mardi, juillet 26, 2011

back to the grindstone

I got a call on Friday from the DRH from where I used to work in Caen offering me a 1 month contract locally for the month of August.

I jumped at the chance - not only does it look good for the unemployment office to see that I am "actively seeking work" but it might be my foot in the door working for them in the future.

I start August 2nd.

And am totally nervous.

See the thing is that I've never worked in a 100% French environment, all my jobs here up until now have been to utilize the fact that I speak English and therefore there is a certain leeway when it comes to language stumbles etc. It will still be an asset that I speak English given that there are English customers and tourists around but it will not be the focus of the position. And it is a customer service position so I'm going to be face to face with (French) customers all day long.

I am totally looking forward to the fact that I'll have an 18km commute each way instead of 118km commute each way!

The good thing is that if it all goes well it gets my foot in the door and if it really is not my cup of tea then it is only a month (and with decent pay, no SMIC this time!)

5 commentaires:

meredith a dit…

That sounds like a great opportunity. And I think it feels good to be wanted because of the "total you", not just because you speak English. But...how is education ever going to attract qualified, motivated teachers when the pay is so bad?

MilkJam a dit…

Seriously! It's something I've never understood...

but the job isn't teaching English (clue in the picture - don't want details to pop up on Google) :)

Emmy a dit…

haha - at first glance it looks like you're going to work in a prison!

honestly, I've fought this demon where I work but they never would have phoned you if they didn't think you were up to it.

Nervous ok, but trust me, you'll gain so much confidence by the experience.

I'm excited for you, and good luck!

MilkJam a dit…

LOL not a prison!! thanks for the words of encouragement! :) makes me feel better!

Megan a dit…

good luck! I'm sure it will be fine. And don't worry about french mistakes, if anything, they'll love to correct you.