Working as a cleaner wasn’t what I was dreaming about when I was at school, but when I started my university studies I had to do the job hunting to be able to make a living, since my family wasn’t able to provide me a full financial support. I tried different jobs, but never could stay at any of those longer than 2 months.
First I was a waitress at one of the fast food restaurants. The job was disgusting since I am a vegetarian and used to eat healthy food, so I couldn’t stand spending so many hours per day in a place that was so unhealthy and the smell of my clothes and my hair after work was just killing me. I tried applying for a flight attendant position, which is basically a waitress in the air, but it appeared I wasn’t tall enough. After failing in waitressing I went working as a shop assistant in a shoe shop, but after receiving my salary in boots instead of money I had to quit.
Working in a call centre didn’t work for me as I couldn’t overcome being shy over the phone. Then I accidentally run into one of my classmates on the street. I told her about all the fails I had with the job hunting and she told me about the cleaning company she was working at. I decided to try it, since she said that the salary is quite high and the schedule is flexible, so I could do that and continue my university studies. It seemed difficult at the beginning, especially when I needed to do the carpet cleaning in the afternoon for instance and just couple of hours later I was in a bus to do the carpet cleaning in Kingston. But I learned how to save my time quite fast. I always had my university text books with me and started studying on my way from one part of London to another. Since I had a lot of time and nothing else to do, my grades even became better. This is how my job helped me with my studies, but when I graduate I don’t want to do the cleaning ever again.