September 11, 2007

My first job

Jeepers, this is taking me back.

My mother didn't believe in children working because "there'll be enough years you have to work; why hurry it up?" In retrospect, I understand this perfectly ;)

However, I managed to convince her to let me take a couple of two-week jobs in the holidays in my matric year (final year of school).

The first job was as a sales assistant in a curio shop, Eyethu, at Walmer Park Shopping Centre in PE! I have no idea what I earned but I learnt a few lessons very quickly:

1. I hate being bored.
2. I loved interacting with customers.
3. There is only so much dusting and rearranging of little pottery pieces a 16-17-year-old can do :)

I did that job for just under two weeks when I had a phone call one night from a friend.

"Would you like another job?".......and so the head-hunting began

I jumped at the chance because it was (1) a much busier store, (2)closer to home and (3) paid more money.

I loved the new job (in a clothing store) because I was SO busy from the time I walked in until I left every day. This is what I learnt there:

1. I'm a really hard worker.
2. I loved helping customers.
3. I loved being busy and challenged the whole day.

Now tell me, have you had an experience where you switched jobs quickly? What happened?

But more importantly, what have you learnt about YOURSELF because of the types of jobs you have, or have had?

I learnt that I can trust my gut/ intuition and my decision-making skills. And if I'm wrong, so what? It's better to take a risk than not to try anything at all!

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Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

Your Mom was sooooooo right! Great advice she gave you!

Marcia said...

Shannon, she was, wasn't she? At the time, I really thought she was crazy but of course, now I'd love to lie around all day doing nothing.

annie said...

We haven't pushed Amanda to work either, we consider her school work... and since she is making such good grades and doing so well she is doing a great job!
Sometimes it seems like she needs a job or something because she seems to have a lot of free time, but soon college will start for her and life will shift gears.
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Corey~living and loving said...

I once switched rather quickly, and never looked back. It was right for me. I loved the second job.
Thanks for sharing!

sheryl said...

I'm with you...I don't like being bored...if I'm going to work, I want to be busy!
I've sure enjoyed reading all these first-job memories :)

Nancy Face said...

I've learned that I'm very loyal and I will stay somewhere and stick it out...unless there is a VERY good reason to leave! I have worked in the same hair salon since 1981, even though I now consider myself a stay-home mom...I only go in every other Saturday, haha! :D

I enjoyed your post! Thank you for sharing it! :)