Despite occasionally b*tching

I started working when I was 16 years old and have remained employed with at least one job (sometimes two or three) continuously ever since. Despite occasionally b*tching about it, Ive always been thankful for the fact that I had to work during high school and college because it taught me a lot of valuable lessons at a young age and prepared me for the real world (whatever that means). It also taught me a lot about what I like to do and what I dont like to do. As much as I love the game of tennis, teaching it to 6 and 7 year olds got old in about five minutes, and wiping up sweat from tanning beds got old just by looking at it. Upon graduating from college, my career opportunities improved immensely, and I took at job as the Development and Marketing Associate at a non-profit that focused on mental health issues in adolescence. The job was challenging and rewarding, but I knew that I needed to go back to school in order to obtain an upper level position in which my full skill set could be utilized. As I studied for the LSAT and worked on admissions letters, I decided to take a job that required little to no thinking whatsoever, as to not detract from my academic ambitions. This is how I ended up working with Emily as the Spatial Arrangement Coordinator of Central 214.Through all of the different job titles that I have held, from the simplest to the most demanding, there is one thing that I have always found to be true: I perform better under positive and encouraging leadership. It was clear when I first started working with Emily at Central 214, that she did not feel supported by her superiors. In fact, she was intimidated and flat out afraid of Blythe, who would only talk to her long enough to pat her on the head and say, Marry well. Blythe then began to refer to both of us as the brain trust and would talk about feeling stupider just being around us. I personally love Blythes biting sense of humor, and I would never let her sarcasm affect my self-esteem. I may not be a rocket scientist, but I am intelligent, driven, and confident that I am going to end up doing something worthwhile with my life. Emily, on the other hand, is young. She just turned 21, and shes really just now at the point where she is trying to find herself and figure out what she has to offer the world. Being a hostess at a nice restaurant is not her ultimate goal in life, even if she hasnt quite decided what that goal is. It cant be good for her personal development when those around her make her feel unintelligent and unworthy. Additionally, I definitely dont think it creates an atmosphere where Emily feels motivated to do well in her position. What happened to girl power, people? Im not trying to say that Emily isnt responsible for her own actions and mistakes inside the restaurant walls. Of course she is. If Emilys not paying attention and gives away a reserved table or shows up late to work, theres really no one to blame but Emily. I just hate to see a young, vibrant woman who has a lot of potential be dumped on for making a few errors at an easy job. Should she be reprimanded? Sure. Should she be fired if she continues to make mistakes? Absolutely. She still, however, deserves respect.

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