CALL BACK: I found my first job a veritable failure and it was very stressful.
It took months to land a job in my chosen field after graduation, and I was excited to start my career.
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I am a 22 year old woman and the first in my family to go to college.
But my job is not what I imagined. My contract stipulates that I have to work from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., but I stay there until at least 6:30 p.m. every day.
My workload is so much that I fall behind a lot. Sometimes I have to be alone in an empty office until everything is done.
All issues receive a personal response, usually within 24 hours on weekdays.
Most people in the company work overtime for free, but no one complains.
Yesterday I burst into tears because I felt I couldn’t cope.
DEIDRE SAYS: Starting a job can be a culture shock. Maybe you need to accept that you will be there until 6:30, just like everyone else.
However, if you can’t get things done and stay up late, maybe you should discuss your workload with your boss.
For advice on workplace rights, contact Acas National, (acas.org.uk, helpline 0300 123 1100).
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