Pretty soon after the furniture company let-down, I was contacted by the general manager of a chain of niche shops. I say niche shop, because the stores he owns sell nothing but honey, and products associated with honey. This was yet another part time position I had applied for; managing the shop based in Ghent.
He called me on the phone and asked me to come in the following day for a short interview. About ten minutes into the conversation it seemed he had heard everything he needed to hear, and asked me when I was available to start. Considering I was unemployed and eager for work, I agreed to begin my job training the very next day.
After three days of on-the-job training, I was handed the keys to the shop and the shop’s banking card for making the daily deposits. I now run the shop together with a colleague (another master graduate unable to find diploma-related work, hired one week after I was). We each work three days a week, keeping the shop up and running Monday through Saturday.
I’ve been working here for about a month and a half now, and I can certainly say I’m enjoying it. I enjoy the calm, kind nature of the people who come into the shop. I enjoy the responsibility and independence given to me from day one on the job. I do everything from sales, stocking shelves, managing the money that comes in and goes out, placing orders, and doing the required accounting and administrative work. Is it the most challenging job ever? Certainly not. Is it a job for life? Not that either.
But after all the disappointment I’ve faced over the past 6 months, it is nice to finally come up for air and relax a little. It’s wonderful not to have to write application letters on the daily, and it’s especially great not to get rejected every five minutes. Since handing me the keys nearly two months ago, I haven’t even seen the general manager once, which to me says they’re happy with the numbers my colleague and I are laying down.
But of course, that doesn’t mean I’m settling and forgetting all about writing. The free days that initially were going to be spent on further studies, I am now investing in following one of my life-long dreams.
… But more on that later.