Welcome to the Real World 3: The Runaway Trainee

Okay so I know it has been a while since I posted but I figured since changing departments at work, it would be nice to take a walk down memory here. So here’s part 3 of my recap of my job hunt. You can find part 1 and part 2 on these links.

Red telephone

My next job interview was in February. It was for the role of a Marketing consultant. Or so I thought. During the interview the questions were geared more towards sales but I was assured that it was a Marketing position.

I passed the interview and was invited to return the next week. My father didn’t trust me to drive as he thought the offices were too far away and he was on leave during that week so he insisted on taking me to work.

I arrived that next Monday to learn that- a) It was a Sales position and b) It was for the night-shift. I felt robbed but the salary was R5000 which was what I was looking for. To me, that felt like the perfect starting salary.

The product I would be selling was some sort of protective cover for your car in case of accidental damage. It was supposed to complement your current insurance. I memorized the product instantly. But something just felt off about the whole thing.

The people were friendly but the staff always wanted to take unofficial smoke breaks with me (i.e they wanted to sneak out of training for a smoke and I was supposed to be their cover). I didn’t smoke. Still don’t. But for some reason the other trainees were unable to accept that. It was then that I realized for some reason, I look like a pushover. I politely declined their requests. Yes, I sound like such a loser but you’ll see later on why this is relevant.

I eventually asked if it was possible for me to move to the day shift, hoping it would make me more comfortable. It didn’t. I tried my hand at pitching. I was awful. They showed us the sales floor and my anxiety levels shot up to the roof. I couldn’t do that.

We met the CEO sometime during the first week and he mentioned how he was so happy that we were joining the team. I didn’t know what it was but everything just made me nervous and anxious and I just couldn’t deal.

I admitted to the head trainer that I didn’t think that I could do Sales and instantly she offered me a Customer Care position. I should have been happy. Instead I just felt suspicious. Why were these people so intent on keeping me?

I made it about four days into the training without any issues. Then my father mentioned how he thought it was too far and if I had any car trouble, there would be no one to assist (Fun fact- with my current job which is 15 minutes away from home, I DID have car trouble with no one to assist. I had to call my dad. No harm, no foul). This thought played in my mind on a loop.

When we tried pitching once more, the head trainer told me I sounded dead. She needed me to sound more alive. I couldn’t do it (keep in mind that I later went into Customer Service and everyone loved my perky tone on calls). I was exhausted of fighting it. The call center was not for me. But I knew I couldn’t tell them that I was leaving. They would try to make me stay.

We were required to sign in and out of the offices daily. This was to ensure that they had written proof of the number of days we attended training. So I walked out that day without signing out. I knew in my heart that I wasn’t coming back.

I went home feeling drained but also lighter. I knew that company was not a fit for me. It bugged me that I didn’t know why but I was happier regardless (and maybe a bit confused).

5 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Twenties

  1. Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger- I did a full review of this book on the blog but basically this is the financial education we all should have had but never did (seriously, what even is the point of our schooling system? Years of my life wasted!)
  2. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht- I mentioned this book in an earlier article for college students however I’m currently re-reading it and yep, it is still relevant. If you haven’t read it as yet, definitely go pick up a copy ASAP. “Leave Your Mark” is basically like a mentorship in book-form.
  3. Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger- I have been a fan of Lauren Berger since her first book, “All Work, No Pay” and strongly believe she is the reason I got my first two internships. “Welcome to the Real World” teaches you everything you need to know to not screw up in your new job. While the first few chapters were not new to me since I have been in the working world for a while, the latter chapters were super-helpful.
  4. Screw It, Let’s Do It by Richard Branson- Okay so it has been a while since I last read this but it wins a place on my list because I remember being really awed by it (even if I don’t remember much. Perks of being a avid reader). Richard walks the reader through his story and the secrets to his success.
  5. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki- An oldie but a goodie, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” tells the story of Robert as he grows up with his biological ‘poor’ father and his ‘rich’ dad (his best friend’s father). Both men have differing ideas of money which are explored in this book.

Have you read any of the above books? What did you think? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Tempting Fate by Nora Roberts

Tempting Fate by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Diana Blade receives an invite from her sister-in-law to meet her brother after several years, she accepts it albeit reluctantly.
But while she is trying to reconcile the man her brother is with the boy she knew growing up, she gets to know his best friend and brother-in-law, Caine MacGregor.
Caine’s reputation precedes him- both personally and professionally.
Diana has heard all about Caine and his conquests and has no desire to be another one of them. But when Caine decides to expand his practice, he picks Diana to be his partner.
It isn’t long before the two have to start juggle their professional relationship with whatever is brewing between them romantically.
I loved having another look at the MacGregor family. Daniel is hilarious as always with his constant demands of marriage and grandchildren. I don’t remember Caine that well from the first book but it was great seeing the family again and getting to know the characters of future books.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy, I definitely recommend this book.

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Tips for A Stress-Free Black Friday

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year (or atleast it is, to me). Black Friday is approaching and with all the deals popping up on my social media feeds, I’m pretty excited. Lots of retailers have extended their specials to week-long or even month-long. But with great promotions come great responsibility and it’s easy to get carried away. Here are a few tips to make your Black Friday shopping a bit easier.

