Post # 1
What are some jobs you think everybody should have to experience?
For me, this phrase comes up a lot when working customer service jobs. When I waited tables, I heard it a lot, and I’m currently working on the phonelines for an auto dealership doing warm calls (people submit their info for auto requests online and then we call and try to schedule appointments) and I’ve heard it a lot here too, after uninterested customers yell at us, hang up, lie, and do everything under the sun except say “I’m not interested, put me on do not call”
I’d think some other ones would be retail, teaching, nursing….
Post # 5
Working in a school, especially with students with special needs. Compassion goes a long way in life. Also something related to finance. Working in my university’s financial aid office, its horrifying how little students know about money.
Post # 6
Teaching. It’s so hard to understand when you’ve never done it. And I agree with serving too!
Haha, tech support makes me think of the story I heard about someone calling to say they broke the cup holder on their computer. Finally, the tech figured out the person was describing the cd rom drive.
Post # 7
TELEMARKETING. Worst job I’ve ever had, and I was in high school. People were horrible!
Post # 8
I’ve worked in retail before, even during holidays and it was a piece of cake! Im sure some places are worse than others. Didn’t pay much though.
Post # 9
I had to add one to my own post – cart pushers. The (usually) teenagers in Walmart, Krogers, etc that are outside all day putting carts away.
I had 2 friends who did that and it’s hard, repetitive, uncomfortable work because usually one or two people end up doing most of it and they can’t be inside for too long. I remember yelling at my husband because he didn’t put his cart away. I was like “How would you like to be the person who has to pull this heavy line of carts all over the lot because some lazy customer didn’t feel like pushing it another 30 seconds to the correct stall?”
Post # 11
Cashier anywhere. People get impatient with you, even when it’s not your fault but you’re the front line so they always take it out on you without waiting for a customer service rep or manager
Post # 12
Hm… I dunno. I was a server for years at three different restaurants, but mostly what it taught me (which seems to be the opposite of most people for reasons I can’t figure out) is that it is just NOT THAT HARD. Same with working retail, I did that too. I did work in a grocery store as a cashier for a while and that job sucked, mostly because it was so boring and you don’t get to move around.
But I guess I don’t really think there are any jobs it is important for people to do to “learn perspective” or whatever. What’s the point? Anyone who treats strangers badly is an asshole anyways and working a shitty job probably wouldn’t change that.
Post # 13
Definitely restaurant & retail work.
Post # 14
customer service, (cashiering, waiting tables, ect)
Post # 16
@CorgiTales: I agree. I never worked in food services but I worked retail and various other phone and office jobs as well as some teaching type jobs. it’s just not that hard. I respect everyone who does their job well no matter what the job is. But if someone is completely incompetent and it’s affecting me i’m not going to have much patience.