I never wanted to work. I would rather stay at home and do nothing, but when I turned 17 I decided I needed to get a job. I applied at so many places I can’t even remember them all, but then I found out about Deseret Industries. I applied and got the job at the DI in November 2016. Now I wouldn’t want any other job. The DI has helped me so much to learn working and people skills. I have befriended some amazing people that I never would have met outside of work.
With the few months that I have worked at the DI, I have met lots of new people. I’ve met tons of co-workers, and many many customers. Meeting new people at work is one of my favorite things. Sometimes the people you meet aren’t the nicest, but you move on from it.
Another positive thing about having a job is earning money. Also you gain new experiences, some good and some bad. I have had many things happen while I am working that I won’t forget.
One bad experience happened on a very busy Saturday when all of our dressing rooms were filled. Another worker and I had to go to the back of the store to get something, and when we came back to the dressing rooms, one of the doors was all the way open and there were clothes everywhere. We looked inside, and it turns out someone had thrown up all over the clothes and the wall and ran out of the store without telling anyone. That is a experience I won’t forget.
Having a job can be hard, between school and working it can be stressful. Most of the time I don’t have time for my homework because I have to be at work. I know that some parents don’t let their children have jobs during school for that reason. It doesn’t seem like it will be tough until your homework starts piling up and all your extra time is spent working.
Despite such challenges, having a job will also expand your education: you learn things that you wouldn’t learn in school including better communication and people skills. It’s taught me how to work hard and stay organized. Even though work can be stressful and tough, I enjoy working. Everything I’ve gained, and will continue to gain, makes it worth it.
Opinion Editor: Adellaide Nielson, Maria Jacome
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