Becoming An Assistant Manager At 22..

So here is a little insight into what I do for a living.

When I was 17 years old I started work at a petrol station, I wasn’t however allowed to work on my own as you do have to be 18 years old to work at a petrol station. I had dropped out of college as I wasn’t enjoying what I did, by which time my mum and dad told me I had to get a job as I was still living with them and was no longer in education. Time to start paying my way in life.  For around 3 years I was a sales assistant and that was as far as my job would go I would leave work and that would it be for the day.

However, when I turned around 20 years old I had become a supervisor. This meant I had a little more intel and a few more jobs to do when I was going to work, this would mean whenever the manager was off work I would be covering for her so I really had to learn the job inside out. This is something I have been proud of knowing I can do it. also, this means I have the experience for when it comes to me looking for a new job.

By 22 years old I was working as an assistant manager. I’d shown I was capable and I was willing to learn more about the company and how to do things.  When you have worked somewhere for so long you already know how everything works, you know the workplace like the back of your hand and what helps it grow and what will deter it from growing.  I then had my area manager asking me a lot about when I was going to pass my driving test, this was so she could send me out to other sites to help open them up. Now for the past 3-4 months, i have spent weeks at other sites training staff up and helping open up a new store. I can be very rewarding for some of the people you can meet however you can also meet some who don’t agree with you. I have found being an assistant manager at a young age you can come across some of the older generations who don’t agree with it and they will not take anything you tell them on board. I just seem to get a lot of dirty looks from them as if they are asking me who I think I am telling them what to do.

I do have a love-hate relationship with my job. There are days I wish I could go home and leave work at work like I used to be able to when I was 17, now I can get phone calls when I am at home asking for help or telling me something has gone wrong. And then there are days where I love the calls, I love having that responsibility and being able to help someone when they need it. I have found days where I want to have a new job, but I would also miss some of the staff who have become friends and the customers who you know you can have fun with. The only thing I wouldn’t miss about the job is the difficult customers, anyone who works in retail will understand this, the aggression you can receive just for doing your job is unreal.

What do you do for a living?

Kelly Louise


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