It was the first time I had to work according to a well-established schedule. I was very excited in my first day at work as I had to meet new people whom I hoped to get along with. My boss was Colombian, who had been living in Spain for fifteen years, and who seemed to be a kind-hearted person. I told him that I hadn't worked before in a bar, neither somewhere else. He answered that I was going to learn very quickly what I had to do and that I would be lucky to work with his seventeen-years-old daughter, who was very friendly.
Therefore, on my first day at work I tried to be calm and optimistic, especially because I was going to have my first job in a foreign country among foreign people. The worst thing for me was that I had to wake up at six o'clock in the mor
ning, which is an unusual thing for the majority of people in Spain who begin work at nine o'clock and can't live without their siesta at two o'clock in the afternoon. Anyway, that was the schedule and I had to respect it because it was the first time could I demonstrate myself that I was able to do this important step in our lives, which is called 'job'.
The first week at the cafe-bar was the hardest in my life. First, I had to accommodate with getting up at six in the morning and start work at seven, until four in the afternoon. Then, I had to learn how to prepare five types of coffee, each one being served in a special cup and having a special name, but I was lucky that my boss showed me how to correctly prepare them. Moreover, I had to learn how to take the waiter and maintain a good position of my body and look at the same time. My boss explained me that it was very important to walk with elegancy when carrying the waiter, and also that smiling and being polite to customers was the key to my success as a waiter.
In one week's time I learned almost everything, not only how to prepare coffee or cocktails, but also how to make sandwiches and 'perritos', the Spanish version for the American 'hot-dogs'.
To conclude, even if my first job lasted just two months, and I can call it a summer job, it was a very good experience for me as I had a lot of things to learn and I proved myself that I am able to respect a schedule and integrate in a group at work.
My First Job written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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