Monday, March 1, 2010
Lessons Learned while training to be a Census worker
Here are some of my thoughts about the four days I spent last week learning how to be a US Census Enumerator.
1) There are no points for over achievers, in fact, you may get 'called out' for going too far ahead.
2) Quickness of wrist and thumbs is a must. You will be quickly flipping through 10 manuals and map layout for training that is in no particular order.
3) Leave your sense of humor at home.
4) Although Census training is dry and rather boring, do not fall asleep in class.
5) When directions call for a #2 pencil, do not use a #1 pencil.
6) If you thought you knew how to read a map, please dump that knowledge and learn the U.S Governments way.
7) College degree? You may be over qualified for this assignment.
8) There is no room for common sense.
Oh, I don't mean to make it all bad, but it was quite dry and was a significant mind-set switch for me. My day jobs requires me to be innovative, a problem solver and think on my feet. The US Census Bureau has no appreciate for those skills. It was a bit humbling.
I did meet some nice folks and did my best to network and mingle (not always easy as I am quite the introvert at times). The week provided me with some time to myself which in my everyday life is a bit of a luxury. I was disappointed though....I had hoped my hotel room would have a bath tub as it's been ages since I've had a nice quiet, uninterrupted bubble bath...but it was not meant to be. My room had only a standing shower. It was clean though, so I'll take that.