Fun and interactive, physically demanding, no advancement opportunities
Text Associate (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 24 July 2016
I worked mainly the afternoon shift, partly assisting students find their text based on course schedules/codes through the inventory system and from printouts. The remainder of the shift was restocking shelves once the store closed working until midnight. Team work is essential, sharing information with each other helps students.
Hardest part: physically lifting very heavy boxes and restocking
Enjoyable part: working with new and old students, discussing subjects of study and relating own experiences at university
I learned to use a new system to look up the books related to different courses.
Management is split between upper and lower floors; lower floor (text department) managers were very flexible, helpful. Upper floor a bit impatient and demanding.
Unfortunately no advancement opportunities (even for full-time regular employees in the textbook department)
meeting the students, helping them find books, could listen to earphones if on late shift
short breaks, fast learning curve, no full time opportunities