If you don’t follow me on Twitter (@hello_terrilowe) then why not? You’re missing my LIFE man!! If you do though then you would have noticed that I am starting a new job tomorrow and had a lovely GARLICKY leaving curry with some of my bestest work buddies from the last 7 YEARS last night. I’m not going to lie, I was absolutely blown away by the presents they got me, I honestly wasn’t even expecting a card, not because they’re bastards or anything…. but because I am haha. Working in a supermarket has pretty much destroyed my soul over the past 7 years but the people who I have met and worked with have kept me sane and prevented me from jumping off a bridge during the time there. I’ve had quite a few jobs before from crappy warehouse ones, other smaller retail companies and even worked a stint for a Labour MP as an Administration Assistant, but this place is by far the most corporate and soul destroying employment I’ve ever experienced…. It all started as a full time job in stock control to get money to pass my driving test and get a car… What was a 6 month plan ended up being a 7 year one, I ended up moving departments a few times to prevent my mind from numbing itself and also the hours were perfect when I was at uni. At £7ish an hour I was earning a bit more than most student jobs usually pay out there. I’m not going to sugar coat the fact that to cure the boredom during this working arrangement I did tend to rub a few people up the wrong way, mainly managers….. But the amount of shit you can get working in retail is really disgusting. I mean some of them would have preferred it if you went home weeping every night rather than laughing off a hard day. Once I got blamed for the morale of the store being low…. 200 members of staff I was apparently ‘influencing’ with my ‘negativity’, shit, with skills like that I was definitely in the wrong job anyone want to join my new CULT?! I think the word they were really looking for was ‘cynism’ though, I bask in the ability to laugh of any situation! It is funny though how as a Community Champion for the store I nearly doubled the charity fundraising amount for the year, set up a Twitter account and arranged more activities in the store in 2 months than the previous girl did in a year, yet the one point the manager wanted to focus on was grammar and spelling for the Twitter account which was all correct anyway?! Some people’s minds are a mystery they really are! But I wont dwell, whilst I’m off doing new and exciting things the people who criticise and bring their employee’s down will probably still be working in a shop in 10 years time and the people they belittled, criticised and made working life a chore for will go on to bigger, better, happier things! I know I am.
Anyway my new job starts tomorrow though in a completely different line of work. Working with teenagers and young people is what I always wanted to do, I initially wanted to be a teacher and did get onto the Design and Technology PGCE course but after being a full time student for 4 years I couldn’t afford it this year and also would have received over a grand less in loans and grants, boo hoo, in a year or two I will reconsider and depending on financial status reapply but who knows I may fall completely in love with my new job and not bother with teaching anyway, you can’t predict the future….. Anyway, here’s what I received from the lovely LOVELY people that were once colleagues but are now awesome friends…..
There were a few more little gifts but the bag and the purse were the best things EVER.
Love love handmade cards!!
The presents and cards were all well and good…. But then they bought out a surprise cake!!!
I look absolute MUNT in all the pictures from last night which is a massive shame, because I’m usually so hot haha.
So I just thought I would write this blog post as a thank you to all the wonderful people I have met, worked with and served over the past 7 years you’ve been a blast!!! Even the ones I may have had disagreement with in the past and who didn’t come to the meal, I still think you’re great! Honestly! THANK YOU…… But no thanks to my now ex manager who demonstrated her petty immaturity by not giving to my collection and the comment she made….. Must suck to be so bitter all your life eh love! 🙂
And for my chums still there – Don’t let the bastards bring you down!