I’ve had a lot of time on my hands, which means lots of time to blog! This outfit was from a couple days ago when I went out with some friends. I’m already enjoying layering my clothing. My scarf collection has extended to include all sorts of paisley print, and I’m sticking to my colour theme so far (golds, oranges, browns,etc).
The combination of pattern and metallic (see the shawl here) really reminded me of some kind of fortune teller. Possible career?
And why, you might ask, do I have a lot of time on my hands and why am I considering a career in Divination?
Well, it’s about time to talk about my current situation! I kinda wanted to wait until there was a resolution but I suppose you can come along on the journey.
Never, since I was 16, have I been unemployed! My first job was at A&W (fast food. The BEST fast food, I might add!) as a cook. Yeah, I was greasy EVERY TIME I worked! No one can say that working in fast food is easy. Ours was one of the busiest in the province/western Canada and we had to work fast. I learned a lot of skills working there like how to manage my time and just general work ethic. I stayed for over two years.
My next job was at Montana’s, which is a steak/rib type of restaurant. I was hired as a hostess. I decided to only stay there for a couple of months for a few different reasons. First, they only gave me 3 hour shifts and I was often sent home early. I live quite far so gas was a big issue. Second, it was slower work than what I was used to. I loved to bus tables on busy nights rather than just stand at the front.
Instead I got a job in a supermarket as a deli clerk. It was the perfect job to get through school with, as it was unionised so I could pretty much pick and choose when and how often I wanted to work. The hours were great, and I didn’t have to drive far to get there. I worked there for almost 3.5 years! Even though I didn’t exactly love the work itself, it was hard to quit because it comfortable. However, I kept telling myself that now that I was graduated, I needed to find a full time job that was meaningful and could possibly help towards my future! My train of thought was basically this: I’m interested in one day working in the fashion industry. I’m not sure what, but maybe owning a shop in Winnipeg?
So I decided I would try to get a job in a small boutique and see if I could learn anything valuable. It was definitely within reach, compared to other fashion routes I could have attempted to find in Winnipeg.
I was hired on at a boutique and had a lot of high hopes, most of which were probably very unrealistic. I’m not sure if it was bad luck or bad circumstances, but I disliked it after the second shift. I never realized how much boredom could get to me, but being told to stand and do nothing for 8 hours made me crazy. I wanted to feel productive at my new full-time job…I would ask for things to do, but was told there was nothing to do! I couldn’t believe it. Was this really how working in a boutique was?
Things got slightly better after a few shifts, though not by much. I still felt unfulfilled by the work that I decided I would rather spend my time looking for a new job.
During the time I was disliking the job, I applied for new jobs. I got a interview for a job that seemed…absolutely perfect. It was a Mon-Fri full time (9-5) job and was close to my house. It was a BLOGGING position, and a copywriter for some kind of retail site. It seemed perfect. Until it wasn’t. I’m proud of the decision I made not to take the position. I fought with myself over it…What was the problem, you ask? Well, it was a company that sold real fur products. Not just one or two products within a store…ALL FUR! And rugs made of polar bears! I guess I hadn’t really thought about where I stood on the industry until it came up in my face. I tried to research it and tried to justify that the fur industry isn’t so bad. There were some compelling debates and arguments I came across, but none that were great enough to convince me to do it. I know me not taking the job isn’t going to change the fact that someone else will, but I couldn’t have it be me. It would eat at my conscious to promote real fur for a living.
So now I am unemployed. I feel a bit out of my element, but I am actively trying to find a job that I will enjoy. It’s a bit scary, not knowing when that will happen. I’ve come to terms with the fact that eventually if it doesn’t happen, I will have to take something I don’t exactly like to make money for the time being. People living in Winnipeg will understand when I say that there aren’t many creative opportunities here. I’ve opened myself up to things slightly outside of fashion – anything to do with marketing, advertising, etc. These sectors interest me because they involve things I love – graphics, writing and creativity.
For now all I can do is stay positive and keep looking You never know what type of job or opportunity could pop up or present itself!
I’m trying to identify the things that matter most to me in a job. I’d like to have it be something I feel is meaningful work and keeps me busy and engaged.
Wish me luck. Feel free to share your stories in the job world or offer words of wisdom!