Just completed the first day of my new job and I love it. I love the relax feel of the place and the fact that I completely understand my job, minus all the stuff about boats. But the guys tell me it’s easy and I’ll pick it up fast.
I started my day with the commute to the city. I have never had to do this before for a job, so it was a novelty. Singing my heart out while sitting in some light traffic. A young guy in a suit and tie drove past, saw me singing and grinned. Hah. I hope his commute was as half as enjoyable as mine. It only took 30 minutes, which is seriously not bad. I can see it would get old fairly quickly, but that’s life. I’m sure I’ll miss the easy commute after moving to England and doing a huge trip into London.
Once there I met everyone all over again (met them at the interview as well). By everyone I mean the four guys in charge of the boat yard. Once they were informed I was the new person in charge of the payroll, they each became my best buddy. Hah.
I was shown my desk, the one with the best view of the ocean, Mt Rangitoto and the yachts (woohoo!!) and was given a brief outline of my duties. I’m basically employed as an onsite accountant more than a receptionist. The phone barely rings, thank god. Although it could get busier, I’ve only been there a day!
The boss vanished for most of the day. So I got to sorting his bank reconciliation, debtors and creditors, with the occasional interruption from one of the guys or from a person wanting to launch or haul (go the nautical terms!!) their boat.
At one point in the mid afternoon I was stuck with an invoice that didn’t correspond to ANYTHING and still an absent boss who couldn’t answer my question, so I ventured out into the yard to see what the guys actually do. A couple were sitting on a tractor having a chat and another two were water blasting and scraping a boat. I talked to them for a bit about it all and then watched the kids out in the ocean sailing backwards and forwards. One of the guys said to me, “there’s always something happening down here, it never gets boring”. Which I thought was sweet, because he hit the nail right on the head – I’d got bored with a stupid invoice.
While watching the kids sailing I said to one of the guys that I wish I’d learnt to sail as a kid, to which he said he’d teach me. He has his own small boat and would take me out and teach me the ropes (he didn’t use the pun. Hah). Awesome!! I love learning new skills.
I was also informed that we get two weeks off over Christmas! Yay! I thought I would be working all Christmas in some shitty retail job and not get to spend much time camping on my friends farm. But turns out I can spend lots of time up there! I am absolutely thrilled! A few of my friends were planning to be there from Dec 28th – Jan 3rd 2009. So now I think I may join them!
So although my first day had a pain-in-the-ass invoice, it was a great day. The guys are lovely, the spot is magnificently beautiful, I already have some sailing lessons lined up and I get two weeks of holiday!! Here’s hoping the rest of the week is as good!