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I got the job!!! Four week training course too need advice

July 5th, 2006, 01:18 PM
All of your good vibes paid of guys thank you so much. :D I just found out two hours ago that I got the job!!!. The one with the brutal interview process. I am so excited...... just making arrangements before I go to Vancouver for 4 weeks. They fly us back home every weekend too - so I can still see my babies and fur baby.

Also now I go through a brutal four week training course - any advice to stay focused and do well in the training - there are open book tests during the course too. I did well on my training for the other call centre but I want to do well on this one too.


July 5th, 2006, 01:24 PM
:party: Let me be the first to say: CONGRATS!

But is the job over in Vancouver? or just the training portion?

Anyhoo, glad you got the job! :party:

July 5th, 2006, 01:27 PM
Thanks Hunter :D

Just the training portion is in Vancouver for four week . Then the actual job is in my home town about a 8 minute drive from my house. :D My parents are in Vancouver so it wont be too bad - and I come home every weekend too. :D

July 5th, 2006, 02:48 PM
Woo hoo!!!:crazy: Congratulations!! What great news for you! Best of luck to you with this.. it sounds like a wonderful opportunity!::highfive:

July 5th, 2006, 03:22 PM
Woohoo!! Congrats!! :highfive:

July 5th, 2006, 07:28 PM
WAY TO GO!!!!!

jesse's mommy
July 5th, 2006, 07:32 PM Woo Hoo! Congrats! That is such wonderful news and only 8 minutes from the house? Even better!!

July 6th, 2006, 09:02 PM

Yeah!! Best of luck on your new job and the training

July 6th, 2006, 10:07 PM
Congratulations JECM - you truly deserve a good job and I hope it turns out to be all that you wish for and need.

A couple of hints to make it through training:

The obvious is to make lots of notes. Bring different pen colours and highlighters. Use lined paper and draw a three inch margin down the right side of each page. Use colour A to make notes on the lecture. Use colour B to make note of any questions or concerns you have in the margin. Use colour C to note in your margin any reference materials either the lecturer suggests you look at or brought up by others. Use the highlighter colour 1 to underscore the main topic or "talking point" in each section of your notes.

Some people learn best by re-writing their notes at night. Some people do best by simply re-reading and highlighting (colour 2) the essentials. And some people do best by cramming. As these course are generally fairly intensive you may also want to skim through yesterday's notes each morning to refresh yourself and focus your thoughts for the day.

You may want to get together with others for group discussions ( over drinkies is okay too!) and study sessions. Their perspective may lead you to think in new ways and by discussing what you have learned in an informal way you will fine tune your ability to articulate your knowledge and point of view.

Do not be afraid or embarassed to ask for anything. If the lecturer uses power point and doesn't provide a copy of the presentation, ask for one - what's the worst she can say? Offer to pay for the copying charge if necessary. If you would feel more comfortable with audio, ask if you can bring in a personal mini recorder.

Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions. If you need the lecturer to rephrase what they are saying because you are "not getting it" or got lost somewhere because she was moving along too quickly say so. Any lecturer worth their salt will welcome the opportunity to find a different way to explain something so that you (and others too shy to speak up) understand. They are learning too ! And if they ask for opinions or ask you to form discussion/ work groups - give yours - even if you aren't confident that it's not half-baked. The lecturer will be grateful that someone is starting off "the jam" no matter what you say (bonus points if you refer to something they said 3 days ago!)

On your classroom breaks - get outside, walk briskly, stretch. It's tempting to sit, have a coffee, read - you need to move the body to keep the mind alive. The same thing when you get home at night - you can study later. If your concentration is waning while reading through the texts/ reference material get up and dance/ be a whirling dervish for a timed 5 minute period. Set a study period and do not go past your bedtime - you need your sleep not only to refresh yourself but also to assimilate all that knowledge. Set a realistic reading goal ( # of chapters etc.) to get through the reference material and stick to it. Do NOT count on "cramming" to get you through. Generally only people with eidetic memory can do this successfully with heavy course material.

Before your test, study the material for the test then explain it OUT LOUD to yourself or to a willing guinea pig (preferably a human one so they can question you when THEY don't understand as this will improve your ability to clearly articulate your thoughts). Do not go hog-wild with the highlighter in your text material. It should mimic the same pattern as your hand written notes using colour 1 and 2.

Apologies for the length of this - yikes !! - I do quite a bit of training and am one of those odd ducks who actually loved school.

Oh - one more thing ...ENJOY!!!!!!!!

July 7th, 2006, 09:14 AM
Thank you so much mumm - I will definately take your advice. I plan to go to Staples and by a whole plethora of things - pens, highliters, paper, binder ruler, everything I can think off. Oh and those little coloured stickies too I definately need those. Getting excited now!!!

July 7th, 2006, 09:35 AM
Congratulatons JECM. I can't really offer you any advice but good luck to you with everything.

July 7th, 2006, 11:37 AM
wooohooo ! Congrats JECM,sounds like you are going shopping for your first day of school ! :crazy: :party: :thumbs up

July 7th, 2006, 01:09 PM
Congrats! BTW, what was the math test like?

July 7th, 2006, 03:03 PM
Thanks everyone - went to walmart today and bought supplies, paper, pens, a new fancy pantsy binder with lots of compartments. Got Joeys vaccinations up to date - checking out a gym near the hotel so I can still workout. Few things left to do but will be ready to go on Friday the 14th. :)


The math test was pretty basic. I used most of the formulas in my old job so I new it pretty well.

Now I just have to concentrate and do well at training.

July 7th, 2006, 03:57 PM
Joeys Mommy,that's great news,I am sure you'll do well,in whatever you have to do:thumbs up

July 7th, 2006, 05:03 PM
Congratulations!!!! I hope you enjoy and I am sure you will do just fine!!! :highfive: