Out of Character is a common role playing (RP) term used when a player is just that, out of character. And while I’d love to be a troll that does have the awesome ability to throw fireballs at the opposition, that ain’t all that I’m about. These blogs will be based on life outside of Azeroth and beyond the glowing pixels and conjured mana cakes.
I did it.
I finally did it.
I quit my retail job.
I’d been debating doing it for quite sometime now, but I don’t know if it was just the holidays getting to me or that I finally decided to put my foot down and be done.
Quick background. Girl graduates college, girl moves home, girl gets an entry level retail job selling primarily denim in a retail environment. Girl loves said job and quickly becomes Assistant Manager of her store. Girl gets a Personal Training gig and decides to move on because with a commute and odd hours it wouldn’t be feasible to do. About 5 years later girl returns to retail job as an entry level sales person and the company is a teeny bit different as far as what they call “selling culture” is concerned but girl still loves job and the people she works with.
Unfortunately and fortunately, thanks to betrayal from past friends and lovers, I know when a relationship is going to be a not-so-good one. Things were getting completely out of control as far as how I was being treated in regards to keeping me in the loop as far as scheduling goes. I was also getting shifts were I was mostly put in charge of recovering the store (ie: cleaning) which I do enjoy a lot but on the same coin being told that my sales were struggling at times as a result of that. I’d requested to be scheduled for busier times of the day to counterbalance that and my requests are thrown to the wayside. I’d sat with our District Manager and my Manager in a meeting to get things out in the open as far as how I was feeling, and apparently that got thrown to the wayside as well. I mean, I’m literally running myself ragged to make a few dollars on the side when my gym job is a little slow and getting on average 4-5 hours of sleep a night in doing so.
I’ll preface the next paragraph with this, I do and did enjoy what I was doing. And I was and still am, very thankful that in the struggling Southern California job market that I had another job to afford me buying random crap and the occasional latte. But this was something that went on for over a year and actually began to cost me money in gas and lost hours at gym job. Plus, when I wasn’t a happy camper. Not. One. Bit.
It all came to a head when what would turn out to be my final shift, I’d taken a peek at the calender almost by accident. A later shift of mine had mysteriously disappeared on it and anyone that knows me will tell you that when it comes to scheduling my life, I’m on top of it. I know where I’ve got to be and when like the back of my hand, so someone had apparently changed the schedule. Again. And not informed me. Again. And had I not looked at the schedule I’d have showed up after battling holiday traffic and the crazies in the parking garages for nothing. Again. I don’t get how in this day and age with texting, emailing, smoke signals and the good ‘ole fashion seven digit method you can’t get in touch with someone to inform them that scheduling has been changed. Again. This was a common occurrence, along with other neglect and overall treating associates like they should strictly be focused on SELL, SELL, SELL, SELL, SELL rather than living and breathing human beings at retail job and I’m sorry, that is unacceptable. There should be and there has to be a balance between the two and honestly it ain’t that darn difficult to do!
So I did it. I was done.
Now where do I go from here?
Well, now I have free time to explore what I’m really passionate about again, Community Management. It is my ultimate goal for 2012 and a field that I’m really gnawing at the bit to get into. Pre-all of this, I’d been networking a tiny bit with folks on Twitter and on Warcraft blogs and now I’ll further delve into it so that I can make it happen and hopefully very soon. Its a field that I’m very confident that I’ve got the basic skill-set for I’ve just got to get out there more and acquire some of the deeper “stuff” for. So if any of you out there in the internets are reading this and know anyone looking for a fledgling CM, please drop my name in passing. I’d love the opportunity and I’ve got afternoons free!