Monday, July 7, 2008

Her First Job

Dd17 started her first official job last week. By official, I mean not a babysitting job, or doing work for Cardamom, but working for someone else in their place of business.

She worked long days on her feet last Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and came home tired but happy. Now she has a couple of days off before it begins again. This is tourist season, so it's constant customers along with answering the phone, mopping the floor and doing all the other things that need to be done in a small but busy retail establishment.

So far she enjoys the work, and is more than ready for her first paycheck. She says her goals are to buy an iPod and then save up for a car.

It's strange not having her around during the day, and we miss her, but we're glad she's found a job that she likes.

She had applied for a job at the public library a while back, but when she didn't get it, she marched right into town and starting going up and down the main street of the downtown area, asking each of the merchants if they needed help. No one did, until she got to one of the last places remaining, and he was about to hire new help and said she could add her application to the pile. And the rest is history.

She could have applied at the local Target but said she wanted to work in a smaller place where she's get to do a variety of things, so this is working out well for her.

It's working out well for us, too, because of all the places for the child of a chocoholic mother to work, it's a candy store, and when we visit, we get a free sample of their homemade chocolate fudge (yes, she's already learning to make fudge in their big copper pot.) Of all the skills she's learning at her new job, I put fudge-making at the very top of the list :)

8 comments:

Mary said...

Amen to that!

Hehe thanks for the nice post :)

Janet said...

Hmm....a candy shop? Sounds perfect! Maybe I could talk one of my kids into that when they're 17.....

Brumbemom said...

Hey, my dd17 is starting to look for her first "real" job too. She is thinking about Starbucks. I wonder if I could get free samples there as well?!? :-)

Barbara Frank said...

Mary, you're welcome....and you deserve it. We're proud of you :)

Janet, better start planting that idea in their heads now....

Brumbemom, I hope your dd finds the job she wants, and if you get some free coffee in the process, well, it's win-win!

Alasandra said...

Fudge making would be a VERY IMPORTANT skill in my book. I love chocolate.

Barbara Frank said...

You and me both, Alasandra!

Melissa Markham said...

First Job memories last a lifetime. It sounds like she has a great one! And enjoy the perks:)

Barbara Frank said...

So far, there haven't been too many, Melissa....turns out there's only a 20% employee discount, and the fudge is pricey! But I can get a free sample when I stop by :)