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Barista

May 2021 • Mankato, MN

What I liked

Okay, so right off the bat I'm just going to say that I'm biased. I've always wanted to learn how to be a barista, and because I'm a mega bookworm, I've wanted to work at Barnes & Noble for forever! So this is kind of a dream job of mine, and it's totally lived up to my expectations! The managers are so kind and helped me feel at home from day one, and the employees were super patient with me when I was training and feeling insecure for knowing, well, basically nothing about being a barista! The work is challenging, especially when there are big rushes of people, but time seems to fly by on shifts, and because I've made lots of friends it's really fun working with everyone! In addition to being a barista, I'm also being trained to work on the book floor as well, so not only do I get to have a great time making drinks, I also get to work with my one true love: books! Double-whammy! It's a different change of pace from working in the cafe, but again, people have been patient with me, and it's been an enjoyable time learning how to help the customers and my coworkers.

What I wish was different

To be honest, I wish it paid a little more, but the most important thing is that I love my job. I'd rather be working somewhere I love that pays a little less than I want than somewhere I hate that pays me tons of money.

Advice

Learning all the different types of drinks and recipes was overwhelming at first. But don't be afraid to ask questions and to make as many drinks as possible, even if they feel too complicated. In my experience, that's the best way to learn and remember. With lots of practice, you'll be a pro in no time!
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bookseller

September 2018 - July 2019 • Fort Wayne, IN

What I liked

I loved the coworkers, the ability to learn multiple jobs within the store, and the ability to gain more responsibility or to earn promotions.

What I wish was different

I wish employees were paid more and allowed more freedoms so that there would be a smaller turnover rate and employees could become more knowledgeable in their areas.

Advice

They work really well with your class schedule, just be up front about what you need.
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Bookseller

June 2019 • Moraga, CA

What I liked

I love my managers, they're super nice and helpful during the training. I also really like the job, I enjoy selling retail and selling/renting textbooks, the processing of it all is just fun to me.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

You need patience and you HAVE to work hard. This is not a lazy job.
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FP&A Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Really friendly and team-first culture

What I wish was different

Perhaps a bit more structure in the program

Advice

Take advantage of the resources and people that surround you
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Barista

October 2017 - August 2018 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

The managers and other employees are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and want to help you invest in your future.

What I wish was different

I wish scheduling was more efficient.

Advice

If you go in with a positive attitude, the job and experiences you have will reward you.
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