Always wonder on this sort of thread.....I did loads of jobs when I was younger and just got on with it.....wasn't always fun but paid enough for what I needed. Loads of people would be lazy or phoning in sick....then wondered why things didn't open up for them. Never worked in a call centre but find it hard to believe they would promote mates all the time over people that work hard and get results (probably the ones that suck up as I've noted ).Worked in customer service for EDF at 2 Touch rather than sales for a year while I waited for my security clearance for my current role to come back, as I knew I could get started there immediately basically and get some money coming in between university and my “proper” graduate job.
Really benefitted me tbh, improved the social side of me that you don’t get at university (not in the same professional way anyway) and it wasn’t the worst job in the world. As I’m a qualified mathematician, they had me off the phones regularly within a few weeks and fixing more complex cases (that weren’t actually complex at all still) around metering issues and backdating bills several years. It was nice really being able to leave the office and not think about work in the slightest until your next shift, something I can only dream of having now.
And I had a young 1 year old at the time, so was a god send to have that extra time at home of only working contracted hours.
In a weird way, was one of the more enjoyable times of my life. Maybe because I joined with a start date for my next job, was honest in interview and said I needed a job for 14 months and I’d then be leaving and they were happy with that too. Mutually beneficial arrangement, as 14 months is probably way longer than their average staff turnover.
Biggest issue for me in there is a lot of the people don’t help themselves - loads phoning in sick, turning up with shit attitudes, not trying to help customers, etc., and just being in a general sulk about the job. If you turn up in a bad mood everyday then there’s only one thing going to happen to your career there
Never a truer word spoken.
Also, I left mine in a good position with a very good relationship. I know if i lost my job tomorrow and rang you they’d find a new role for me. Whilst not perfect, it’s still graft and pays the bills, so you have that extra security behind you. Shouldn’t be overestimated, job security, in having a happy life