Finding a casual job as a student might not be the easiest thing to do, especially when you’re studying in a city like Sunderland; small with little to no job opportunities. I lost count of the amount of people that asked me to put in their CV in the restaurant where I work at, most people can’t find a job. But what happened to me? I had the job sorted out before arriving to England! And for that, I am thankful…
So my friend who talked me into coming with him to Sunderland arrived here two weeks before me (because of some trouble I had with my visa and papers), he wasn’t even looking for work when he met another Egyptian who told him “You won’t believe what I saw on my way to university, there is an Egyptian restaurant that is opening soon and they have a sign that staff is needed.” And so, they went and talked to the owner, Sam, and told him that there is three Egyptians in the city at the moment and a forth one (myself) arriving soon, and he promised jobs for all four of us!
Yes, we spent like 4 full days in the restaurant helping out, unpaid. But if that helped with anything, it made me feel like it’s my own place. 🙂
I am still working in that restaurant, almost 5 months now, and I am so happy to see it getting bigger and more famous with amazing reviews! (My personal review of the restaurant will be up soon)
It’s my first time having a real boss. You see, in the pharmacy, the boss was my father, i.e. I was my own boss. Then the other place I worked at was the school in Indonesia and I can’t really say I had a “boss”, I was the “Native English American White Person”, I could basically do whatever I want and they’d accept it because I was the school’s marketing plan (Not that I did…apart from the occasional late for the 7 am class, I didn’t demand much…) BUT, I couldn’t have imagined a better boss at work! Sam is an amazing person. (He’s a better boss than my dad! Mom if you read this don’t tell dad I said that. 😉 )
I’ve met amazing people in work, most of them are just very nice people! I learned a lot. Well at least I can say I worked in hospitality…Plus learning other things that I probably wouldn’t have learnt otherwise…Sales and customer service and making sure the customers are enjoying the experience…etc. Yes I used to do the same working as a pharmacist in Egypt, but in Egypt it was just a pharmacy, you don’t really get angry customers, and the way to please the customer is just by giving him the right medication and the right advice…not much creativity. Before I get started about why I hated being a pharmacist, I’ll end this post. I just need to say it again, I am thankful to have had this job sorted out!