Ranch Reflection – First day at work

Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.

Erin Eilers – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The alarm clock blares and your least favorite noise fills your ears as you jolt up to start your day.

Who are we kidding? You’re going to lay in bed for ten more minutes until you have to get up for your first day of an after-school job.

Time to trade in those faithful afternoon naps and say “sayonara” to that warm comfy bed that’s always ready for you to sink into it.

You’re nervous, you’re tired, and you might be a little stressed. Getting a first job is a big deal, and it’s your time to shine.

When you start your first job, your parents are going to be proud. Their baby is growing up right before their eyes, and the kid that used to cry in the sand box is now a hard-working adult eager to please.

Now that you’re working, your parents aren’t the only ones you need to impress, your boss needs to see your accomplishments as well.

Getting a job will teach you many things, if you work in a pizzeria you’ll learn how your food is really prepared, and you’ll learn about the secret chatter that goes on about so-called “bad tippers.”

If you work in a daycare, you’ll realize how you were at that age.

Every job in one way or another will teach you guiding steps down the path of greatness. If you show initiative and try your hardest there is no way you will fail, even if it’s your first day and you are as nervous as can be.

The money certainly isn’t hefty, and the hours aren’t the greatest, but you can’t expect your future career in your first job. And to answer the most important question, yes, you will be expected to clean the bathroom.

This is your time to test the waters and see what you would enjoy, there are tons of different types of positions ready to be filled by bright eyed teenagers ready to learn and grow.

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