First training day as a courier in training with Mail Call. The training was comprised of shadowing an experienced courier, Pete, and the experience is insane. The training is sink or swim and starts the second you meet up with the experienced pushie. Being a new guy, I think I got some special treatment to see what I’m made of. Everything was a constant blur and keeping up with Pete was a challenge. The physical aspects were not a problem, but I still need to get a better grip on where everything is located. After shadowing Pete, I got a written test that involved locating different places in Sydney and answering questions like: “What floor is the mail room for KPMG at 10 Sussex street?”. Luckily, I got a call from home base offering me to come in on Monday and start as a permanent courier.
On Monday, I began a part time job helping put up Christmas decorations in Westfield Centre’s. The job starts at 5:30 P.M. and goes into the early morning. The night started with unpacking and moving all the boxes of decorations out of a storage room and into a main area in the mall. This included hauling all the decorations to put up a three story artificial Christmas tree. After unpacking, others and I were transitioned to checking strands of Christmas tree lights and removing strands that were broken from the trees they were attached to. Others helped fluff the branches of the artificial Christmas tree before they were attached. After removing the broken strands from about six wall trees, an Aussie and I lucked out and got the duty of moving all the empty boxes back into storage. We did this for the rest of the night, had a great time doing it, and next thing we knew it was time to go home. I got a call today asking me to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at a local Westfield. I signed on for Friday and Saturday and am looking forward to it. My apartment neighbor, Rob, is a promoter for a party organizer and has got me on the guest list for a party after Saturday’s work. Monday, I will sign with Mail Call.