By Anonymous - 06/10/2015 03:46 - Canada - Winnipeg
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As a college student I've had an extremely difficult time finding a job that will work with me on scheduling. I've had a couple jobs that have scheduled me on days I had classes and a few who have scheduled me too many hours. I also go out of town a lot to visit family and I like to vacation. I tell all this ahead of time, and they act surprised when I'm going somewhere or need time off for studying. I've finally found a job that let's me make my own schedule. I'm "part time casual", and it's great.
Have you never had a proper job before, 48? Every employer will act shocked if you frequently tell them you're going away or you're busy and you can't work. There's a reason you get limited holiday at work, and constantly needing time off in the world of work is looked at as highly unreliable and unprofessional.
I work one or two shifts a week. I don't work retail jobs or serving jobs as a career. I've worked legitimate jobs, at internships, which I understand my duties and my required attendance. I didn't jet off and ask for ridiculous favors at the few internships I've worked (although they've underdtood that school comes first). My schooling comes first and I work part time for pocket money to relieve my parents somewhat financially. My college and all expenses are paid for. I shouldn't be required to work full time at my retail job because they want me to. I go into jobs telling them my intentions. I've luckily found a job that understands my position as a student, and that my employment at their company isn't my main priority. My paychecks that are a few hundred bucks allow me to put gas in my car, go out, and buy things I want. Obviously when I have an "adult job", I won't need time off to study for exams, or to attend classes, and that I have to use my vacation time to go out of town. It's ridiculous that I've had to explain myself in such detail. Apparently you don't know what it means to work part time as a college student.
Get your friends to go out on Thursday nights... Tends to be ladies night most of the time anyway. save some money!