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  • Grade: 95

"Hello, welcome to McDonald's, can I take your order please?" "Thank you, come again." These are just a few phrases that are attached to part-time jobs. There are a couple of reasons why people apply for part-time jobs. Some may need the extra money, or maybe they are just bored. I simply got one because I wanted the money. But whatever the reason is, I realized that I profited from the jobs more than I could ever imagine.

The experience gained from a part-time job is priceless. My first job was being a waitress at my parent's friend's restaurant. I thought being a waitress was to just be friendly and take orders and then the customers would leave you a generous tip for writing down their order so well. I had a positive outlook and attitude on my first day at work; however, things did not go as I had hoped for. First, I did not make myself clear enough to the cook when I asked him not to add garlic to a customer's dish. He mistakenly thought I said to add extra garlic to the dish and the customer was obviously not happy. Then, I spilled a cup of soda on a customer's blouse. To make things worse, one of the restaurant's most loyal customers demanded to speak with my manager because she accused me of spitting in her drink. Just from this one day of working, I learned that being a waitress meant much more than taking orders. You must live by the "customers are always right" motto and good communication is a must. I obviously was not a waitress for very long. My next job was a cashier at a supermarket. The ability to communicate well with patrons here was a very vital part of my job. Currently, I am a nail technician where my development of communication skills is very useful when working with my clients. Through my part-time jobs, I have come across many real world situations that I now have knowledge of.

Each new job, whether it is part-time or full-time, comes with new tasks and responsibilities. My mother told me that after my first job, she saw improvements in me at home. I made sure all of my chores were done thoroughly and on time. I even did some of my sister's chores because I had a little extra time on my hands. My teachers saw such an improvement with my turning in my work on time that they often praised me and called my parents to compliment me on my new attitude towards school. Not only did I see being responsible as being an advantage, it often came with rewards. After being so irresponsible for so long, my parents trusted me more. That meant that they were more lenient and I had more freedom. I had a new perspective on being responsible and how it can make such a positive impact for not only me, but for everyone around me.

Once in a while I indulge and spoil myself with something expensive. Since I was working, my mother declared that she was cutting off my allowance. When she was still giving me allowance, the phrase "spending money like water" was all too familiar with me. There was this little store in the mall called Sanrio Surprises where all my money would flow. Anything new there was what I invested my precious allowance in. It did not even matter what it was or how I was going to get it; I just had to get it no matter what.

After much of sweat and tears to earn my deserved money, the value of money was worth a hundred times more than what it used to be. Now there was always a doubt or second thought about if I should spend my money on something I merely had interest in. I now analyze in my head if something is worth it or if I should just save my money for something more worthwhile. When I started working for my money, my ways of impulse spending was over. I have learned since then what the value of money is. I would call myself anything but frugal. I just simply learned to be a wise shopper.

So, why are you working a part-time job? The most obvious reason would be for the paycheck at the end of the week. But think about it; what have you really learned from the dreadful days of flipping burgers? The hidden benefits will come to you when you least expect.

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