Hey there, how was your weekend? Mine was a busy one and quite a different one actually, full of challenges and a big change: I started a part-time job! To say I am happy about this is an understatement, since the last six months have been REALLY different for me. Besides quitting my full-time job, moving to a new country and becoming a student again, I wasn’t able to start working right away in Australia due to the Visa I was granted last year. The lack of an income stream is something that I certainly wasn’t used to…when you’re used to having your own money, it’s just plain hard not having it! I’ve had a job (sometimes even two or three jobs at once) ever since I was 14 years old, so I’m simply not used to not-working. I love having my own money and financial freedom, and I genuinely enjoy working, so not even having the option to work was extremely challenging.
Anyway, my student visa was FINALLY approved, so after many tears and a lot of stress (is it just me, or are money problems the worst cause of stress ever? Please tell me I’m not alone!), I applied for a few jobs, was hired, and began over the weekend. I’m working at a Café/Gelato shop right on the ocean, about five minutes from our condo. I’m so excited to be in a bright and happy environment serving gelato and coffee, two of my most favorite things!
On the downside, while I was very excited to be hired, I was also VERY nervous. So nervous in fact, that all weekend I was referring to my favorite quote to help get me through my shifts:
Given that I’ve had many different jobs in all sorts of different industries, I whole-heartedly believe it doesn’t matter what the job description is, who you are, or how old you are; being the new girl is really scary. And being the new girl in a foreign country? It’s even scarier. I was worried about wearing the right thing, saying the right thing, doing the right thing, understanding customers… my list goes on and on.
So after two shifts in, I’m focusing on the positive. I did it, I’m doing it, and I won’t be new forever. After all, I’ve had my share of “new things” this year:
-I was the new girl at school (Uni), and I survived.
-I was the new girl at boot-camp and the gym, and I survived (and made some great friends, too!)
-And now I’m the new girl at work, but I know I’ll survive.
I’m confident all of the challenges I’ve faced this year are going to change me for the better.
So tell me, have you ever been “the new girl?” How do you cope with your nerves?
If you’re a student, do you have any tips for balancing school and work?