Appreciate Your Shit Job at Uni | #hearttoheart
I know it sucks and you hate it. I did, too. As a student, you are very likely to be employed in customer service or hospitality sector. I and most of my friends were for all three years at our time at University of Winchester.
The job? Well, it's probably long hours, for little money at ridiclous hours of the day when you should really be spending that time reading books of your lecturer's recommendations list or work on your end -of -the -year project. Instead, you are mopping cinema floor for some inconsiderate assholes, or making coffee after coffee for the same assholes.
But, darling, the truth is: life is only as shit as you see it. It is very much all about the change of perspective and opening your mind to a different light. Here's the few things that let me survive and not explode with anger over a lady's tea... just about.
IT IS ONLY TEMPORARY
You have to remember, and actively remind yourself, that this job is only to get you by, so that later you can afford to go to your favourite social or pay for the tickets to get home for holidays. Don't get yourself involved in the work politics, and don't let it determine if you have a good or bad day. Detach. It does get better, and no it isn't forever. Do something you enjoy during your work breaks or dedicate your lunch hour to some dissertation work in-between bites. Look for career-orientated jobs in the meantime, life doesn't end at making coffee, don't worry.
IT GIVES YOU STRUCTURE
As a student, it is really easy to fall out of any kind of routine. You live your days from mid-afternoon to five in the morning and actually, not getting a lot done apart from being constantly sleeping at lectures. Having a part -time job along with doing your degree equips you in more time awareness, develops your work ethic, multitasking skills and gives you a physical day -to -day structure. It will motivate you to get out of bed and go to sleep at reasonable hours, which will improve your overall mood and reduce tiredness every day.
EXPERIENCE WITH A LITTLE EXTRA
Being a (e.g.) Barista at a coffee shop does not necessarily only teach you how to make coffee and make it look pretty. Hospitality and customer service jobs offer a range of other skills you can learn while making said coffee. Management skills, team-leading, teamwork ability, independent decision making skills and people skills. You just need to want them. You need to open your eyes and look around. I didn't see those opportunities straight away and I didn't see the skills I could learn but with time, I realised that my business awareness grew, and my management and team-leading skills developed. Don't look at this job as to how it steals your time -like I did at the beginning - look at that job and think "how can it help me". At the end of the day, you are there for the next 9 hours, might as well make use of it...
This one wouldn't be for everyone, and you need to be careful about things like conflict of interest if your temp job is in any way related to your career. My student job was a perfect networking opportunity. It was a coffee shop, and a lot of other students, artists, photographers would either start working there or would come in for their regular drink. Before you know it, my professional network grew and I figured out my Final Year Project idea, from talking and networking with the different individuals on the Company's time. It felt great. Think about it: you are getting PAID for that time anyway, if you can do your job and talk to a potential business contact as well, why not?
Like I said before, this job isn't forever. You can change it anytime. While changing your jobs frequently is 'bad' for your CV, and is generally frowned upon, you can still "get away" with somewhat frequent changes. I do not mean that you go for two weeks of work and abandon a company the next Monday, that's not good either. However, if you have been there for 1 - 2 months and you feel like it's wasting more time than its worth - find another. Never ditch a job without a back -up plan! Learn from [my mistakes]. Also, never leave without a reason you won't be embarrassed or avoid to tell your employers. I found that admitting to quitting / getting fired but backing up with why you think it was a good decision / good outcome, does show some problem solving skills and demonstrates to them that you can take on a serious challenge and still try again.
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