Thursday, April 1, 2010

I'm a 29 year-old glorified intern

At least for the next two days I am. Yesterday Liza told me they needed a fashion assistant at Women's Health to help with organizing and returning samples in the closet, and without hesitation I told her I was the girl for the job! I know a lot of people with my experience would turn their nose up at tedious, entry-level work, but not this girl. No. way.

I don't think Starbucks runs are in the job description, but if I'm called to do one, I will. With a smile on my face. And let's face it, "fashion assistant" is just a fancy title for CLOSET BITCH. At 29 years-old, I'm a glorified intern. And I'm OK with that. Why? Because I need money. And I know that any opportunity can lead to another one. Plus, the thought of just being in an office excites me. Human interaction, hooray!

Remember this post where I talked about swallowing pride? Well, I'm doing it again. Gulp. When's the last time you had to? And what's your least favorite task you have to do at work?


  1. Hi Ellen!

    I just wanted to say how much I love your blog. Mostly because I have been in your same situation for over a year. I am 29 and lost my job in Dec 2008. I didn't see it coming and it really hurt, especially because it was the 2nd time in my life that I had lost a job. I had been at this job for almost 3yrs. Unfortunately I live in Michigan and the economy was/is horrendous here. It's been a tough year, but your blog has really helped. Your post where you had a little bit of a meltdown, it was like you were taking the words out of my mouth. Keeping myself from feeling like a failure is a struggle most days. In regards to your post today, again, I completely relate because I have finally secured a full-time position that I will start next week. And you know what? It's entry-level and hourly. And that's okay. Why? Because of all the reasons you stated in your post.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. If you ever wonder if your blog has a purpose or is really helping people out in the world, know that it does. Atleast it does for me.

    Take care!

  2. never know what this could potentially lead to you! I am proud of you for doing it!! :)

  3. this is a great post. I'm 25 and am pretty smart and have to swallow my pride sometimes!

  4. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. It's all about swallowing your pride to get ahead. For me, there is no task too menial when I think someone will take note that I will do what it takes without being a pain in the arse about it.

    I recently posted end-of-rental-term notices on 172 lockers. For the bottom lockers I had to be down on my hands and knees in my suit and heels on a floor where I knew everyone. Yup. Fun.

  5. I spent 4 hours in a junk yard in Macon for work yesterday. I have a redneck to prove it. There are sometimes things we do for our jobs (or for potential jobs) that ain't pretty.

    Enjoy your part-time work.


  6. Hey nm! Thanks for the comment :) I can't tell you how much your words mean. SERIOUSLY. Keep on keepin' on, girlfriend. xo

    Thanks, MHP--your positivity is INFECTIOUS, I love it!!!

    Hi Elizabeth! Yup, we've all been there. Unfortunately, it probably won't be the last time! But hey, it's all character building, right?

    Ohh Kim, I remember that post. Too funny! Didn't it involve running into your EX too? Double fail.

    Wow Shannon, that sounds even more glamorous than being stuck in a closet all day long :)

  7. Take it. I see no problem with it. I think I may look for an internship.

  8. It happens Ellen. My father got laid off after working at a Manufacturing Plant for 30 Years. He was plant manager for 2 plants here in Jersey and another in North Carolina. He had over 200 people under him. At the age of 62 he had to basically hit restart. Between the soft job market and the age descrimination he faced he did everything from pumping gas, to running a car wash at a car dealership. Being in manufacturing in the USA myself, I hope to not get faced with the same end result. When possible, "buy American" guys. Its hard to do.

    I don't feel like anything is too demeaning. I'll do anthing required. Just because I'm the plant Engineer doesn't mean I can't push a broom, it just means I'm wasting the company's money.