New job!

I am very excited to say I’ve just started a new job. I’m working as a medical receptionist at a chiropractor and allied health practice (I’m mostly at their smaller, second clinic which is just chiro, but will occasionally be at the bigger allied health rooms). This is the first time in my life I have a job where I walk in, do the job, walk out, taking nothing home with me. I’m very pleased about that aspect of the job.

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I’m doing a 16 hour week for the moment, because I still want to be around when the Barbarians are home from school. Even though they are old enough to not need an adult at home, the Hub and I feel it’s important for me to still be there. The high school years can be quite tumultuous.

I’m still running my Query Tuner business as well, plus I do other editing work here and there, but as that work is from home and I can fit it in around everything else.

I feel like I’m being paid to do work I’ve been doing as a volunteer for a very long time. It is a little strange to not be using any of my professional qualifications – but that’s why I am able to leave work at work which is a really nice change.

The practice is a family business and the people are lovely, plus there is flexibility to increase my hours if I want to.

Have you ever taken a job that is very different to anything you’ve done before?

22 comments on “New job!

  1. Giggling Fattie

    July 8, 2021 at 12:11 am

    OOOO congratulations on the new job! I feel like every time I change jobs I have a new thing going on. Even though it’s like in the same field, it’s totally different. I really hope that you love it and it brings you joy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congratulations! It actually sounds wonderful.

  3. Congratulations! Itโ€™s been a long time since I worked a job that I could leave at the job. And now I no longer work but I like the idea of this very much.


    • I am tired of spending all my time working out of the office, so while I had job offers for positions that were on my professional side of the fence that paid more, this position was just too appealing.

  4. Congrats on your new job, AJ. How rewarding to have employment in a field that you enjoy and can work around your family needs. Your question made me smile as I shifted jobs/careers multiple times over the years and each involved something I had never done before.

    • I’ve changed jobs many times, but usually within one of my professional areas. Mind you, this isn’t far removed from a lot of the volunteering I’ve done.

  5. I’d thought you were in the environmental business, teaching actually.

    I was just leaving that business back in 07, when it collapsed here, along with the popping of the housing bubble. I had just sold a couple of inventions and when a boat I built beat a company rep from a big kayak company, he bought that boat.

    That started me exploiting my hobby for fun and profit.

    Last year I pumped out five sets of plans for cheap boats and I think I will retire; I’m tired and seem to have run out of ideas.

    Time to work harder on my writing, there’s still hope for me.

    Congrats on your new job.

    • Spot on, BF. I was lecturing in environmental science, but the educational institution I worked for doesn’t treat its staff very well (high turnover). I hung in longer than many, but finally hit the last straw. I was offered two other positions in a similar vein, but opted for a break ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m not sure that working harder on your writing is retirement. Seems like it’s shifting one hobby-career for another.

  6. Congratulations Anita! xxxxxxxx

  7. Sounds like a great job for you. Congrats.

  8. Congratulations! Sounds like a great fit, and great hours. I work 20 hours a week and highly recommend the part-time lifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes for your transition!

  9. Congrats on your new job! I hope you’ll have nice encounters with patients, and you’ll probably make a difference in theri experience just by being nice and understanding.
    The job I’ve been doing for almost ten years (for hubby’s IT business) is far away from my original career in corporate human resources, but as you are saying, flexibility and quality of life are an important factor.

    • Exactly, Tamara. And your job fits in with your lifestyle (or should I say, the hockey-playing lifestyle of your son *wink*).

  10. Congrats on your new job, AJ! Sounds perfect for you.

    I think there are three aspects to a job which are important: work satisfaction, salary, and people ( or environment). If you have two out of three you’ll probably like the job.

    Barb (from JR’s blog)

    • Thank you! That’s a really good point, Barb. And I will definitely have 2 of the 3, and I might even find 3 of 3. Fingers crossed.

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