Thanks Deb from Home life Simplified, Listmania for this week is:
To all the jobs I’ve loved before:
Fish & Chip Shop girl:
My first job well that takes me back, while still at school I worked in my Aunts Fish & Chip shop.
I remember being paid well and enjoying the interaction with the public, my cousin who was very young had to hang around the shop while we worked and of course he wreaked havoc, as only a bored little one would do. Unfortunately my Aunty would in frustration slap him around a bit. So, as that upset me too much I resigned
I loved my second school job which was at a store in Auckland called Whitcoulls which is a bit like Australia’s Dymocks book stores. The exception was that it had at the very back of the long skinny store a toy department. This is where I worked and had control over that department. My favourite part was unpacking the new stock in particular the Matchbox cars, all of which had moving parts. I was in my element, a book store and cool toys.
|The doors would open the wheels would move as would the steering wheel|
One of my regrets here was when I left school and worked full time, was, that they offered me full time work, and I didn’t take it. I wanted to try something new. From here I went to work at:
Farmers Trading Company:
I started in the china department and moved into the cosmetic department, which is where I sooooo wanted to be. I worked with the various cosmetic departments, going to training at the various cosmetic houses, till I ended up in charge of the Revlon counter. I did very well, one Christmas I outsold Australia and NZ in total Christmas sales. I will never forget that, shortly after Christmas I tore down all my displays to make new ones, there was merchandise everywhere. Unfortunately, (still embarrassed about this) at this time, I felt a presence behind me, turned around to see my boss, with three Japanese Revlon representatives who came to visit the most successful sales girl for the year. WHOOPS.
|That’s me sitting in Noddy’s car, during one of the parades.|
I worked for them for a total of about 15 years, only moved on because I wanted a change, and there was a particularly nasty girl that I worked with:
- Her name was Karen
- Tall and skinny
- Big nose
- Looked like a horse
- Long straggly ratty hair
- Bitch face I like to call her
- Mean as sin
Clearly, lacking in self esteem as she liked to make others life hell!!!!!
Karma people Karma!!!!
Aitkins Timber Trading Company:
I don’t know if this company still operates, I believe it was a family timber business taken over by the biggies. I found myself as an estimator, an advisor on all things to do with timber. Go figure, from cosmetics to timber, I did well here to, outselling the reps, they would then get a dressing down from management. See I opened my mouth and it ran away without me, clearly to my advantage.
To cut a long story short:
- Emigrated to Australia
- Had two children
- Didn’t work for 16 years
- Re – entered the work force as a merchandiser
- Landed a job at Freedom Furniture
- Sold over 1 Million dollars worth of furniture a year
- Tried to resign
- They wouldn’t let me
- Became their trainer
Enrolled into Tafe to gain my qualification as a Trainer and Assessor and now work for:
College of Retail Training:
I currently deliver on and off the job training and assessment of National Qualifications in:
- Cert 1V Workplace Health & Safety
- Diploma of Management
- Diploma of Retail Management
- Cert 1V Retail Management
I am a very happy little vegemite, work with a great team of fabulous colleagues. I consider myself to be very lucky.
What a journey, and it’s not over yet.