Time for a monthly journal and it's a big one!
Now first things first, you'll probably wondering how I've been doing with my job. Well, there have been some news, but let's just start from the beginning. First off, I started the job by doing a little introduction day for 4 hours at the store. After that, I worked for basically 5 days on the first week, 9am till 5pm. After the first week, it was basically putting stock on the shelves for the next two weeks until opening day (the first day the public/customers come in).
I got through these three weeks pretty well, there was one day where I was super fustrated at the end of the day. I only felt like this because the staff didn't really specify where in the line the specific item/product goes to.
Now opening day, I was only planning to be in the store for two hours, due to the fact that you get paid for being in the opening day photo, even though I wasn't scheduled for the day. But of course, the day got more packed as the hours went by and then I decided in my head 'Okay, I'll stay for the minimum 4 hours, then leave'. So opening day was fine, hectic but fine. Then I got my schedule for the next following week and this is where things got bad.
The B&M staff gave me the job title... Cleaner. Now, when I saw that, my mind was half okay and half annoyed about it. Why? Well, first off, when I applied for this job, it said, 'Store Floor Assistant' not 'Cleaner' and it's like they gave the last remaining job to me while everyone else got some decent jobs. But the other half off me was like, 'cleaning... I guess that's not too bad'. Boy was I wrong.
The first day was a bit probamatic, my alarm clock was out of batteries and didn't ring a single sound to wake me up. Luckily, my mum knew something was wrong and she woke me up on the time of my shift, so I was an hour late and made up for it by working up the hours and promising the managers that it won't happen again. I fixed my alarm now and use a different one on my tablet, it's called Sleepbot if you want to find it yourselves, it's good if you want to make multiple alarms.
But anyway, after that things were getting a little better, but here's the big part that you guys need to know. At the last 5 minutes of my shift on the 14th of October, I got called to the office. Dale the Line Manager of the store said and I quote "I'm sorry, but you aren't keeping up to the company's standards".
Now at the time, I was acting professional and said stuff like 'Thank you for the time' and 'It was great working with you', but as soon as I got home, I was like "WHAT THE HELL? I WORKED MY BUTT OFF CLEANING THAT STORE AND YOU JUST FIRE ME LIKE THAT?" So yeah, I was super angry at them for what they did and this was coming from a store that only has two cleaners, me and this other lady who was 20-30 yers older than me and with three years experience as a cleaner at a different B&M store.
So after a month and two weeks of working at B&M, I'm annoyed at them for what they did, which is why I'm glad I'm not working there anymore. I might shop there if I ever go in the area, but at the moment, I'm not shopping there for a long time. Plus, the staff area wasn't really comfortable. The canteen looks like a primary school kitchen with the whole plastic chairs, laminate coated wooden table and a small countertop. Now onto what's going to happen next...
I'm gonna do MDEC again this Christmas so I got some pay for December, then my plan is either look for some more apprenticeships or I go into printing. I am never doing retail ever again.
In fun news and I know this is sad coming from a 24 year old but, I am currently doing a Pokemon movie marathon. I'm currently on Movie 11 (the Shaymin and Giratina one) and I'm watching all of these because of the upcoming movie, I Choose You. So far, I love the first three and my favourite one is the eigth one, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
I'll be doing some pictures tomorrow, but don't expect me to submit them tomorrow. As well as the usual Vanguard and Yu-Gi-Oh pic, would you guys like it if I do Ash and Pikachu together or Ash in his Sir Aaron outfit? Just felt like drawing Ash for a change, what do you guys think?
Hope you guys have fun and keep moving forward!
Advocate from the Ministry of Joy