Friday, 14 September 2012

News just in...I have a JOB interview!!!!!!!

News just in...I have a JOB interview!!!!!!!

OK, don't get too excited it's just a part time job at Sainsbury's - working on either fish / bakery or deli..BUT... I actually want to do it. To me working in a supermarket is the equivalent to a fashion student getting their first job sweeping up factory odds and ends for Stella McCartney.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love being around food - talking about it, looking at it, reading about it and eating it. In particular, I am interested in finding out about new products and also the trends in consumer sales and choices. So working in an environment that enables me embrace my passion is surely not a bad thing.

There is also the fact that this could lead to a variety of opportunities either within Sainsbury's of the food retail industry. I have often mentioned to Rick that I would love to become a food buyer. I would take great delight in deciding what I think people would try and also buy. I know that there is much more to it than that, but thought of discovering a product that could set the market on fire gets me more excited than reading the middle of 50 Shades of Grey!

Now, I do love Sainsbury's, I shop there every week (the twins are very well known for their, how can I put it - rambunctiousness throughout the store. I think they probably have the twins photo up in staff room saying BEWARE). However, in an enchanted world, I would love to eventually end up working in a top class food hall. I have actually thought about contacting the food halls of Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Wholefoods or Selfridges to see if I could do some work experience with their food buying team, but would they want to take on a 34 year old with no experience.

See, there's a couple of issues, no training/experience and I'm no spring chicken. Will people really want to take a risk on me? The argument for it is that being 34 I've got a lot out of my system and I'm settled down. At 34, there is less chance of me flipping and flapping through careers, I don't really have the time or energy for that. With age comes a different kind of experience, alongside the eagerness comes a little bit more sense and sensibility, affording you a little more confidence and assurance in the work that you carry out. I think you tend to handle things differently, maybe more logically as the eagerness comes with a little hesitation rather than a two footed leap that many young people take.

Of course, I may not even get this job at Sainsbury, I just might not be what they are looking for. Should I be dumbing myself down? I'm hoping that the interviewer would be encouraged by my ambition, drive and see the potential in me for future opportunities, rather than be put off. But I'm still a bit unsure how to approach the interview situation.

When I found out I'd got the interview, I honestly felt for the first time in a long time that I could feel the blood coursing through my veins and the colour coming back into my cheeks. I guess it's given me a bit of fire in the belly and unlocked a part of my brain that I thought I'd lost the key to. I've realised there is so much that I can do and want to do, but I may just need to reign things in a little and learn to channel this new wave of enthusiasm towards something fruitful and productive.

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