This is Ben, how can I help you? It has begun. I’ve got a summer job in a call center at a garage door company. I know how exciting that sounds, but please stop your leg from shaking and your hand from trembling. It’s really quite mundane. I come in at 9:00, clock in, sit down at my cubicle, put on my headset, and sit. For five hours. Then I get my lunch break and another three hours before I drag myself home and go to sleep (or out with friends.) I feel very professional sitting in an office with my shirt tucked in, but this job has given me more so far than just summer money and work experience.
I’ve learned that I want never ever to work in a call center or in a bland service job after this year. This job has given me even more motivation to go to college and get into a career that I really enjoy. I don’t want retirement to be the happiest part of my job, which seemed the case in an employee of ten years who retired a few days ago. If anybody wants to skip out on college and just “see how things go,” try working forty hours a week for a garage door company or for any of the other exciting service companies out there. Then tell me college is for squares.