Pros: schedule was conducive to staying in school, no work on weekends, competitive pay and benefits
Cons: high stress and long hours during the holidays made finals difficult
From training new employees, managing teams of 10-20+ union employees in varying job functions to data entry and analysis in high pressure, time-sensitive situations, working for UPS was one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I have had.
Working amongst fellow college student, there was a definite sense of teamwork. Not only did everyone work – more... together to provide the best service to the customer, the camaraderie extended to volunteer and charity events as well as social gatherings.
A promotion at nineteen meant managing union employees of my parents' generation. Garnering such respect was an on-going challenge, but one that I overcame. I was never the supervisor of the same team for more than a year, constantly being reassigned to "most-help-needed" areas whether for production, safety or attendance issues. It was important to encourage team-building amongst employees, especially as many were new to the work force.
Eight years of developing strong communication skills, time management, cultivating professional relationships and coping with the chaos that is the holiday season while working towards my associates' degree has prepared me to face new challenges. – less