For my job shadowing assignment I decided to job shadow my mom. My mom owns her own business and I thought it would be interesting to see how much work and effort it actually takes to run a business. Although business seems to be detached from the major I would like to pursue, ecology, I still wanted to explore and learn about running a business. I began my job shadowing at 11 in the morning. My mom begins her typical Wednesday by prepping the cash register and the front. She does things such as making sure the correct amount of money is in the register, cleaning her place of work, and making sure that she is not missing anything from her weekly order to places such as SYSCO or USFOODS. My mom has gained a great amount of experience and knowledge due to the fact of her being in the business for quite a while. This was much like a typical day. My mom usually works form 11 in the morning until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. She is only there to supervise during that time or sometimes if it gets very busy she’ll jump in the register to help. The most stressful part of working at the restaurant would have to be the fact that you deal with people on a daily basis. This makes it very hard, say that you’re having a ruff day, well that doesn’t really matter when it comes to work, you must leave all the personal baggage at home. Also being able to handle the register and memorizing the prices of each individual item can be very tedious at times.
The job was somewhat more difficult than I anticipated. A lot goes into running a business, especially a restaurant, which is open 7 days a week. It’s hard work every day, and organization is key. Small things such as ordering certain foods or even making up a schedule for the employees can be very time consuming and stressful. I believe that this experience has helped me grow as a person. It has pushed me even closer to my goal of majoring in ecology. I don’t think I would have the ability to deal with such a...
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