UC: “Welcome to the zoo.”
So I guess this is it. I don’t even know what to say, aside from I can’t believe it’s happening! To be honest, it still hasn’t really hit home yet.
I got the call from my Unit Chief (UC) and my official start date with BCAS. I was very tentative with this call because I will be out of the country for two weeks very soon for family things and also with schooling starting soon I wasn’t sure how she’ll take it. However, the UC sounded very easy-going and nice on the phone and was extremely accommodating. She said we’ll work things out, but lets get you started and through the door first. She briefly described the whole process with the 8hr orientation, area orientation and driving orientation. Sounds like a lot to learn and a huge learning curve. However, all of that will be broken down into smaller increments, so it’ll be easier for me to digest.
As for me starting the PCP program in January. She said I don’t get a leave of absence, that that’s only for PCP upgrading to ACP. I will have to check that, as I swear I’ve read somewhere during my jurisprudence exam readings that I do. Anyways she said I won’t get more than 3-4 shifts a month even though I have to submit at least 8 shifts a month to stay as an employee. She’ll also make sure I get the weekend shifts….so I’ll have to see how that goes. I think it’s the commute that’ll kill me on the weekends along with the studying, unless I get no calls, then I can study at the station.
Anyways enough of me blabbing useless and boring information to you, I’ll let you know how my orientation goes in the coming week.