Shopping bags
  1. Make a List- Take note of what you actually DO need/want for Black Friday to avoid accidental splurges on items you do not need. Yes, that big screen TV from Game is a necessity.
  2. Check your budget- Can you actually afford the items on your list? While sales are great, it defeats the purpose if you’re going to be paying off your credit card for months after Black Friday. Even if you did manage to get the new cellphone you were eyeing for months.
  3. Plan your method of attack- Will you be shopping in-store or online? Almost everyone is having online specials as well which means you don’t have to worry about queues or Covid. As someone who hates crowds, this is absolutely perfect. (Also if you ARE going in-store, make sure to wear comfortable shoes and carry a snack just in case you get hungry).
  4. Create accounts for online stores in advance- If you plan on shopping online, make sure that you already signed up for an account on those shopping platforms. Nothing is more annoying than signing up for an account ON Black Friday only to realise afterwards that the items you picked out are now sold. This sounds like a basic tip but sometimes people get excited and forget. It’s me. I am people. And while we are discussing accounts, make sure you are logged in before you start shopping.
  5. Start early- If you know that there is limited stock of the item you’re after or that the offer is for a certain amount of people, be sure to set an alarm so that you’re ready as soon as the sale starts. ‘Ready’ in this case means that you are logged in and ready to start shopping before midnight.

What items are you looking forward to purchasing for Black Friday? Do you have any other tips to make shopping easier? I’d love to know below.

Happy Two Year Work Anniversary

Today marks exactly two years since I started working in Customer Care. Fun fact, I will be moving to a different department soon and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT.

But what I want to talk about is my move to Customer Care two years ago. Basically my manager at the time had me assisting the Inbound Customer Care line and when an opening came up, I immediately asked to apply.

However originally when I started my career, there was nothing more terrifying to me than speaking to customers on the phone.

In fact that was the main reason why I didn’t want a job in the call center. But my manager who knew that I was scared of the phone pushed me and eventually it became one of my favorite things.

It may not be my dream job but when time comes for me to leave, I will definitely cry like a baby.

Moving to Customer Care was one of the best decisions in my life and so I leave you with this quote which should be words to live by:

Book Review: Playing With Fire by L.J Shen

Playing with Fire by L.J. Shen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me a while to get into this novel but it was a nice sort of slow burn- sort of like West and Grace’s relationship.
West is running away from his past traumas and his method of escape involves drugs, alcohol and fighting for money.
Grace is trying to hide away from her past where she was involved in a fire that ruined her beauty. Her method of escape involves isolation, baseball caps and hoodies.
When West signs up to work with Grace at her best friend’s food truck, no one expects anything to happen between them. The town’s hottie bad boy and the girl burned so badly she looks like toast? Highly unlikely.
But the two strike up a friendship and the more time they spend together, the more they start to realize that they might not be that different after all.
“Playing with Fire” was a book I looked forward to for a while but was reluctant to approach because it seemed too angsty.
There is a whole lot of angst which is why I couldn’t binge read it the way I wanted to but I enjoyed reading this nonetheless.
This is one of L.J Shen’s finest work and if you want to cry and feel good thereafter, this is the book for you.

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Happy NaNoWriMo

So normally I get really excited for NaNoWriMo. A month dedicated to writing? No pressure? Yes please.

And I was excited way back when I was planning out my study schedule and pushing to finish before November began.

But now that it’s here I have a half-assed story concept, no plot outline and definitely no plan.

I’m still taking part because I feel like I should and at this stage it’s a tradition. If you can’t write a novel after the craziness of 2020 WHEN can you?

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? Let me know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Finding Audrey” is the story of Audrey who is unable to leave her house or take off her sunglasses- even inside her own house.
Something traumatic happened to her leaving Audrey scarred and unable to trust people.
But then she meets Linus who decides to write Audrey little notes in order to help her get used to him.
The two of them strike up a friendship and eventually with him at her side, Audrey is able to slowly face the world again.
So I had a family member recommend this book to me because I don’t like leaving the house and I was annoyed with them so I never read this book at the time.
Now that I have read it, I wish I had done so sooner (Story of my life).
It is hard not to feel compassion for Audrey and while she never goes into the story of what happened to her, I was rooting for her throughout the book.
Audrey makes me feel seen and reading this book calmed down my anxiety.
100 stars!
(P.S feel free to send more recommendations like this my way)

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I’m BACK!!!

I cannot believe it has been an entire month since I last posted. I’ve been busy with a Project Management module and now I can add Marketing Management and Digital Copywriting to my list of ever-growing certifications.

So while I didn’t really enjoy the studying this time (Covid=increased working hours+ less breaks+ less available study time), I was pretty sad when it ended. In fact it’s been two weeks and all I did was spring clean my room and watch two episodes of “Friends”. I’m pretty disappointed in myself but I figured after the year I had, I deserved a break.

I have scheduled a few book reviews and while I look for my next project, I’m going to focus on tackling that large bookshelf that somehow keeps growing. I swear I’m not buying books. I don’t know how they keep multiplying.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #1)

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I bought this book for R10 at Readers Warehouse Black Friday sale like three years ago. I didn’t pick it up as I was still missing the remaining books.
I got the remaining books last March and still didn’t start the series because I am a bad reader.
In honor of how much things have changed (and also because my brain keeps thinking we are still in March, thanks Corona) I finally started reading and all I can say is WOW!
Chloe’s first period comes with the startling side effects of her seeing dead people. When she has a very public mental breakdown, screaming at ghosts in her high school, she is moved to a group home with other “ill” students.
However the more time that Chloe spends with her housemates, the more she starts to suspect that something sinister is going on.
It certainly doesn’t help matters that even with her medication, ghosts are STILL trying to talk to her.
I loved the idea of a group home with magically gifted teenagers. It isn’t something that I ever read before so I definitely enjoyed this book immensely.
Kinda sad that it was just sitting there on my shelf for so long and I missed finding this series sooner but that’s the story of my life.
If you like paranormal fantasy, definitely give this a try.

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