27 July 2016

My Part-time Working Experience

I recently took up a part time job in a retail store at Sunway Pyramid. In this blog post, I'll refrain from mentioning the name of the retail store, not for "privacy" reason (I'm not some kind of big shot lol) but because I don't what MY experience and perception of that store to be seen as if that place is not an ideal place to work at, especially for part time.

A few weeks back, I decided to look for a part time job to kill time, as well as to gain experience and to know how it feels like to earn your own money. Growing up I can say that I was, and still am, blessed that my parents are successful enough to financially support the entire family. I'm not trying to say that I'm well-off or anything like that, but I'm blessed and grateful that my parents can afford to send me to a private college for my pre-u, and give me monthly allowance when I lived in Subang for the past year. I didn't know how it feels like to have a job. I did not have any sort of experience. The closest thing I experienced with "work" was when I worked for my dad after SPM, and that doesn't even count as, all I do is sit in the office and play with my laptop. I wanted to know how it feels to go to work, and do something and earn money for it. So, I decided to search for a part time job in Sunway Pyarmid. Why there? I am very familiar with that area. I lived in Sunway City for a year and I know all the nooks and crooks, and the all the shortcuts in Sunway.

The reason why I chose retail is simple. I have an OCD when I see messy clothing racks and clothes piled up outside the fitting room area. I also hate to see hangers in the fitting room. I initially wanted to work in stores that people my age usually shop at like, Forever 21, Topshop, H&M, etc. But none of these stores offered any vacancy. None that I know of, at least. I decided to search up vacancy at this one store that is a sister company to Topshop. After I finished submitting the form on the store's website, I went to bed and hoped for the best. A few days later, I got a text from an unknown number telling me I got shortlisted for the job and informed me about an interview that took place in Starbucks Sunway. Needless to say I was stoked and excited about this. I went for the interview and it was history from there.

I prayed everyday for that I got the job for Topshop because I'm only familiar and attracted to their brand. The rest of the brands under company, not so much. A week after the interview, I got a call from the person who interviewed me and told me if I can work at their sister company. I have no idea why I didn't take my time to think about this throughly but I just said "yes" on the phone even though I was upset that I didn't get picked for Topshop. I was also told to go to Sunway Pyramid to meet up with the store manager to have a second interview with him. In my head I was like, "well what harm can an interview be right?" So I went and had the interview. During the interivew I was told that the pay was RM6 an hour, and I have to work for a fixed 8 hours for six days in a week. I thought, well if I can wake up at 6:30AM for an 8:30 class and stay in college until 4:30, I sure I can deal with 9:30AM til 6:30PM shift, no? Boy, was I wrong. I also did not calculate my daily salary and compare it with my car petrol and toll rate from Setia Alam to Subang and vice versa. The 6 bucks can barely cover the toll rate, let alone my weekly petrol budget! Maybe choosing Sunway to work part time wasn't the best idea, but at least I learned a good lesson from this.

It's been exactly one week since I started working in that retail store and everyday I feel dead inside because I just cannot talk to my coworkers. We don't get along very well because we don't have anything in common. I wouldn't say I'm shy, but I'm socially awkward. What makes matters worse is I am socially selective. No, it does not mean that I'm picky when it comes to making friends. It's just that I usually don't initiate the first conversation.

My first day working was very awkward and stressful for me, to the point where I went back home crying my eyeballs out to my sister. The second day was no different. I am not used to standing for 8 hours straight so it's only normal for my feet and lower back to hurt after all that walking and standing. The only time I ever felt like myself again was when I come back home and have a good rest. I don't think any amount of money is worth feeling like this everyday. I've gotten used to standing up after the third day of work and it was okay up until Day 5. Day 5 to me was the final straw because that was a weekend and I felt like my social life was taken away from me. I couldn't go out with my friends because I had work. I had to deal with snobby and demanding customers. I have to deal with this one coworker of mine who probably hates my guts because I remind her of her boyfriend's former fling (which btw is not a good reason to hate on someone, especially if you don't know that person.) I don't feel like myself anymore. I feel sad, cranky, depressed, frustrated and tired. And this is just one week of work.

On Monday, I decided to tell my manager I'm going to quit and lied that I got an offer to study overseas. He was okay with my decision, maybe because he expected me to quit this soon but he didn't say anything when I told him. So I guess I'll still have to go to work tomorrow and remind him again that I "need to get my student visa done".

Some people can deal with retail stores but it's definitely not for me. Maybe I chose the wrong location and store.... Whatever it is, I'm definitely not going to work part time for now. Call me a snob, bratty princess or whatever. What's the point of working when you're not happy with what you're doing?