My name is Stephanie. I am not the type of person to share about myself or voice my opinion (unless of course I know you and then you can’t stop me), so blogging is something new to me. I am a pretty down to earth kind of person who doesn’t need much in life. I enjoy consistency, knowing exactly what my day is going to be like, where I’m going and what I’m doing. I’m happy when I have a plan. Not to say I don’t enjoy doing something spontaneous, getting out in the world, meeting new people or doing new things, but I am happy to stay home, work in my garden and play with my kids. I like living in, what I call, my “bubble”.
I’ve had so many secretary (and no, I don’t find that word derogatory) jobs in my life but they were all temporary. I had no consistency in my work life, no job that I could call my “career”. Then I started, what I called, my favorite job of all time. I was a Ward Clerk (secretary) on the surgical floor in our local hospital for 9 years and truly loved my job! I could do my job with my eyes closed even though the floor I worked on is one of the busiest and most challenging floors in our hospital. It was nice to have just one job that I did exceptionally well (or so I was told).
Then one day life decided that I needed a change.
I started working as a secretary for Plan A Health Care Staffing. I knew a lot (or so I thought) about the business because it was my best friend’s “baby” and I had been around the Plan A Vision since it was born. The difference between being around a company and working for it is very different. For me, after being in the same job for 9 years, going to work and knowing exactly what to do, was comforting; having to learn the ins and outs of a new job, however, was frustrating. Ever-evolving policies and procedures, client care, interviewing, hiring and dealing with staff, making sure our files were up to date, organizing orientation, taking care of bills and making sure the office ran smoothly…there was so much to learn!
After 2 years, I am happy to say I can again do my job with my eyes closed and I can talk about Plan A with confidence! Working at the hospital gave me first-hand knowledge of what happens when not enough staff is there to take care of a patient and the same goes for Long Term Care residents. I love the Vision we bring to our community; helping our elderly receive the care they deserve in their homes makes the change and challenges of learning a new job worth it. There is nothing more satisfying than watching our shifts disappear because the staff that we hired understand our vision and want to make a difference in the lives of our elderly too. This is a “career” that makes me feel that I am making a difference in the world even if it’s just a small one.
Well guess what…. the girl who loves consistency is changing it up again!!
I was asked to take on the role as the Franchise Coordinator for Plan A Long Term Staffing and Recruitment Inc. Again, I am going to have to learn a new job and a different type of position, too. I’m now going to be in charge of, technically, a new business. I have to be more than the secretary, I have to be in charge of every aspect of starting a new business. Learning how to run a Franchise from the ground up without policies to rely on (I’m big on policies) is difficult but I am pushing myself “outside of my box” and learning as I go. I am so lucky that I get to work with my best friend who is now also my mentor. With her guidance, knowledge and business background and my administrative skills and an affinity to following the rules, I am confident that this new venture will be challenging and rewarding. I have finally found my new favourite “career”!