I Thought I had the Golden Ticket?*

So I’m thinking that I may have been too harsh on the ugly boys in my earlier post. Ugly boys need love too, right?

If you don’t see where this is going, I got a job. At Starbucks. Yay?

I’m think that working there is what I had said I had too much integrity to to do. Turns out desperate times really do call for humility. A lot of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Starbucks, as a customer.  I am feeling a bit embarrassed that they are the only company that I could convince to hire me. My old English professor told me that all I would ever do with my Sociology degree was work at McDonalds and clean bathrooms. It’s hard to shake the feeling that he’s right. And it pains me to say that since I despised him. We go to University to get our golden ticket to the career we want and this leaves us feeling entitled.  I always thought that people would be begging me to come work for them. Needless to say, that has not happened. Maybe losing that sense of entitlement is a really good thing. Plus I can still look for a great job and not be stressed about money or a time crunch while I do.

So if you’ve ever wondered what training is like at Starbucks here it is:

The first few days consist of you reading a lot of books facts about coffee and Starbucks. Then you get to watch a really boring video about how to put a mop away. Then you practice writing drinks on cups. Today they actually let me make drinks. Not for customers of course. I made every hot drink on the menu for myself and then had to drink them. That is a lot of espresso for one girl to power down in 4 hours. Needless to say I am a little wired. The people there are really nice and one girl showed me how to make whip cream. Making whip cream is everyone’s favorite task because it makes this whoosh sound when you charge them. Turns out those that being a Barista is a lot more work than just making coffee. We have to wipe tables every 10 minutes, clean bathrooms, change the garbage, wash dishes, etc. Plus you have to wear ugly clothes and stand on your feet for 8 hours.

But it gets me lots of free coffee for all my friends and I actually hang out with people during the day, so it’s not so bad.