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So...here I am...

facing another long overdue update. Surprisingly enough, I have things to update on! ;)

First, I quit my call center job!! *much rejoicing* That in itself is much relief. May 3rd was my last day. When I first put in my notice, I didn't have a confirmed job yet. Yeah, I know, not the smartest move on my part in theory. I had, however, talked to a placement agency, and my contact was certain they could place me with no problems. It would have been administrative positions located downtown - a *much* closer commute for me, and easily attained by bus. So, given that encouragement and burst of confidence that I *could* re-enter the administrative work force - I quit.
I have not been placed through that service of yet - but rest assured, I *am* working! I started my new job last Friday. I am a legal transcriptionist :D Or, at least, once I'm trained, I will be. Its a pay cut from what I was making before to begin with - a $2 cut, which is difficult. However, the office is just over the bridge from me. I don't even have to go as far as downtown. Right now I'm proofreading, but I think they'll move me to editing (where I transcribe) real quick. He brought me on because of my schooling for court reporting - even though I don't do that, he liked that I have an understanding of the process they go through. So, I listen to the audio back ups and transcribe from that. When I become proficient, I'll be moved to a per page rate - which has the potential to make as much or more than I was at the call center.
The hours are pretty flexible, so I think I can get the time I need for Jae's speech therapy. Thursday evenings are the classes, and Friday mornings are the sessions. I'll ask about it, but I don't see an issue with it - so long as I get my 8 hours in and do my job.
On Friday when I went in, I did some tutorials for the software they use. On the newer software, it was pretty helpful, but there wasn't really much on the older software other than a pamphlet with some commands. I only worked about 4 hours, because the lady I'm working with left about 3 pm. I was done with the tutorials about 2:30 pm so she said I could go.
I was supposed to be in at 10 am this morning. I was there early, even with stopping for coffee at a coffee shop. Its nice to have the time in the morning to do things after getting the kids off to school. I might start going in a little earlier - maybe 9 am or so. If I'm off at 5 or even 5:30, I can go get the kids from daycare. I was going to today, but mom was already there :)
It took me 20 minutes to get home today - traffic and all. Merging onto the Ballard bridge is a bitch from Magnolia side, but compared to what I was doing before, it was a dream! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!!!

I think that I'm going to really like this new job, and I deserve it.


( 5 comments — Drop A Feather )
May. 8th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
I also have left the hellish nightmare that is WDSGlobal. I left back in February. I'd had enough, way burned out. (see my February LJ enties) I spent about 4 days looking for work before I landed a great job at Costco Travel. I also took a $2/hr pay cut but the Costco pay scale is pretty good so I'll make it up and then some in a couple of years.
The people I talk to on the phone are SO MUCH NICER. It is a totally different class of customer. It's "I want to go to Hawaii. I want to lay on the beach." vs "My {bleep} {bleeping} {Bleep Bleep} phone doesn't {bleeping} work. Fix it right {Bleeping} now".

So yeah moneys tight but I'm much less insane. I don't like getting up at 6:30 am but that will be changing at the end of May.

Anyway, good to hear that you got out with your sanity mostly intact. Keep in touch.
May. 8th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
hahaha...yeah, I noticed you weren't in the directory when I went to send you contact information.
I'm glad you found something you like. As for me, I was bound and determined to leave call centers all together - and I'm determined *not* to go back. *shudder*
I did leave WDS on decent terms though, just in case I guess. Not that I'll ever go back. Blech.
May. 8th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
(pumps fist) Awesome!

The way gas prices are going, I'm sure a shorter commute will offset the change in wage (not completely, but puts a nice dent in it).

May. 8th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, and a dent is all I need, really. If gas can last me even 2 days more longer than it did before - I'm golden. I can still afford my car payment (I hope). Yes, its gonna be tight, but at least there's potential there.
Also, the hours are pretty flexible, so that's a nice draw. I should be able to pick up the kids from daycare - at least some of the time. All of this means that the paycut, though not as nice monetarily, was definately worth it.
And my sanity is intact! LOL
May. 8th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
We're parents, we need all the sanity we can get! lol
( 5 comments — Drop A Feather )

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