What does one learn from having so many different casual jobs?
In the three years since I started my first job, I’ve held three separate positions at three different jobs. I promise I didn’t plan it in three’s, simply a merry coincidence!
When I started my first job, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the working environment. I actually started working because all my friends had jobs already and I was feeling left behind. It was probably not the right mindset to go in with, but I wanted to start earning some of my own money. However, as a naïve student, I had much to learn.
I am now a week into my third job, this time as a Christmas casual, and I’m liking it much more than my first two jobs. From my experiences, there are a few factors that determine how well you’ll like your job and in turn, determine how productive you’ll be.
- How you feel about your managers/supervisors is important. This usually plays a large part in determining how much you enjoy working there and whether you look forward to going to work or dread it like no other.
- Going in with the right mindset. This can be applied to anything you do. If you tell yourself that you’re going to enjoy working, then you will most likely enjoy it; however, if you go in knowing that you’re going to hate it, then you most definitely will hate it. So, keep a positive mindset and try to enjoy yourself, it’s an experience you’ll probably never forget.
- Not being afraid to speak up. Having a casual job means that you won’t know when you’re working week to week. You may find it hard to accommodate last minute plans with your work schedule, so if you’re unable to work a particular shift, tell your manager as soon as possible, do not put it off and wait until the last minute. Be reasonable about this though, you don’t want to be cancelling and rescheduling shifts often.
- Being open to change and compromise. The working environment is one that changes often, especially those that involve customer service. In any retail or hospitality job, you will inevitably serve a customer who may be rude or impatient and the important thing here is to take it in stride and not let them affect how you feel about the job.
- Being open and friendly. Meeting new people and making friends is one of the biggest perks of having a casual job as a student. Strike up a conversation with a co-worker the next time you see them and you might just make a new friend!