What’s the best job you’ve ever had?
Like, looking back at your life, which of your past jobs (including the one you’re at now) makes you smile and say “man, I miss that job!”
…even if it’s just a small part of the job.
For me, people might think it’s Dunkin Donuts. I sure talk about that one a lot.
That was my first job. I started in June of 2013, and I was absolutely terrified. I have extreme social anxiety, and at the time I was unmedicated—undiagnosed, in fact. Being also very personable and outgoing, I persevered through and became quite excellent at my job. By the time I finally quit in April of 2018, the manager Rose and I were like family, and I had seen over 50 coworkers come and go. That job taught me how much I loved working with people, and also how much I loved being a part of a team-based work environment.
I can’t tell you there’s a job I’ve held that I hated. They’ve all had their ups and their downs.
Babysitting, nannying, and tutoring were all stressful and rewarding in the same ways. Kids are one of my greatest joys, and that will probably never change. I love teaching people things, at any age, despite attitude problems or language barriers. I will always be willing to babysit on the side, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my current career. I know how tough it is to be a parent. Sometimes you just need a little break!
I worked in retail for a VERY brief time. Not quite three months, I wanna say. I had just been unemployed for the first time in my life, and I needed a paycheck. The pay sucked—with the promise of commission, which also sucked. On top of that, the girl who trained me was not only terrible at her job, but was not very good at training me, so I had to take things into my own hands a lot. There was a lot of fumbling for me—thank god I’m an actress🙌🏻 Even worse, this absolute horror of a coworker was rude to coworkers AND customers! Since she, myself, and our one other coworker were not employed by the store that we were located inside, but instead by a remote company that didn’t have a manager onsite, the in-store manager couldn’t actually reprimand this bitch properly. They had spoken to her numerous times, and yet she never checked her attitude.
I finally quit—and let me tell you, thank god I decided to do that! I am not a person who quits a job easily. Before this retail nightmare, the shortest job I’d held was 6 months (with one exception, a Dunkin job I had while in college that I was basically forced to quit because the manager kept scheduling me on days I had class and called me while I was asleep/in class to yell at me for not being at work even though I’d explained numerous times what my class schedule was and which days I couldn’t work). I lasted at this job not quite 3 months before I had the last straw and just quit. It was only part time, anyways, and I was also tutoring an elementary school kid at the time for $50 an hour.
On a day that I had been schedule to work, but I had informed my manager that I would not be there since I had already given my two weeks notice and that day fell after the date, I got like 6 phone calls from my old manager and my new one asking where I was. I finally picked up the phone to politely, yet insistently inform the manager that I was at my other job, that I no longer was employed by them, and that I did not appreciate receiving numerous phone calls when I had already sent so many emails explicitly detailing my last day of work.
He was decently apologetic, I suppose.
But then… one of the workers from the store itself snapchatted me a few days later to let me know that the other two girls who worked for my old company had gotten into a FIGHT FIGHT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORE. AND HAD GOTTEN ARRESTED. ON THE DAY THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN THERE.
Thank Satan I quit.
Aaaaaaaand that’s all to say that while all those jobs have had their special somethings, none of them ever came close to this one job I held in college.
I worked for a Christian school material distributor, in the office. I was on the phones—I helped customers make orders; assisted them with their accounts; and then when I was moved to the Customer Service department, I helped with complaints and issues. (I hated being in that department because I’m bad with computers and I didn’t have enough time to train so I was confused all the time)
I learned during that job that working in a customer service-based job was going to be my specialty, and I also realized that I loved the atmosphere of an office.
My current job? I am a Client Care Representative at an HVAC (Heating and Air Conditioning), Electrical, and Plumbing company. I’m one of the people in the office who takes calls from customers looking for service—whether it’s a broken AC, or a leaky faucet—or from a tech calling out of a job—they tell us how much money they collected, what they did at the job, and we enter it in the system.
From the very first time I entered the building, I was struck by the atmosphere of friendliness that the shop gives off. We answer the phone with “It’s a great day at Service Stars, my name is Katie, how can I make you smile?” And that alone often makes people smile🤣
My initial interview was a bit unconventional, but I loved my now Office Manager from the get-go. She is warm, friendly, and just so open and honest with you that you feel like suddenly telling her your whole life story. She’s a badass, but can’t stand bugs. She loves babies, but has zero patience for adult men that she has a strong relationship with.
In conclusion, she’s me in 15 years.
This post turned out way longer than I thought it was going to. The intention was to brag on my company, LOL. But of course it just ended up being me talking about myself…hehehe.
Anywhore, thanks for reading, y’all. I always appreciate the love.
Stay safe this weekend, everyone. And happy Independence!
All my love,