Yes, you read the title right. I am one of those freaks of nature who actually likes what they’re doing to earn a bit of cash. See, I’m still in college, so I get to have a nifty and highly coveted “summer job”. It was sheer luck that I got this gig and I’m over the moon that it turned out this way.
My mother was talking to a representative for a company and she just happened to mention that I was in need of a summer job. The rep happened to mention that she was in need for a summer merchandiser, every summer for as long as the person wanted it. Well, I wanted it. Bad. I tend to go stir crazy if I’m in one place for too long, and as I was working and living at the campground, it had definitely been too long for me. I jumped at the chance.
This is my second year working as a merchandiser and I still love it.
#1: The people. I work by myself, but I get to meet the coolest managers, who are our clients. They’re always happy to see me and always up for a bit of a chat if time allows it. They’re just generally good people who appreciate a little bit of help every now and then.
#2: The driving. This is probably the best and worst thing. I do love driving. It’s a given since 90% of my job is just driving to different locations. I think I like driving because I have a new (ish) car. She’s a Lexus IS200 and she’s my baby. Driving her is the way I de-stress. However, it is also the thing that causes me stress. Daily. I still stand by the “I love driving as long as I don’t get into an almost head on accident” theory that I have. This theory gets refuted almost every day as people don’t know how to control their car and/or frustration when they can’t overtake a slow car.
#3: The people (again, but different). I get to meet a lot of people. I get to see a lot of people. I get to talk to a lot of people. (You get the gist). However, I never mention the people who are half-naked and walking towards the beach, do I? 😉 I may do a bit of window-shopping while I’m working. It’s what gets me through the day 😉 Prime example: I got chatting to a man who had worked for the same company as me, so he could put himself through university. He did the exact same thing (sort of) that I’m doing now. It was good to have a chat with someone who had done the job before and actually knew what it was like. He made my morning.
#4: The experience. Believe it or not, but I started working when I was young. The only thing is that I haven’t had a lot of experience working for people who aren’t related to me. All of my jobs have been because of my family and the connections they formed. I’m just thankful for this job (even though my mother got it for me) because I’m able to get out of the house, represent a brand and prove myself.
#5: The view is awesome. I drive from coast to coast for a job. I cannot really complain about the view. Every beach I visit is pretty dang awesome. This happens to be a photo of my beach, but that’s beside the point. I work in Kuaotunu, so it counts. I see six different beaches a day. I don’t know why anyone would want to complain about that.
#6: Product knowledge. I’ve become the person “in the know” about which products sell and which don’t. I also become “in the know” about what general products people want the most (rubbish bags, bread, milk, eggs, cigarettes, beer) during the summer, and what products of the opposition that are the most popular (because they assume I know everything about every ice-cream). I can pretty much assume which ice-creams are going to be depleted before I get to the freezer and I’m right 98% of the time.
#7: The absolute frantic pace (including, but not limited to road speed). I like driving, so it’s pretty natural that I like to drive fast or as fast as possible without being a hazard #safetyfirst. Speed aside, I love the pace that you have to work at. It’s like being in a constant race against the clock AKA the people who keep stealing ice-creams as soon as you put them in the freezer. The constant feeling of having to go, go, go! is something that I love and I’ve found out that I thrive in that type of environment.
#8: The ability to set my hours. Want to start at 9am? No problem. Want to start at 10.30am (like I did yesterday)? No problem. The only thing that matters is that I get to all the stores before they close and that I (preferably) don’t catch up to the boys driving the truck. That is the aim of the game. I could start at lunch and probably get to all the stores if I drove like a crazy person. Flexibility is king.
Now that I’ve had a humble brag about my job – tell me about yours!
What is the best (or worst) bit about your job? What is your job? Would you change anything about it?