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    I'm 16 years old and I managed to get a job at new River Island store. I've been working here for a month and a half now and I absolutely hate it. Aside from being able to spend my cash every month with my wage and 40% discount, I see no other real benefit from the job.

    I am constantly put on fitting room for my full shift (3-5hrs) which is the bane of my life. Due to the store being so little, we do not receive many customers so I basically stare into space for 5 hours straight.

    I don't seem to get along with the other females in store, we have very different interests. Those I work with enjoy partying and drinking in contrast to me who has never partied nor drank in my life. Now normally this wouldn't be any bother to me, but constantly hearing this for 5 hours straight makes my shift that much more strenuous.

    Now I don't know if I'm just being an over dramatic spoilt 16 year old who's never worked a day in her life before this, or if it's actually normal to experience these things in a job. I just know that ever since I started working, i've been more stressed than usual and even more tired and less interested in sixth form. I work 4 shifts a week, and I'm starting to worry that this is going to impact my education.


    WHAT DO I DO?????


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    time to leave. theres no point doing a job if u arent enjoying it
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    If it's impacting your happiness or your education, leave. A part time job in retail simply isn't worth the stress.
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    I'd love to get paid to stare into space for 3-5 hours. I don't understand when my colleagues complain that there is "no work to do" because we are literally getting paid to do nothing.
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    In any job, you won't expect to be best friends with your colleagues, so long as you can work together and be civil towards each other. Your colleagues will have different interests to you as they are of different ages, and it can feel alienating, but what you have to remember is that you are there to work and make money, not socialise. If you can make friends at work, it is a bonus but not the most important thing.

    You are making money and getting a good discount, and it does provide good experience for future jobs. Retail isn't always the most exciting of work, I imagine you must have busy periods too. You won't be working there forever, just to save some money for things that you want to do later on. If you can stick it out, try to do so. If you really can't stand it, you could start to look for other jobs.
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    I had the same problem with Debenhams (I lasted 6 weeks). I worked previous jobs and loved actually having work to do. But at Debenhams we were always overstaffed and virtually nobody came into the store, so everyone would desperately try to find something they could do to pass the time. I would recommend keeping at it for the experience/money, whilst trying to apply for other jobs; and possibly mention to your supervisor/manager that you feel like you're not being very productive.
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    do less hours...go on your phone
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    (Original post by cheesecakelove)
    In any job, you won't expect to be best friends with your colleagues, so long as you can work together and be civil towards each other. Your colleagues will have different interests to you as they are of different ages, and it can feel alienating, but what you have to remember is that you are there to work and make money, not socialise. If you can make friends at work, it is a bonus but not the most important thing.

    You are making money and getting a good discount, and it does provide good experience for future jobs. Retail isn't always the most exciting of work, I imagine you must have busy periods too. You won't be working there forever, just to save some money for things that you want to do later on. If you can stick it out, try to do so. If you really can't stand it, you could start to look for other jobs.
    This was really helpful thank you.
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    (Original post by Paisley99)
    do less hours...go on your phone
    I'm too afraid to ask for less hours, there are easily many other people who would happily take my job with the many hours without a complaint so I'm afraid i'll lose my job if i ask.
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    (Original post by prophetkid)
    I had the same problem with Debenhams (I lasted 6 weeks). I worked previous jobs and loved actually having work to do. But at Debenhams we were always overstaffed and virtually nobody came into the store, so everyone would desperately try to find something they could do to pass the time. I would recommend keeping at it for the experience/money, whilst trying to apply for other jobs; and possibly mention to your supervisor/manager that you feel like you're not being very productive.
    This is exactly the problem. I'm going to try and keep at it, but as far as money is concerned with the little I do get I spend it all straight away
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    (Original post by mistypoison)
    I'd love to get paid to stare into space for 3-5 hours. I don't understand when my colleagues complain that there is "no work to do" because we are literally getting paid to do nothing.
    I understand how being paid to do nothing sounds like a good ideal, but having something to do would make the time go quicker instead of it dragging.
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    (Original post by bones-mccoy)
    If it's impacting your happiness or your education, leave. A part time job in retail simply isn't worth the stress.
    I'm gonna try and keep going until christmas, its just the idea of having no money again thats stopping me from leaving now.
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    (Original post by MaryBell21)
    I'm too afraid to ask for less hours, there are easily many other people who would happily take my job with the many hours without a complaint so I'm afraid i'll lose my job if i ask.
    say you have school work? they shouldn't say anything because you are a student and they should respect that...what happens after that you shouldn't worry about but I don't think you'll lose your job just by asking
 
 
 
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