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AIBU to ask how hard a job as a very part time estate agent can be?

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PeppermintDrop · 06/09/2022 09:00

Because I'm on the brink of turning down a very much needed job due to nerves and a lack of confidence!

I work for myself but need a little extra money right now as do a lot of us, so this seemed ideal.

It's only 8 hours a week, just as a sales negotiator and showing people round houses etc etc

Problem is, I suffer with anxiety sometimes and I've got myself in a tizz. I'm not great with computers and I'm terrified I won't be able to do any of it - from turning on the computer to actually using it!

Showing people round houses is something I would be comfortable with - having to update something online ... what happens if I can't do this and they think I'm an idiot?

I'm about to turn it down because I don't want to make a fool of myself but a small part of me is telling me to try and overcome these nerves


OP posts:

mamabear715 · 06/09/2022 11:46

Having a bad day, @nutellachurro ? Don't take it out on everyone else.
@PeppermintDrop Take it as it comes, don't try & visualise everything that you COULD do wrong! I'm very excited for you, you'll be great!


GimmeSleep · 06/09/2022 11:58

I have to train new starters when they join my team - I love it when they make notes OP 😊


Namechangeforthis88 · 06/09/2022 12:03

Taking notes is the mark of a diligent employee at all levels.


titchy · 06/09/2022 12:04

I was replying to someone stating word isn't a basic processor, with the fact that 5 year olds can use it, so yes, it's pretty basic.

That was me. Word isn't a basic WP. It can be used in a basic way - that's not the same thing - it doesn't mean it's basic. Wordpad, notebook - they're basic. Word has lots of very advanced functions - therefore it's not basic.


PeppermintDrop · 06/09/2022 12:26

@mamabear715 that's a good point, I'm totally focussed on all the things I could potentially get wrong and not thinking about the stuff they could potentially go fine!

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charabang · 06/09/2022 12:26

What a super Saturday job! Please don't pass up the chance through being worried about lack of IT skills. I watched a Tiktok this morning of Sandra Bullock saying how the fear of turning up to each new job never leaves her, but that it was a good thing. Take your notebook, scribble down as much as you need and I'm sure you'll fly.


EssexCat · 06/09/2022 12:34

nutellachurro · 06/09/2022 11:03

Oooh we have someone else who can't read

Got a good collection on this thread

I was replying to someone stating word isn't a basic processor, with the fact that 5 year olds can use it, so yes, it's pretty basic.

Once again, read comments before replying in future - will make you look less silly

Can they? I work with 5 year olds and they very definitely cannot use word.

Anyway, back to the OP, you’ll be fine! Just take notes, ask for things to be explained again if necessary and GOOD LUCK.


CormoranStrike · 06/09/2022 12:58

@PeppermintDrop you sound like a great colleague - friendly, successful, keen to learn and definitely not a know it all.

when I train new starters I love those who come with a notebook ready to learn.


BotterMon · 06/09/2022 13:27

You sound lovely and I'm sure you'll be brilliant at the job. Good luck!


Herejustforthisone · 06/09/2022 14:54

@nutellachurro you’re making yourself look an absolute chump by trying to be witty to those calling out your shitty comments to the OP.


Ponderingwindow · 06/09/2022 15:06

I’m going to give you the secret to computers

you can google how to do anything.

If you call the help desk and they don’t know the answer, they just look it up online. When a programmer doesn’t know how to do something or doesn’t know the exact syntax, they look it up. When the office excel wizard wants to know how to make a really fancy graph, again, Google.

i had to learn all of this when this wasn’t possible. If we were lucky, we had access to manuals that took up several feet of shelf space and we still figured it out. You will be absolutely fine.


Ponderingwindow · 06/09/2022 15:11

Definitely take notes.
i am a senior employee and I keep cheat sheets when learning tasks. People then come and ask me for help and I am able to give them my notes along with a lesson.


shinynewapple22 · 06/09/2022 18:49

Go for it OP! That sounds a lovely job . Something I think I would enjoy myself......


IhateJan22 · 06/09/2022 18:58

I did this for a short time before Covid hit, one day a week. It was easy and they showed me everything I needed to be doing. They would of continued to train me had I returned but I chose to stick with my current job.


Allthegoodnamesarechosen · 06/09/2022 19:10

nutellachurro · 06/09/2022 10:00

5 year olds can use word...

Has something unpleasant happened to you recently, Nutell?. Because you have been on a lot of threads in the past few days, always insulting or trying to hurt someone.
Perhaps you should try starting a thread and seeing if anyone could offer you some useful advice.,if it’s just malice, though…..


Tellmewhatyoureallythink · 06/09/2022 19:32

nutellachurro · 06/09/2022 10:24

Maybe you don't understand, it's fine some don't

But this is an ONLINE FORUM

Where people can post if they like

You as the original poster don't get to decide who and when people post

Maybe that's something you can pop in a notebook for next time

Please stop with this now. It isn’t smart or clever and it’s not helping the OP. It’s just making you look like a dick.

OP, you can do this. I’ve always appreciated people with a can-do attitude that I can train up than some smart-mouthed smart aleck know it all who often doesn’t actually know quite as much as they think they do.


TheNoodlesIncident · 06/09/2022 19:34

What I would advise though, is getting that notebook you mentioned, and making notes in it after each viewing, as you'll be surprised how quickly the people and houses blur into one! Just a couple of lines in the car after each one. Something like: 10am, 4 Crawley Gardens, Mr and Mrs Smith, loved the garden, concern re 3rd bedroom size. That way when your boss says "what did the Smiths think?" or "how did it go at 4 Crawley?" youve got the info to hand.

This is really very good useful advice. I did similar in a job I had, and it wasn't just a help to me but also to my colleagues. Often they'd lose details like phone numbers or the like, but it was helpfully down on my notepad for anyone to see. I made mine into columns and dated each section so we could see when somebody had called, or if they'd called on Thursday 7th you just looked at the entries on that date. It seems so obvious but it hadn't been done in an organised way before.

Plus if you are a visual learner, it helps to see stuff written down where you can refer back as often as you need to.

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