So, Monday morning is the day I go live in my job role. All of this week has been easing me into my responsibilities, ready for next week.
I have been receiving orders from our online shop and sending them out all over the world. We had an order all the way from California and it got me dreaming of beaches and sun.
I have paid invoices for items ranging from Coca Cola cans for vending machines to Oriental art pieces for our shop at the Oriental Museum and cleaning products for our outlets.
I have also been on a course, outlining the financial system that the university uses.
I have sent merchandise to other university departments and journaling the exchanges.
I have responded to what seems like hundreds of e-mails (probably only 30).
And today I had one of the strangest jobs I’ve been given. I went along with one of the Event Durham Dynamic Diamonds (who organise all of the charity events within the office) and collected a huge bag of ice from Grey College. This wasn’t to make our drinks cool on a warm day, it was for the ice bucket challenge to be done by George (from Event Durham), Phil and Phil (both from the Catering Team) raising money for The Dogs Trust (one of my personal favourites).
To say that this job is varied is an understatement and I absolutely love it. Being involved in so many areas is exactly what makes this job exciting and engaging. I am not getting bored with any repetitive processes or bogged down in mind-numbing tasks. It is a challenge balancing everything, but it would not be fun if it was easy. Time management and prioritisation are key skills required for this role and I am getting a crash course. It’s a good job I have a time management course booked for November!