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The first few days on the job

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The days leading up to my first day at the new job were full of anxiety. Sure, I was excited to be starting, but at the same time I’ve been putting an incredible amount of pressure on myself. I want to do well at my job, and I want to succeed. I want to save money, and retire comfortably. I want to travel, and live stress-free with that special someone. Turning 32 later this year has really scared me. I’m nowhere near where I thought I would be at this age, and while I know that the chances of settling down and retiring somewhat comfortable are pretty good, I still can’t help but stress out about where my career will be in 5 years, if my retirement accounts will be where I want them to be, and how I’ll know when I’m ready to do all the adult things all my friends seem to be up to.

I think we’ve all felt like this at some point before. It’s normal. And when I get those feelings, I just need to take a step back and evaluate all the positives I have in my life. It’s so easy to get caught up in what we don’t have, or what we want to have… instead of what we do have. :)

As for the first few days at the job? Well they’ve been great so far. It’s weird to be working within a marketing team – I’ve been so used to working by myself over the last few years, and I missed this team atmosphere we have going on. I imagine the next few weeks will be filled with trying to remember the names of people around the office, getting comfortable with the different tasks I’m given, and figuring out how I can best contribute based on my skill set.

I was unemployed just long enough to receive one EI payment, and that actually happened yesterday. So that means I went 40 days between when I lost my job, and when I got my first payment. I was worried it would take a lot longer than that – the first time I applied for EI it took 11 weeks! The $408 I received isn’t a lot, but it’s definitely welcomed. And I’m actually pretty pleased that I got through my entire unemployment without having to touch my Emergency Fund! Granted, I likely won’t get paid until mid-April, so there’s still a chance I might have to use that cash if I can’t make up the difference with my freelancing.

Speaking of freelancing, I’ve had a pretty good few days. I received a $750 payment, and have billed out for an additional $1,450 just this week. I likely won’t receive those payments by the end of March, but at least it’s putting me on the right track for a decent April. :)

Anyway, that’s the update in my world!

About Krystal Yee

I'm a writer, personal finance blogger, and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I'm a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner's Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I'm not working, you can usually find me running, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.

2 comments

  1. So great to hear about your new job! I haven’t forgotten about your blog at all. I have been checking frequently for updates :) Jobs and anxiety….. I can kind of relate. For me, I find that I perform much better when I remember to be myself and be willing to learn.

    After reading about your unemployment a few weeks ago, I have been thinking a lot. It really is so easy for anyone to become unemployed. It can be downsizing, illness, company going through bankruptcy etc. My mom is in accounting and her manager has been asking her if she is interested in some projects that she can work on at home (almost like freelancing). At first, my mom wasn’t that interested, but I convinced her to bring some home so that she could teach me. It is a completely new skill for me, but it is not impossible to learn. I just think that it is good to learn a new skill and possibly pick up these projects for my mom. If it wasn’t because of your blog, I don’t think I would have thought much about learning a new skill or to think of ways to earn extra income. Thanks :)

  2. oops, just in case you were wondering. I posted as ‘kruggle’ previously :)

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