I got a job offer on Saturday, and I signed it, scanned it and sent it back within a few hours of receiving it.
I was so happy all weekend because I’ve been job-hunting since February. Then I woke up this morning with a queasy feeling. It hit me that I don’t know the answers to some very important questions about the job.
I know the office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
I know I get two breaks and a one-hour lunch but apart from that, I don’t know what my new manager “Phil” expects from me in terms of working hours.
I’m taking an evening class that starts at 6:00 p.m. downtown and my office is in the suburbs, at least 45 minutes away during rush hour. If I have to stay until 5:30 every night I’ll be late for class, and the instructor hates that — she has made a point of telling us how disrespectful it is to walk into class late.
I mentioned the night school class in one of my conversations with Phil but we didn’t talk about the starting time. We didn’t talk about my working hours at all.
I know my starting salary and I know I’m eligible for a ten percent bonus, but I signed and sent back the offer letter before it occurred to me to ask Phil what I have to do to earn the bonus. That was an oversight!
I don’t know what the health plan looks like. Now I’m panicking. What if the health plan costs a fortune? I took this job at a pay cut compared to my old job, because I need an income.
What should I do?