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Shaping my job to suit me

I think I mentioned before that the graphic designer at work had left one day before I started my job. So since I’ve started, I’ve taken over the graphic design role as well as my actual job. In the next few weeks we’re going to be starting the hiring process to get someone into that design position.

My boss asked me how I feel about giving up the design/web aspect of my job, and whether I wanted to slide into the new position, and we would hire for my job instead. She said she feels completely comfortable with me in either role, since I’ve been doing both jobs for the past 2 months.

It’s interesting because while I like graphic design, I’m admittedly not that great at it. I have a good eye for layout and composition which is more suited to desktop publishing. Everybody has liked my work so far, so I do feel confident that I could continue as the company’s designer, but it’s such a specialized position and I don’t think I want that. I’ve always leaned towards marketing/communication positions because they offer more room for growth and movement. There are more advancement opportunities on the business side. And while designers can move into art directing positions, there aren’t as many opportunities to do that. You can really just move around as a designer.

We also spoke about the new job opening encompassing the social media aspect of the job, and that’s one area where I definitely want to have in my job portfolio (obviously!). My boss said that she’s open to me taking that task away from the vacant job position. And if I had that as part of my job description, I think I would feel better about giving up the design aspect of my job. Not that I’d have time for it anyway!

So my boss told me to take a few days to think about what I want, and that she is flexible with moving around duties and shaping my job to better suit what I love the most.

And that is why this is the greatest job ever.

Applied for my first PT job

I applied for my first part-time job. As a cashier at a local grocery store. It doesn’t pay very well (I think the starting wage is $9/hour?), but  it will be a good way to meet new people and earn a bit of extra cash.

My goal is to work between 5-15 hours/week. Definitely no more than 15 hours consistently – I could work around 20 on occasion, but that’s my absolute maximum. And it’s quite hard to find a job that is flexible enough for me to somewhat make my own schedule. So I figured a big chain grocery store or even a big department store (or box store) would work out for me. In high school I worked for a big department store for a few years, and I could pretty much set my own schedule. But I think that might be a rare situation.

I’m also thinking of maybe working at GM Place or something like that for hockey games or events, because I have a ridiculous amount of experience in that area. But working downtown does not appeal to me. It’s just too far away from home, especially for late night shifts.

So we’ll see! I’m going to keep looking at local places and hopefully apply for a few more jobs this week.

P.S. I’m still looking into the option of working in a weight room, but there don’t appear to be any certification classes anytime soon and I don’t have any weekends free for the next few months to take the CPR course again anyway.

Pay day & benefits breakdown

Today is pay day (and Friday – woo hoo!). My net pay is only $60 less than my previous job and I’m getting more vacation days and full 100% coverage health benefits for the both of us. PLUS, previous to this job, BF and I were paying $114/month combined for MSP (since we didn’t have a health plan), and that is now covered. So really, I’m making more than what I was at my old job, even though salary-wise I’m making a tiny bit less ($1k difference annually).

After my car payment and setting some aside for regular living expenses, here is what I was able to save today:

  • $300 Retirement Portfolio ($250 RRSPs, $50 TFSA)
  • $50 Emergency Fund
  • $100 Savings Fund
  • $75 Property Fund (BF also contributed $75)
  • $50 Travel Fund
  • $25 Car Fund

That’s $600 I was able to save, for a total of 43.5% of my net income.

I’ve had some people curious about my health & benefits package. I’ve already started coverage – there is no waiting period. There is also a $1 million lifetime maximum under the plan – so in other words I can’t exceed $1 million worth of benefits. It’s a 100% full coverage package, which includes extended medical, dental, short/long term disability, and life (2x annual salary). The cost of this package for BF and I (which also includes our MSP payments of $57/month each  = $114/month) is $23.54 bi-weekly. This means all of our prescription drugs are 100% covered, doctor & dentist visits, emergency medical, as well as specialist visits (up to $500 annually for each) like chiropractor, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc. We also have a Health Spending Account (HSA) of $250 annually that we can use if we go over the $500 annually for specialist visits, or if we go over for custom orthotics or vision (which neither of us need). This is one of the best health & benefits package I have ever seen.

Anyway, I’m closing in on my 4th week on the job. I can’t believe how fast time is flying by! My old job still hasn’t found a replacement for me (they probably never will with the ridiculously strange qualifications they’re after), and it really feels like just a few days ago I was still unemployed and depressed. It’s good. I’m excited for what’s to come.