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04 December 2013 @ 09:23 pm
Advent calendar post - Day 4  
I caught up with my ex-workmate for lunch today; he's on the verge of resigning, he's just that frustrated with everything, so I told him that my new workplace is currently recruiting. However, he's looking at spending six months overseas next year so he doesn't feel right about actually changing jobs at the moment. Never mind, I'll win him over to the dark side sooner or later.

Nothing dark about today though. Beautiful sunshiny weather today. I spent the morning in training, in a room on the 41st floor.

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I'd never get any work done at all if this was my office view. As it was, the trainer had to pull the blinds down because we were getting so distracted, especially when a cute window washer went sailing past.
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Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on December 4th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
That is indeed a magnificent view ;-)

I wouldn't be able to work either. I had a not so bad view from my desk, but I had to close the blinds because of the sun behind the monitor ;-/

(the cataracts didn't help either!).

So, how long are you in training?
miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on December 5th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
Training has consisted of a couple of isolated sessions learning to navigate the systems, plus the online compliance stuff that comes with a job in the finance industry. I think I've done it all, now, so probably won't get to visit that lovely room-with-a-view again.
Merlin Pendragon: Ordimrlnpndrgn on December 5th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
So a couple of days, and you're good to go?

Nice!

At my first job, I had three weeks and I had to go to Quebec city for it since it was given in IBM's office.
At my second job, I think I had to go through 3 months of various technical training sessions (usually by myself, with a video tape).
At the end of it, I was pretty bored!

The disadvantages of technical jobs: it's impossible to know every system/coding language/etc.
:-/
miwahni: Random Computer says nomiwahni on December 6th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
Training's fun, when you have to travel away for it. For my last employer I had to do two weeks in Sydney at the start - being put up in a posh hotel, with room service for dinner - and then again on subsequent training courses. Most recently in 2005 when I had to attend self-employed lending course for four days.

For my new job, though, I was employed because of my credit skills so it's really just a case of learning the system. And I can say it here - their systems are crap! But I shall persevere....

Technical job would be SO much harder, with all the differences between one system and another.
Merlin Pendragon: Computer lovemrlnpndrgn on December 6th, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
Training's fun, when you have to travel away for it. For my last employer I had to do two weeks in Sydney at the start - being put up in a posh hotel, with room service for dinner - and then again on subsequent training courses. Most recently in 2005 when I had to attend self-employed lending course for four days.

Yes, those could be fun :-)

My first one? The guy who hired me wouldn't pay for an hotel : I had to room at one of his ex-employee's house, in the east of Montreal (for the first week; there was a mix-up), and then at my aunt's house for the rest of it. In both cases, that meant getting up before sunrise, taking the bus (and the metro in Mtl) for one hour and a half, having sandwiches for dinner (until the guy at IBM took pity, and paid for my lunches), and another bus/metro ride. I usually got "home" around 7pm.
In February. Which meant I barely saw daylignt for 3 weeks :-(

At least, for the second job, the training was in-house. And I lived 5 minutes from work.

Boring too (no windows), but I could go out for lunch!


Technical job would be SO much harder, with all the differences between one system and another.

Not really harder : I'd rather talk to a computer than a live client!
miwahni: Sherlock Xmas Molly's bagmiwahni on December 6th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
That really sucks, if they're expecting you to travel away from home (outside of a reasonable commute) then they should foot the costs of accommodation and meals. Seriously.

And hey, I'd rather talk to a computer than a person too, every time. I think that's what I'm enjoying most about the new job, no customer interaction. Yay!
Merlin Pendragon: mfu - ns-ik smirkmrlnpndrgn on December 6th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
That really sucks, if they're expecting you to travel away from home (outside of a reasonable commute) then they should foot the costs of accommodation and meals. Seriously.

It was my first job, just out of school. I wasn't even 19 year old at the time, and I didn't know how these things were supposed to go. I know better now.

My grand-mother told my mother I shoudn't be allowed to go so far away alone (it's about 6-7 hour driving from my home at the time to Montreal).
And living with strangers...
And Montreal is a big city (for Quebec, anyway), so it's a den of perdition!

:-)


'd rather talk to a computer than a person too, every time. I think that's what I'm enjoying most about the new job, no customer interaction.

Really? I thought you preferred live interaction.
Good on you though!
rosie55rosie55 on December 4th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, isn't that amazing. And yes,I'd be distracted too, window cleaner included!
miwahni: Pros Doyle Christmasmiwahni on December 5th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
Rather a yummy window cleaner too!
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on December 4th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)

I can see where that would be very distracting. *g*
miwahni: Cats Yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 5th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
I've seen worse views. :D
sunray45: Palm Tree Sunsetsunray45 on December 5th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Aah! Ye Olde Storey Bridge and the muddy Brisbane River. Fantastic view though.

Congrats on the new job. *HUGS*

miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on December 5th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
Exactly right! It's really stirred-up at the moment.

And thanks for the congratulations. *hugs back*