poss new job!
as some of you know i work in the trade, the trenches! i am the man behind the counter! sometimes this is a great place to be, other times it's the most soul destroying painful work when you feel like you are surrounded by uncompromising patronising miserable unappreciative gits!
but that is like any job where you deal with the general public these days! i'm not saying all customers are bad, most are brilliant and some have become good friends/riding buddies.
but anyway, i recieved a call from a friend who works in a nearby petrochemical plant saying a job that i threw in a cv for over a year ago has possibly come up and could i get a more current cv to his boss and have a chat with him about it.
so, do i leave the trade?
pro's of bike trade
1 work with bikes (high end only, no kids bikes or bmx's)
2 good mates at shop
3 mostly good customers
4 trade discount with occasional freebies
5 hours 9-5.30
6 boss is top bloke
7 boss is building me a suzuki dr350 as a bonus (k plate, that's retro!)
8 can ride to work several ways depending on route, up to 25 miles
con's of bike trade
1 work on bikes more than i ride
2 am mates manager, can cause issues sometimes
3 customers can be *%$£&(*)&%££"!£%^&***!!!!!!!
4 trade discount just makes you spend more
5 boss can be frustrating!!! (but means well)
6 boss still hasn't finished dr350 and it's been 2 years!
7 when i don't ride it's horrible in the car coz of traffic
8 pay is so sh1t!
9 no really, pay is SO sh1t!
10 split weekend, i get thursday and sunday
11 it's never 9- 5.30
12 i wake up at night thinking did i order that part for mr smith? etc
13 in 2005 i worked 316 days of 365
14 only get 3 weeks (15 work days) off per year and it's never "the right time to take it"
new job pro's
1 starts on £27000
2 average £3000 overtime if wanted per year
3 already know lots of guys there(strangely most through riding)
4 extra £1000 a year for the internal fire service training
5 shift work 4 days off every 8 and 6 18 day periods off per year
6 yearly pay rises that are structured
7 poss chances off promotion
8 big business job security
9 will have loads more money for bike stuff
10 will beable to afford house within a year
11 loads more spare time for riding
new job con's
1 it's not what i like
2 feel like i am stitching up current boss coz he's a good bloke
3 i might hate it
4 shift work 2 days on 2 nights on 4 days off
5 12hr shifts
6 will need full on the job training (although it is what i was originally qualified for)
7 feel like i have "sold out"
8 it isn't working with bikes
please discuss, i'm off for a quick pint, be back later.
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