I'm new to this forum and this is my first post. Thanks first off for allowing me the chance to ask advice and gather info from everyone.
Ill try to dive in and out of my problem as quickly as I can.
I recently changed careers and became a chef. It was something which I have great interest in and also a career which allowed for entry in my late 20's with no experience.
5 months down the line and it is tough. It's difficult to know if I'm kidding myself when I say I enjoy it overall or not. I love parts and strongly struggle and dislike parts of it. My main problem and area is love to gather info on though is hours and annual leave.
The kitchen employs 9 chefs and one part time pastry chef but due to people leaving there is often 7 or 8 employed. My contract is 45 hours, I often do 60-70 and have done as much as 90 over 7 days never with overtime or TOIL. Is this standard?
I also request holidays as annual leave for 1 or 2 days via the form, have it passed and when the rota goes up it ends up being given to me as my weekly days off. Sometimes it can be amended but often not. Is this considered normal?
Speaking of the rota it is often completed on the Saturday if lucky but normally the Sunday before commencing on the Monday.
I'd love to know if this is normal too please.
If so then I can't keep committing to a life like it. It is too difficult and these factors have a huge impact on my relationship with my partner.
Another point is if I work a breakfast or early I should finish at 3 but I have to often stay late and in 5 months have never left on time and it is made socially awkward to attempt to.
I also feel pressure on rare occasions to pick up shifts or work extra shifts, again for no reward to cover illness or unexpected short staffing.
I am doing ok and I definitely am well thought of and praised and feel appreciated but I don't understand how all the above could seriously be common?
I really am desperate for as much feedback as possible please.
I think my worries of leaving are mostly guilt but also what else I could do in life at 29 starting from nowhere.
Thank you very much