Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for my job but if I’m honest, it is the worst kind of job to have. I don’t mean the work itself, it’s the Saturday job part. I have worked for over three years on a four hours a week contract at this place and still I find that people who started after me have been given a contact with more hours than mine. I’m twenty one, not seventeen anymore and I feel like I can handle a more challenging role, whether it be in this job or another. I work hard at my job, even though it’s not a job I see being my career in the future and I hold myself to a high standard. I try to always strive for the best, offer customers good service, but with me only working on Saturdays, I have limited funds and a lot of free time so I spend most of my week watching the TV when I’m not cleaning up after my siblings or walking the dog.
Unbalanced and unmotivated is how I feel most of the time. Because I don’t work in the week, I have nothing to get up for really so I stay up until stupid o’clock in the morning and then don’t get up until the afternoon, making for a really vicious cycle. I then job-hunt for two hours or so, applying for three or four jobs, only to get rejected. I do my chores, then watch TV, go upstairs and do it all again the next day. What could be more exhausting? I could ask for overtime until I’m blue in the face, but it won’t make any difference.
So I stay calm, go with the flow, say yes and not say no when they ask me to cover for somebody else’s shift and I bite my tongue when somebody new walks in, knowing that they inevitably are going to get a contact with more hours on than mine. I continue to do my best in my job despite receiving no praise and getting scolded for little things, even when others misbehave and that gets overlooked. I try to work as a team when others are just selfish. When I put it like that, I guess it’s good that I have a whole week to regroup and calm down so that I don’t say something in the heat in the moment that I will later regret. I have learnt from having a Saturday job though. For example, in the heat of the moment, something might seem important but it probably isn’t and I have a ridiculous amount of tolerance. In an environment such as my workplace, people always show their true colours, so just sit back and wait to see the rainbow.
Just a little insight about my first, and current, job. I think a lot of people discard their first job, but they are actually very insightful (must remind myself of that when I’m back there on Saturday), they teach you a lot of things that you take onto your next job and in some cases, they help you to see which career path you want to travel down. If nothing else, they give you your first taste of the real working world.
Just in case you didn’t guess, I’m a sales assistant in a retail shop. I would love to hear how you found working in your first job and what experiences you had.