#THEBOSSGIRL - Crappy Jobs Build Strong Foundations

Thursday, 2 March 2017


So before I dive straight into the first post I thought it was worth giving a little introduction to the new series. #THEBOSSGIRL will be my way of gradually building up to what I like to think of as a kind of book that I don't have the attention span to sit and write in one go. I've worked a lot, and studied, and I feel like I do have some form of advice to give. So here it is in simple form. Just as if we were going for cocktails. 

So why are crappy jobs so important?...

It used to be the done thing that you would get a paper round, then a store job and then gradually work your way up through the years to build 'character' and all those kinds of things. But for some reason now it's considered 'cooler' to not work at all. Well ... not to me. I think you're a douche. I have had a job from the age of 14 and trust me when I say I was so excited to finally be earning my own money that I spent it all the day I got it. Now that part is not so impressive and seriously something I'm still working on, but if I had started later I'd still be spending all my money on pay day, so it's a good thing I learned when it wasn't so important. 

I worked for a kids pay area from the age of 14, helping with the birthday parties. I would cut the cake and make their food and wear an ugly blue t-shirt. I'd even have to entertain them in the ball pit and soft play area before sweeping up and smiling and waving goodbye while I was secretly hating their guts. The taught me a lot though. Whilst all my friends were hanging out at the park, I was earning my crust and it taught me to take responsibility. If you take a shift, you go and work it. You shut up and get on with it, because somebody has to do it.

Then when I was 16 I worked in retail, Dorothy Perkins to be exact, a store that's not even where it was back then. This taught me that the customer is always right and nobody is above picking up sweaty clothes from a changing room floor, unfortunately. I then moved around from store to store and always had a bar job to accompany that and my University work. So it's safe to say I've never left much time for 'fun' if you put it that way. But honestly I'm glad I've done it all. Watching the majority of my fellow students cringe at getting jobs or internships (and that's a post for another day) I was always happy to know I was one step ahead, I understood the meaning of hard work. 

Even now I don't mind getting my hands dirty and doing the menial things, that's all part of owning my own business and I wouldn't have it any other way. I know it will feel awesome when I can finally sit back and just watch things happen. Next step is opening my own office space/studio and I'll be the one painting and building furniture there too! Never shy away from the little jobs, no matter how shitty. You'll thank yourself one day! 

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  1. I completely agree, I worked in retail for 7 years and it taught me sooooo much. I learnt to be organised, to multitask, prioritise, to listen properly, and above all - patience! People don't value that kind of experience enough. I've applied for jobs before that have outright told me "we don't recruit from retail". They're missing out big time.

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    1. I 100% agree! Experience is one of the most useful things even if you don't realise it at the time, you always learn from things! Companies will catch on and people with the experience will excel x

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  2. I worked in few restaurants during college and this is really great introduction to any business :) Great post!

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