I work full time 3pm-11pm at a mental health facility. I work alone for the most part. I'm the only staff person in the building during my shift. I go home at 11pm, watch tv or play on my computer. I talk to my husband if he's still awake, then I go to bed between 2am-4am. I wake up around noon, get my daily stuff done and then start all over again. I hate it, but I am so thankful to have a job in this economy.

Don't get me wrong, there are benefits to this schedule. I'm a bit of a night owl for one, so I get to stay up late. I get to sleep late which I love, but it sucks when I have an early appointment or something. I can get things done at times when the majority of the world is at work. The disadvantages are harder to deal with though. I have become isolated. I used to go to church, and participate in bible studies. I used to do community theatre, sing in a choir, participate in a medieval reenactment group, but with this schedule I can no longer do any of this. I wish there were activities for people who work these hours, but there are few. I also would love to go to graduate school. The programs I can get into, only offer night classes or don't allow you to work full time. I have no choice.

If I was offered a 1st shift job, I would take it in a heartbeat...but it doesn't look like that's happening anytime soon...:(
kaiafa kaiafa
31-35, F
Sep 23, 2012