Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Moving Up and Into the Booth

As you know, I got my first job ever in my life working for transportation services at my school. Even though it started off really rough, I was content with where I was in the job despite not early the amount of money that I had planned. After working there for almost a year as a "service worker" I was promoted to working as a ticket writer.

While I was at work one day, going about my normal foot route through the lots and ticketing people, my boss asked me if I had any experience working in the Booths for our campus parking garages. Apparently there were only 4 people trained, and none of them were able to come in for the night shift that day. I had had some experience but no where near the amount needed to be able to do it on my own which made for a stressful night.

My boss said that I learned really quickly on my feet, and asked if I wanted to take a 5th/open booth position rather than continuing to do foot routes and ticketing. I would get 19 hours a week (not including events) which is much more than the 8 hours (not including events) that I was currently working. I jumped on the opportunity to move up the ladder at my job and to be able to gain some much needed money handling skills.

Never before in my life have I worked with money, so it took me some time to learn how to use the cash register as well as learning how to make change quickly. Overall the whole experience was really terrifying to me because I hadn't worked with money before! Much like my previous jobs, I wasn't given any training one what to do - I had to learn on the job. Luckily, it isn't very hard to run a parking garage booth, so I've been able to pick it up really quickly! I think I've been doing a good job, but if I haven't been no one has said anything to me about it...

A majority of the time people are really nice to me while I'm working in the booth. A few people (mainly teachers) have even given me tips for being quick and friendly! The booths have a flat hourly rate, and a flat rate for overnight, so unlike tickets people can't/don't try to argue their way out of paying - which means they also don't yell at me for not letting them get out of paying.

So far, I've really been enjoying being in the booth (and not just because they have their own wifi). The only downside to working so many hours is that I have very little time outside of classes and work to do homework and have any sort of social life. For several nights so far I've stayed up almost the whole time working on things for only one or two classes so that I don't fall behind on the information. I think I've been doing okay balancing everything, but I want to be doing a lot better with it.

I'm really proud of myself, and how much experience I've been able to gain from working for transportation services! I've been able to do so many things I never thought I could, and it's all been really beneficial to me. Now that I've gained so much job/life experience I'm much more confident about my ability to get a job after I've finished school.

I'll see you on Thursday.

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