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I got a job, but not gonna go well

post #1 of 19
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Well I got a job, something I been needing. The thing is I am not happy about it. It at Wataburger. My fiancee got a job there too. So he is working two jobs. I know i will get depressed working there. I dont enjoy working with food at all, man I barely like to cook. I am going to call up on my aplication friday, since they are still going through them.If i dont get a call during the week I will call them or check on it. I hope for that job. I applied at the Family Dollar today too.

Oh well 4 checks coming in this month why argue. 2 wataburger checks, 1 dominos, 1 child support( i get until im 18).

I need some real big support on this.I was wanting to cry, since this was the last place I ever wanted to work, I still wanna cry.

post #2 of 19
Congrats on getting a job! At least you will have a check coming in - it may not be what you want to do - but keep your chin up, put a smile on that beautiful face and keep applying elswhere.

If you keep telling yourself you will be miserable - you will be. Just remember your kitties that you have to come home to - they appreciate it very much that you are doing this for them!
post #3 of 19
Hang in there Ashley.
Your still working towards your high school completion right? A better job will come in time. I have always found it true that it's easier to find a new job when you have one. Hang in there at Whataburger... just make it through one day at a time and spend your time off looking elsewhere. Back before I had any work experience or anything I got a job at a gas station. I gotta tell you that was the most fun job I have ever had. It was seriously a blast to go to work I met a lot of people and goofed off half the time If your just looking for a job while your going to school, check out a car wash. My cousins all worked at one when they were in school and said it was a lot of fun as well.
post #4 of 19
Ashley, I think we've all had jobs that we didn't like, but you keep looking till you find one you do and at least you have some kind of income coming in. Keep your chin up!!
post #5 of 19
Ugh. I can understand! You seem like a level headed, hard working girl, though. Be strong & keep trying, something better will come along.
post #6 of 19
We don't always get what we want. Taking into account your age, limited experience and lack of higher education, you can't expect to get a plum job. We've all had to take "survival jobs" at times, in order to keep a roof over our heads and food on the tables.

Be grateful that you're not not scrubbing bedpans, in a nursing home - that's what I was doing at your age. I have a 39-year-old brother who still works at a car wash (when he's not in jail), because he's always refused to get more education and better himself.

Consider this job a life lesson and another step, toward maturity.
post #7 of 19
Fast food jobs aren't all that bad - they can be fun, if you're working with good people and can laugh, and if you keep busy the time will pass quickly.

Whatever job you do, take pride in your work & do it the best that you can. If you do, your positive attitude will get you noticed, and into a better job.
post #8 of 19
Step into it with a different attitude than you are presenting right now, or you won't have this job long. You will become a liability that they will want rid of. My first job was tough, it was working with a company that resined decorative wall hangings. The air inside the factory was stifling, their air conditioner barely worked. I ruined a lot of grubby clothes and came home smelling like resin and finisher.

Be grateful they hired you Ashley. In this day and age jobs for the uneducated are hard to come by. If you keep your attitude, they won't keep you. And don't worry about not being able to cook. You just need to be able to sear burgers on a grill. That's why they have training days.
post #9 of 19
Without so much as a high school diploma, you can count on having many jobs you don't like. I have stated this before, but you really ought to concentrate on getting at least your diploma, if not something more. Your child support check will be history soon enough, if you are 17, and you will have to work for a living. Life is all about choices, Ashley, and you are making some now that will affact you for the rest of your life. Choose wisely.
post #10 of 19
Ashley, no one likes to be stuck in a job they hate, but perhaps this may help. I've noticed you like to write, so think of this job as an "assignment." Find one customer each day that is interesting, a really odd person, a weird looking person, a very ugly person or maybe someone who is breathtakingly beautiful. Then when you are home, write a short story or poem about what you think their life is like, are they married/single, rich, or bottom of the barrel poor, are they homeless, are they a bank robber, a short order cook, a former Queen that got kicked off her throne? The only limit is your imagination. Write for no more then 30 minutes, then put is aside, come back to it when you feel like it, or use it to line the litterbox so you will never see it again.

Next step...buy yourself a dictionary if you don't already have one, or use an online dictionary to look up word meanings and spellings. Dictionary.com is a good site, I use it almost daily. Also, buy a thesaurus, that's a book that's like a dictionary but the difference is, a thesaurus will give you synomyns of words. Say you want to descibe something as tiny. Look up the word tiny in the thesaurus and you will find dozens of entries for tiny, such as petite, miniscule, wee, etc.

Now you may ask..."What will this do for me?" Well for starters it will make a dull job, less dull, and maybe even fun. Writing everyday will build yourself confidence, soon you'll be telling yourself YEAH, I can do this. Maybe you will even share your stuff here on TCS.

