Dear, guys – welcome back to Letters From Liz!
So, I finally got a job. It’s definitely a good one for a first job, and in any case, it allows me to be as helpful as possible to students regarding their studies in college. My first job is working as a bookseller at the bookstore of my old college. It’s a good first job because, for a person with such a high-alert type of anxiety, the unfamiliarity with the atmosphere isn’t present here because I attended college at this place for 6 years and I definitely had my fair share of being a customer at the college bookstore.
So when I got hired for this position, I took it, even if it might not turn permanent after the rush of the first month of the semester is over and the students are settled in their classes. My old college has become like a second home to me after being a student there for 6 years straight, and working there for a first job just felt right. I got insanely lucky to have my first real job be with such nice management and cool co-workers that the work didn’t even feel like work. Although last week was just training and the semester didn’t officially start until this past Tuesday, it’s definitely been a good experience. As I’m writing this, I haven’t experienced what rush may look like, but if it’s anything I imagined it would be, it would be insanely busy and hopefully, I got through it in one piece. Of course, I have an understanding team working with me so of course, if I need any assistance with something, I can always ask for it. But sitting here writing this after training and all of that, I’m excited to be productive and busy at work and getting a feel with the register and the atmosphere of the bookstore more.
The first two days at the job, I did a lot of stocking books on the shelves and unloading a lot of books from boxes. My first day was a little rough; I was in a dress nevertheless, and I accidentally cut myself with a boxcutter because it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t. Training week was also very humid and hot, so the constant moving around to bookshelves and such made me extremely sweaty. Thankfully once the semester starts, stocking will become a minimum to my routine.
I also can’t lie and say that my body has gotten adjusted to the new routine as well. Because I am on the heavier side, being on my feet all day took a toll on my body for the first week, and it honestly made me immensely sore at the end of the day. If there’s anything that work has taught me so far, it’s to get a comfortable pair of work shoes that my feet will feel good being in for 7 to 8 hours at a time.
Although the job is temporary and I may not stay on board after the rush, I really do hope that it’s permanent because I really do enjoy it there. Right now, there are 11 of us working at the bookstore for the rush, but I can only imagine that number is going to be cut in half after everything calms down. Only time will tell if I stay or not, but I really hope I do for some time.
Anyway, that’s it for the day! I’ll actually be at work when this publishes, so I hope future Liz is getting the hang of things and is enjoying herself at work!