Well, it's been over a year working at New Look and a couple of weeks after receiving the "dreaded letter" of would you like to join the New Look pension scheme, I can finally say that I'm free. I got a job. A career job. The kind of job that I've been searching for, for the past 2 years.
I will finally be happy to go to work in the morning, have regular hours, weekends and all the trimmings. It will also be a job where injuries are not the norm - goodbye shoes falling on my head and bruised knees!
It's really weird because I'm really happy and excited, but it doesn't feel real. Maybe I'll feel it on my last day at New Look (this thursday), or driving to my new job for my first day (monday - one week - eek!). I'm not sure yet, but it's a new beginning, a new chapter in my life.
Though I have not fully enjoyed my experience working in retail, I learned a lot and I will never forget it (the scar on my arm from an accessory prong definitely won't let me!). I have experienced the best of this sector - helping people, polite and happy customers, learning where products end up, how fashion companies run etc, as well as the worst - rude/stupid customers, budget cuts (where are all the staff?) and a lack of respect at times. I have a huge respect for those whose careers are on the shop floor. I would not be able to do it myself, it requires a strength and patience that I don't have!
I am really looking forward to my future experience of behind the scenes retail. Seeing what goes on in a head office and the merchandising side. On the shoe department, a lot of the time, there has not been the stock that customers are after. I am really interested to see why that is the case. Though my new job is for a home-ware company, it is still the same theory. I really can't wait to start.
There is also a nervous feeling I have about what kind of people I'll be working with. I have a feeling I may be around the youngest (the opposite at New Look) and I hope that they will get my quirky nature and not just write me off as a freak. I feel like I'm a kid again, starting a new school (I went to a lot of different schools as a child) looking forward to learning, but also hoping people will like me. I will remember not to talk too much which is what I do when I'm nervous. Last time I did that, when I started school in Cairo when I was 10, I got ditched, lol. In fact, I think I remember being ditched starting in Nottinghamshire as well...definitely keep my mouth shut then!
I just need to think motherly thoughts to myself: "Don't be nervous" and "Be yourself", etc. Think of other things. Ah yes, I just came back off holiday didn't I? I will have to devote a few blog posts to the best bits. It was amazing! I went to florida again and visited Harry Potter world (my other home).
Well, enough rambling, in conclusion, I have a new job and I am looking forward to starting. :)
There's a lot of text isn't there? Better add in a pic for good measure:
There, sweets. Who doesn't like sweets right?