New Job!

I’m finally moving closer to my goal. I was a cashier working for minimum wage but now! I’m a gatekeeper at a conservation area working for slightly above minimum wage!

SO basically I moved in an almost horizontal line as gatekeepers and cashiers have very similar jobs… but it’s with a conservation area so I guess I’m stepping in the right direction. Yay?

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Personal Rambles

I got a part-time job as a cashier to tide over my funds until I get a job in my actual field which is proving to be more difficult than I ever thought.

So when I first saw cashier wanted I thought ‘oh that’ll be easy. Just scan things and press a few buttons. Simple.’ WRONG! I was so wrong. I work in a store that functions as groceries, LCBO, sells cigarettes ,and works as a lottery retailer. So there is a lot more going on than maybe a typical grocery store. But still, I have so much respect for anybody that lasts more than a month at this gig. Especially if they are doing school on top of a part-time job. Or part-time job on top of school I guess.

Cashiers not only have to put up with grumpy people, sarcastic people, and rather strange backhand compliments but they have to memorize produce codes. They have to keep talking, they have to know what different types of produce are. Which is a lot harder than I initially expected. So please people, if you’re getting a bag of produce try to make sure at least one of the items has a produce sticker on it.

Also cigarettes for a non-smoker are the most difficult things to understand. You can rattle off the full title, but unless you say ‘the red one’ I’m not going to know what you’re talking about.

The other day one man told me to get my eyes checked because as I was getting his cigarettes – my back was turned to him – he placed the money down on the belt. Not near where he was standing, not on the little stand next the the debit machine. No he placed it on the potentially moving belt. And expected me to notice it as soon as I turned around. No, my peripheral vision is fine thank you but it does typically cut out things that I initially find unnecessary to the picture.  Such as items on the belt.

I know there is an item there but I assume its the next customers gum packet.

Needless to say I have a lot of respect for cashiers now, and I will continually try to make there job easier.I will bag my own bags if I have time, or get a friend to do it. I will make sure to announce what card I’m going to use so they don’t have to guess what credit card I might use. I will be polite at all times, I will tell them its okay to breathe if they need it.

Because honestly this is probably one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had, so you can take five seconds to bag your own bag while I scan. Thank you very much.

A Not So Reasonable Hobby

To all writers who stick to it; I applaud you.

I will never and have never been able to finish writing a novel, but I did learn that I should make time everyday or else it keeps getting backlogged and forgotten. I found out you need to keep a momentum going and you can’t sweat the details until it’s done. I’m maybe half of the way through my book and I know there are plot holes, inaccuracies, and an almost complete rewrite will need to be done.

But I’m half way.

And that is super important. I’ve obviously procrastinated writing, I think I prioritized napping over it once. But I think I can actually finish this book, and it will be the trashiest thing ever to exist but it will be done.

It’s going to need a lot of work but it will be my baby for the next couple of months to probably a year… or two…

Word Count: 19,965

Projected Finish date: Oct.23rd

A Reasonable Hobby

So I’m a recent grad who hasn’t found work. Not really surprising. So to pass the time I’ve picked up a hobby. I decided to pick something that I’ve been doing forcibly for years. Writing. If anyone tells you writing is easy, they are lying. I’ve read a lot in the past, and have also picked that up again. I’m glad I did. Writing becomes a lot easier if you’ve been reading. It’s still hard though.

My writing at this moment is not the best. I’ve got a long way to go. My ideas are also sometimes stronger in mind than they are on paper. This won’t stop me though. I like writing. I like re-reading my own stuff. At least usually.

I’ve gotten part way through a lot of novels before but this one I’m really trying to finish. It may not be the next Harry Potter, but it will definitely be one of my favourites for the next few years until I write a better one.

My family seems supportive as long as I keep looking for full-time work, which I will. I don’t intend to be unemployed long. Once I finish this one. Which I will. I will be transforming one of my old fanfictions into an actual story. This fanfiction is so old I’d be surprised if little me had any skill. It’s going to be a laugh seeing what I wrote, and I  kinda can’t wait. But right now my current project is “Stokers’ Monster”. The title will no doubt change but that’s what I’m calling it for now.

My word count is currently 15 816 words.

Projected finish date for 1st Draft: October 23rd

Recent Graduate Problems

As a recent grad, I’ve come to the hard realization that jobs are difficult to get. That applying means patience, and a mental fortitude that could rival any politician. You have to keep up the appearance that everything is alright, and that you are the crowning achievement of your studies; when often you feel the opposite and are unsure of the future.

I’ve been at this for a mere three months, and I’m feeling drained already.

Volunteering is really the best option for any grad. It gets you out, it gives you something to do, looks good on a resume, and helps make connections. Volunteering is probably saving my sanity at this moment. It at least feels like I’m doing something, and not stuck in some rut.

Another thing that really helps is to take free online courses, you probably won’t get certification unless you pay but the courses let you keep your mind fresh and keep what you learned in your head. I’ve found that MOOC, or Massive Open Online Courses is a pretty good place. Khan academy doesn’t necessarily have courses but the videos are executed nicely.

The last thing that has helped me out a lot would be hobbies. I’ve found that reading and writing are my two favorite activities so far. Reading offers some sort of escape that people seem to accept better than my amazing video games that I love and also play on a late Saturday night ( My life has never been so exciting). While writing make me feel productive when the volunteer scene is exceptionally slow.

That’s pretty much all the advice I can think of when it comes to keeping yourself sane while you work and rework your resumes and cover letters.

*Anime and binge watching Netflix helps as well (Try to keep it to a minimum mind you)

Blogging as a non-blogger

Blogging as a non-blogger has been the most difficult thing for me, I do not like blogging apparently. I’m not a super fan of social media. I’ve been on facebook a number of years but I don’t make status updates except for this one time my grandma thought I’d joined a cult and I decided to share this my friends including my grandma. (Yes I have my grandma on facebook…) So now I have a wordpress account and I’m not entirely sure what to do. I know I’m supposed to write stuff on here. Tell people things, structure something, sprinkle advice but honestly I’m 22. I don’t have it figured out. So I’ll post some writing things on here. Maybe post links to cool articles. Hopefully learn how to blog along the way.

Cheers,

E.A.D