column by elliemulligan
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you have a job in high school, it’s going to be treacherous. Maybe your boss is certifiably insane, or you get yelled at by customers on a frequent basis.
The fact of the matter is that everyone will have their very own “bad job” sooner or later. My first job came around the summer after freshman year. Working at the local uniform store, things were pretty chill. I spent my days hemming skirts and folding polos.
But after sophomore year, I needed to start saving for college, so I took on another job. This was the worst–and I mean the worst–mistake of my life.
You know when you pick up the phone on an unknown number and they ask you to do a survey?
That was me, except instead of doing regular old telemarketing, I was asking exceptionally invasive questions about people’s health care.
This meant asking about their weight, income, marital status and more that I had no business asking about.
The most intimidating part was when people would get offended; they wouldn’t just get annoyed, they would let out their day’s frustrations on me.
I spent two-thirds of my time at that company practicing deep breathing techniques while strangers from Montana yelled in my ear about whether or not they had ever used an e-cigarette.
After I worked up the courage to quit, the summer was smooth sailing.
It became a lot easier to go to my other job, knowing that no matter what I was doing, nobody was screaming in my ear for three hours a night.
Because of this, I say bring on the bad jobs. They teach you how to handle people who may not be in the mood to deal with you and make you even more grateful for your free time.
If you have a bad job, don’t be afraid to quit. Sometimes your sanity and happiness is more important than making fat stacks.
Plus, when a good job comes along, you’ll be so relieved, it will seem like heaven.
Whether you’ve had your share of bad jobs or you’re still waiting for it to come along, make sure to absorb as much as you can from each of your work experiences. Who knows where each job will lead you?
So go out–be a telemarketer, be a waitress, be a lifeguard, dogwalker, or whatever you can do to gain experience.
Even if it doesn’t work out for the best, there’s always something to learn.