Great starting job and for school.
Pros: flexible hours, education and skills training, reasonable part-time pay
Cons: small workforce (but dependable), not a life-long job (unless manager)
For the entire 7 years that I have worked at Pet Valu, I never could have asked for a more rewarding part-time experience. I was 16 years old in High School when I was hired, and I stayed with the company all throughout school and into the present day because of their flexibility in working with me during my school schedule as well as with my school workload outside of classes. Pet Valu is not an enormous store as compared to it's competitors, but on a normal day to day basis, there was always something that needed to be done. Even when everything that needed to be done was finished, I would still seek out extra duties to attend to and would take on responsibilities to help out as much as I could around the store The hardest part about this job was also the part that made this job worth being a part of, and that was learning all the products we sold, and most importantly exploring pet food and pet nutrition. Even outside of working at Pet Valu, I had found a passion in researching brands of pet food, pet nutrition and pet food ingredients. By doing this I was able to recommend foods and products to my customers with research and information to back it up. Customers were not blindly led to buy any product, as I would make absolutely sure that they found exactly what their pet needed and that they would come back satisfied and happy with our service. Overall, I may have only worked for this one company for seven years versus bouncing around between jobs, but I felt committed to it and sought to do my best to make a lasting impression while working there until I am able to find a permanent career path.