Starting a full-time job has been a funny experience.

The first couple of days left me feeling somewhat stunned.

The commute to work is not exactly relaxing. The train gets so full you have those white-gloved station staff pushing you on. Wedged in by salary men, nose pressed up against the glass.

I’ve sorted out my timing now though. The trains arrive every 2 ~ 3 minutes, and some are a lot less crowded than others.

It’s also felt funny being paid to be in a certain place for 9 hours. Due to having done the job before, my initial training didn’t take all that long, and I didn’t have much else to do (things get busy from the end of the month).

So I decided to tidy the office up. Moving desks to re-route wiring, finding old bits of office furniture to help arrange documents, going through shelves of old telephones and computer parts to put them in some kind of order.

Having seen me do this, on the third day I was asked by my manager if I would like to tidy up their lesson-management system, which currently takes the form of bits of paper, disjointed databases and whiteboards. I was asked to create a new database.

I told them that I have never created a database before, and I have no knowledge of Access or SQL, but they have been very generous and told me to take all the time I need to learn these things. They’ve offered to buy me textbooks should I need them. I’ve also been allowed to use my own Macbook to build the database – I think doing it all in Japanese would add unnecessary confusion.

I’ve now installed Windows and Office, and having created all my tables am now learning about creating queries.

I’m really enjoying this challenge. I’ve long wanted to be able to build databases, but haven’t had the time or motivation. Here, in between teaching English over the phone and marking reports I’m being paid to learn – great stuff!

Anyway, best be off, lunch is nearly over.

tattaa

p.s. lots of other stuff going on too but no time to talk about it!