Design & Marketing Intern
This was just a summer job but it came around at the perfect time. I actually got offered this job because an employee there knew me from working next door to them at Shi and thought I would be a good addition to their team. I had an easy interview and got hired right away. The selling system here was similar to Shi but this was a skateboard/clothing shop, not a women’s shoe store. I learned how to grip and put together skateboards and use a different cash register, which was no problem at all. I experienced the responsibility of fitting rooms and making sure customers had everything they needed. When Street League was in town, Rob Dyrdek and Mikey Taylor set up and signed autographs in the store. I was in charge of security at the front of the line and going around to people to sell skateboards, t-shirts, and other accessories. I helped completely re-organize the store for back-to-school and spent most of closing time folding t-shirts and sweatshirts.
I learned a lot here. I got the job on the spot after my interview, the same day I asked if they were hiring. I saw many people come and go and at one point I had worked there longer than anyone else. I spent my days selling women (and some men) shoes and handbags. Toward the end of my sales, jewelry, scarves, and other accessories had to be worked in there, too. I once sold over $500 worth of shoes and accessories in one hour. I was also trained in visual merchandising — I coordinated and arranged shelf and window displays and also trained some new employees. I had to work really hard to make my sales goal every day in order to receive commission. I also worked the cash register and cleaned the store. I opened and closed, stocked shoes and accessories, and attended many early and late meetings.
Though I wasn’t here for very long, I still got the experience of having my first job. I prepared fast food and beverages including soft drinks, floats, shakes, and ice cream, slushies, coffee, tea, and limeades. I took orders withholding speedy listening and speaking skills, refilled ice bins, and swept the lot. I experienced having a set time to come in to work but not a set time to leave. You could also say I’m now an expert at cutting and juicing limes.
I spent my freshman year of college abroad. It was not connected to any school in the states, but simply a design school in Florence, Italy. I learned a lot about graphic design and what it’s like to know people from all over the world. I traveled all over Italy and to a few places in Europe. I missed some birthdays and Thanksgiving at home but I found great ways to make up for it. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it.