sleep for about 6 months.
on the occasional Sunday when i wasn't working i would just crash and sleep.
i still managed to do the shopping and clean, and cook so it is entirely up to you whether you are prepared to juggle around with it!

if you are not desperate for money then i wouldn't do it
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm not desperate right now but as soon as I need to heat my house I will be. I guess I'll just hope for the best.
post #7 of 8
Now, is it only the training that is 5-11, or is that what you will be working permentantly? And if that is your schedule, how many days? If it's only, say, 3 days a week that's not bad, but 5 days a week will take it's toll. I can only imagine how cold the winters are up there so you gotta do what you gotta do to survive.

Wouldn't it be nice if call centers let us work from our homes?? I mean, it couldn't be that hard to download the programs and everything, right?
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
Now, is it only the training that is 5-11, or is that what you will be working permentantly? And if that is your schedule, how many days? If it's only, say, 3 days a week that's not bad, but 5 days a week will take it's toll. I can only imagine how cold the winters are up there so you gotta do what you gotta do to survive.

Wouldn't it be nice if call centers let us work from our homes?? I mean, it couldn't be that hard to download the programs and everything, right?
Those hours are only for the training, once they start scheduling me it can be anywhere from 0-40+ hours a week. I'm not too worried about getting too many hours because last year they didnt schedule me much, I just picked up extra shifts etc.
Working from home would be so awesome!
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