Lastly, writing everyday and taking the time to look up words and play with them, will improve your vocabulary, spelling and grammar skills, which you will need for your GED. Writing also teaches you discipline, which again will help you earn your GED.

post #11 of 19
You have the same attitude as an old college friend of mine has and you need to realize the same thing she had to learn and that is that no one owes you a job. You have to work to earn a job and if that means working at Whataburger till you're 18, 21, whatever, that's what it means. I worked at Hancock's for my first job. I cut fabric and I have asthma. We were not allowed to sit down and we had to constantly be on the move. We also had to find people to cover for us if we were sick or wanted to go on vacation. When I was older I got a job at AAA. I got the job because I had a mature attitude and knew my geography (I knew that Delaware was a state and New Mexico is a part of the U.S.). Get your GED, improve your writing skills (you have a lot of errors, shortcuts are okay, but outright errors are not), improve your attitude and you could easily get a good receptionist job that could lead to an office manager job. (In my company the receptionist is always promoted to the office manager and it's the ONLY job in our company where you don't need a college degree of some form.) Working is not always fun, but make the most of it. Network, be friendly. You'll be amazed at the people you meet working at a fast food restaurant. You may even be able to find a future employer. Everyone eats fast food, even Donald Trump and Prince William.
post #12 of 19
this is what is referred to as starting to pay your dues. Some people get lucky, sure, but most actually have to work for what they get. I worked retail and then food service and now as an admin asst and let me tell you I wish I could go back to the carefree days of slinging tacos. And you may think there's nothing you can learn at this job but there is so much, you just need to look for it instead of complaining.
post #13 of 19
Hi Ashley,

I had a number of similar jobs when I was your age and working my way through university - waiting tables, cleaning barns, bar-tending (when I was old enough) and factory work on a production line. These jobs were all temporary and they were all there to help me earn experience and money to get the jobs I really wanted but needed training and education to get. Knowing they were only stepping stones on my path through life made it a lot easier to get up at 4 am to go to work or try and serve 30 hungry people who all arrived at the same time and were all in a hurry or try to stay awake at 4 am on my 8th midnight shift in a row before a break and shift change. One of the things I found invaluable - there were people there doing these jobs who had been doing the same thing for the last 30 years. They grumbled, they complainted, they bitched constantly - but they never took the steps to change what they didnt' like and go after what they did. That was a valuable lesson for me. I knew that I was the one who made the difference in my life. The way I chose to approach my work and my life were my responsibility and no one elses and it could be as good or as bad as I made it. So, remember your job now isn't your life, it is a tool that will help you get where you want to go, but you still have to do the work to get there. Thank your employers for giving you the job that will help you travel this bit on your own road of life.

post #14 of 19
Well put, Kathryn!
post #15 of 19
A Poor attitude is your worst enemy on the job. If you aren't done with school, or WILL not get a degree higher than a High school diploma, you will not be able to get a job higher than at food service, or retail. However, we've all been there, and they weren't ideal for any of us. These jobs will pay your bills though, and if you stick with it, once you have more job experience (they prize the ability to keep a job for over a year. If you can do this, more companies will be willing to hire you.), you will be able to find work at better places. Hey, you have to start somewhere, better make it a good experience.
post #16 of 19
Ashley, we've all had jobs we hate. But we lived thru it. Crying won't get you a better job, but learning from this experience will.

My first job was sweeping floors in a bike store. I also cleaned stalls for other people's horses. I didn't even get to interact with the horse. As I finished a stall, the handler would move the next horse and I would move onto that stall. The only part of the horse I saw was what was left on the floor.

Use this time. Learn as much as you can. When its time to move onto a better job, what a thrill it would be to tell them I was Employee of the Month for several months at my last job!
post #17 of 19
Everyone has given you very valuable pointers. As I read alot I especially liked the tip on the thesaurus. My husband and I watch the TV show West Wing and we always end up getting out the thesaurus or dictonary to look up words used on the show. I've heard of them but he hasn't. I have several coworkers who only have high school diploma's and wish for more. One is taking college classes one at a time-she's halfway though and I know she will finish. Set yourself a goal. Write it down and then the steps you need to take to reach that goal. What my college degree is in and what I am doing now are completely different but I got this job due to prior experience. But over the years I found out what I really do. I've taken classes, done alot hands-on and reading. When my current job ends in Sept-I'll have a new game plan. At the restaurant-watch for repeat customers, learn their names-people like that. What don't you like about the place-make suggestions to management . Everyone I believe can find a bit of good in every job. Remember your support group here at TCS. Chin up!!
post #18 of 19
Ashley, you've had so much good advice. It's really important that you approach this job with a good attitude, it is so true that it is far easier to get a job when you are in a job. So, prove yourself in this one, and you'll find it easier to move on to another job with a good reference from your employer. In the meantime make sure you get yourself a good education. It really is the passport to a more stable and secure future. It also broadens you as a person.

If you don't like this job, there are plenty of people out there who would be willing (in fact desparate) to take it from you. Your new employers will have plenty of people to choose from - don't give them an excuse to get rid of you. Here in the UK, people going through College/University who take fast food jobs to help pay their way, learn really valuable skills that future employers want. They learn to deal effectively with customers, to work under pressure and to work well in a team. All skills that are needed and valued in graduate jobs.

Good luck - try to value the experience you get
post #19 of 19

I know this isn't a great job but you should go in to Wataburger and show them what a great person you are!!! Be pleasant, smile, pay attention, put in the extra effort. Before you know it you'll be applying for assistant manager. Go in there and wow 'em girl!! If you do a good job for them then you've got a good reference for another job which you might like better.

Also, I agree that you need to keep plugging away at your schoolwork. When you're finished with high school, you need to start taking community college classes -- then, college!

You're still young so give yourself time to work up the ladder. Just keep your eye on the next rung. This job doesn't define who you are but you definitely need to show them that you can do this job better than anyone else they could have chosen!

Good luck. Stay positive. Stay strong. I'll be praying for you.
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