So as of right now, I am working three jobs and occasionally helping my aunt with catering. I work 24 hours a week at my internship, Monday through Wednesday, 9 to 5. This is both rewarding and annoying. I then have my job at American Eagle that I have had since December. I love the people I work with and no where else can I get in over eight hours of work because I decided I didn’t need sleep that night. Overnights are the main reason I can work there. And now, Starbucks. My new job at Starbucks has so far been nothing but an exciting experience.
Let’s start with my internship.
My internship is both this big scary monster and the puppy walking towards you down the block. It’s weird working a 9-5 job, even though it’s only three days a week. I spend about 24 hours a week here, but I’m not paid. I have to deal with commuting traffic and learn the ins and outs of something I have never done before. Everyday is a new and exciting adventure. I have learned things that I will take with me for the rest of my life, both skills and knowledge. I think one huge message that I took away from this internship is that this isn’t exactly what I want to do. It assured me that what I really want to do hasn’t changed, but now I have more of a skillset to help me achieve my future goals. It has helped me to be more determined that before and less unsure.
Next, the gold ole’ American Eagle.
Now, American Eagle is comparable to your weird cousin that you see on occasion and sometimes actually enjoy. Now, they hired me and gave me a job while I was in school and dealt with my class schedule. I thank them for that. But I think hiring a bunch of new people, while giving your previous employees only one shift a week is a little ridiculous. I’ve worked there longer than a lot of people there (I’m surprised too) and somehow I get one, maybe two shifts a week. This is why I got a third job. I spend more on food than I make here. I have bills to pay and places to go and my 21st birthday to save up for, I can’t live off of less than $40 a week, just not going to happen.
A lot of people just told me to quit. I couldn’t do that to them and I mean, on occasion, I actually enjoy working there (it’s mostly the people). I do enjoy floorsets though. Now, if you don’t know what that is, I’ll tell you. It’s when you stay up all night to redo the entire store and build walls and dress mannequins and hang shirts and fold pants. It is usually a two to three day deal, all done overnight. This is where I get my hours. In one big floorset, I make at least $200. That’s a car payment. But, if you didn’t get the gist, it’s a good gig, but not enough to devote my life to them.
The beautiful mystery you’ve always wanted to solve. Starbucks has given me so much in only the two weeks that I have worked there. I’m learning about all the things that I want to learn about. I’m making coffee and doing coffee tastings and am constantly learning. If you’ve ever been to a Starbucks, you’ll notice how nice everyone is. Once I started working there, they gave us a partner card to use at other Starbucks and as soon as I show it, they become even more friendly, which I didn’t know was possible. They ask me questions and even offer my shifts! Starbucks truly cares about their employees from discounts, free coffee, free meals, discounts on products, services and trips, I even get free Spotify. Every day I find out about more perks and benefits that I didn’t even know employers did. While the perks are amazing (can’t stress that enough, AMAZING) the people have been nothing less of great and they actually want to give me hours. I just want to say, if you have the chance, I highly suggest working at a Starbucks, I save enough money on coffee that it’s worth it alone.
On to the moral of this story.
Working three jobs has taught me how to get my sh*t together, even more than before. I’m learning time management and how to commute. I’m learning why working is actually so important because I learned how not fun it is to be broke. My internship, though ending soon, has taught me enough that it was worth staying in West Haven for the summer. It has taught me things to carry forth into my career. Working the other two jobs (as scheduling is put around my internship), has taught me how to prioritize and why thinking weeks in advance is important, but you can’t live without flexibility. I can’t just wait until two days before and hope my shifts aren’t put on the same day. It has also helped me remembering why new beginnings are just what you need every once in a while. I have also learned how important sleep is and why sometimes it’s okay to sleep later and have some fun now. I have also learned how to master the next day come back, (you’ll see that post at the end of the summer!)
Next time you’re thinking you’re taking on too much, take a step back and pro and con it out. Be sure to leave room for fun and don’t ware yourself out too much. Spreading yourself too thin can only last for so long, until you break. I’ve done that.
But learning how to work everything into one schedule perfectly is truly an amazing feeling, especially when you still have time for your friends and sleep. Remember busy is good, it keeps you on your feet, but always leave time for a good book, some relaxation or some Netflix.
How are you spending your summer?