Hey guys. So I need abit of advice from an outside point of view. I've been working a part time job for about 2.5 years now at a snowboard shop. The benefits are awesome (free snowboards in the winter, wholesale prices on everything else in the store..etc. Ive been making minimum wage the entire time ive worked there though and I HAVE asked for a raise but didn't get it. They let me go for august (which was good, I got most of my summer free) and said I can go back in september if I wanted. I'd have to start working more often though they said. Basically they want me to work sunday, monday and anohter week day.
Football is starting soon so that means I have practice at least 4 days a week after school. Hockey is also starting soon. I'm 17, going into grade 12. I've been told the workload in grade 12 gets harder since I gotta prepare for university and all that ****. I dont really like my co workers and since there are only 4 of us, if someone cant make it in, you basically HAVE to go in to work. Today for example, I was out getting some stuff at the mall, and around running some errands for my mom when I get a call. Dan, I need you to come into work. We have this sale going on and Ive worked every day since tuesday (the manager). I told him i'm out doing some **** and i'll come in later. He says we need you right now. I told him the earliest I can make it is 4. If i'm sick I still have to go in no matter what because only 2 people work at a time. When I broke my wrist, I had to go into work the next day instead of the hospital because the girl i was supposed to work with couldnt be alone.
My mom says keep the job, since it's flexible and its easy. I like the job since its easy as **** and I know all about skateboards and snowboards and stuff, but I hate the environment and the way they run the shop. The pay is ****, the benefits are good. The work is easy, the environment is bad. What would you guys do? Quit the job and lose the benefits/not have a job for the school year, or keep the job and just deal with the downsides of it? I have mixed thoughts.
EDIT:: A little more info. I dont really NEED the money but it's nice to have a little spending money. Since I drive my parents car, I pay for my own insurance and gas. I usually get paid for work I do around the house (building decks, laying grass, building walls, framing the basement, **** like that).
In such a situation there are several factors I would consider first.
You mention playing sports, do you have a legitimate shot at getting a scholarship in any sport you currently play?
Highschool is easy. Can you maintain a 3.5 GPA and still work + play sports? If the answer is no, could you do that if it weren't for having to work on top of sports?
In terms of the schedule conflict, does it happen often? Is there a possibility for it to interfere with your sporting evens (really only applicable if your going to get a scholarship).
I personally worked in an environment I hated but I needed the money and I was already out of highschool trying to get **** together for college.
Do you NEED the money?
You have to evaluate this on your own. If it were me and I was going to get a scholarship for sports I'd say screw work. The money you'll save in tuition will be far more then the amount you'd make working part time over one year.
Even if it were no I'd still consider playing sports over the job if you didn't NEED the money. Those memories and experiences can't be bought and you won't get a second chance at them.
As I said, I dont really NEED the money since I do alot of physical work for neighbours, family, friends..etc. but wouldnt have too much spending money if I didnt have a job. That's not a big deal to me really since I dont buy alot of **** anyways.
look for a job at ikea or some place like that (rona, home depot).
i worked part time there (ikea) and started around $12. pretty much have a set schedule since you are a student...just tell them you have classes until x time on x days and that you can only work weekends or something.
big place like that will hardly ever call you in if somebody calls in sick.
edit...why not look for a job at at gym as well? can prob. get a free membership out of it
Last edited by Grimey; 08-27-2007 at 02:14 PM.
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I got a job at my gym folding towels from like 12am to 4am. You don't just gotta work after school or weekends. I get a free gym membership and get paid too plus my foot is in the door for when I say "oh hey I got my trainer cert...gimme a job".
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Thanks for the replies. I never even thought about working in the gym. That's actually an awesome idea. I'll tell them my future plans (get my cert when i'm 18, do some PT for a couple years, get a client base, open my own facility in the long run and train athletes exclusively). Would I just go up to the front desk and hand in a resume and tell them i'm willing to do any jobs?
Do you usually talk to the people at your gym? Like workers or management?
Just be careful if you say any job in a gym, they might give you a crappy job.
If you want to try out the gym first to see how it is you can always just volunteer there and work your way in. After I was volunteering at my gym for 3 weeks the CEO of the gym was asking management why they haven't hired me yet, ego boost haha
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You could always just say "nah I'm busy" when they ask you to come in. They might fire you, but you'd only be leaving a job with ****ty pay. If you're the lowest one in the place, it's not your responsibility to make sure they're optimally staffed. I mean if you're gonna quit anyway, you might as well give it a try, they might not fire you and they'll realize you're not their bitch.
I would suggest you look for another job without quitting the one you're at. If you find something, hand in your two weeks notice and take off.
be prepared for the **** to hit the fan if you stand up to the manager. He wouldn't be able to fire you for that alone, but he may start busting your ass over lots of little things. On the other hand, he may leave you alone and start screwing everyone else around.
IMO school comes first. You're an athlete who doesn't need the money, so football comes second.
And for the record, you can't get sports scholarships at Canadian schools.
Are you sure you cant get sports scholarships at canadian schools? I think our star running back from my highschool got a scholarship to York. I could be wrong though.
Free snowboards and skateboards?
De, sell that **** on ebay. Minimum wage arseholes.
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