Legality Chronicles: First Real Job

Wow, has it not been a long time since I’ve posted anything? Almost a year, right? The last time was more or less right after my undergraduate graduation. Yes, I have been away for that long.

So why am I writing this under the Legality Chronicles, instead of just a regular post? Because technically I view this part of my life as something “adults” do. Commonly known as “Adulting“, if you’re a millennial.

Let’s start at where we left off, shall we? After I graduated, I went to my brother seeking out employment. My brother works at a Staffing Agency, which helped me get a job when I returned from Japan, and gave me small jobs throughout my school year.

While I worked various short term jobs, I also had interviews for clerical work. I was initially called to a company called Columbian Logistics Network. The job was originally for 2nd shift; 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. I accepted the position of Administrative Assistant. It was an interesting job. My main role was customer service, but my other roles included data entry, warehouse management, and the occasional problem solving (which sometimes didn’t go too well).

This job had a hell of a learning curve. You basically get one to two days to learn, and the rest of the time to retain and get it right. While you’re in the process of learning, you are also dealing with agitated, and impatient truck drivers that do not understand the meaning of “in training”. While it did have a huge learning curve, we were, for the most part, able to ask our supervisors any questions we had about any process we didn’t understand….sometimes. There were some occasions where I didn’t know anything, and the supervisor didn’t know anything either, and we had to call other employees from other shifts, but it mostly went well.

After a while on second shift, I was moved to third shift. It took some time to adjust, but once I got used to it, staying up throughout my entire shift was completely manageable. After a month or two on third, I decided to attempt to get the rest of my life together; I got back into Taekwondo.

I reached out Lakeshore Taekwondo Academy (LTA), and became an assistant instructor at LTA’s Hudsonville location. I also got back into working with the Grand Valley Taekwondo club, mostly as an alumni, but occasionally as an assistant coach. While assistant teaching, I decided to get back into my career as well. I reached out to LTA’s head instructor and began to setup a Social Media Manager internship.

After getting all of that setup and in place, Columbian moved me back to second shift. Imagine the shock and frustration I felt upon hearing this news. After finally deciding to move my life forward, Columbian decided to take it a few steps back. I gave notice to the LTA instructors, and went back to second shift. I remained on second shift for approximately one month before being “let go” for “mistakes that would have cost the company thousands if they were not caught“.

Now, there is a reason I typed those in quotations and bolded them. While I accepted being fired from the company for mistakes (because I am not perfect and I’m sure there were mistakes), the mistakes that got me fired were not mistakes that the upper management decided to bring to my attention until the day of my release.

“the mistakes that got me fired were not mistakes that the upper management decided to bring to my attention until the day of my release”

I was not upset at being fired. If you have to let me go, you have to let me go. I was upset at the fact that the major mistakes were brought to me after the fact. A lot of my friends keep telling me that I should be more upset, but the truth of the matter is, being fired doesn’t bother me. It’s the reasoning behind such actions that do. I was let go from a third shift as a warehouseman because I was also a full time student during the day. My supervisor at the time explained to me that I was not conscious enough to work effectively with the machines, which was true. I was more content with that reasoning.

This is not to say that I am upset with being fired from Columbian. It now just makes me more apprehensive against any type of management that doesn’t have more open communication. Perhaps I focus too much on the communication aspect of things, but I do believe that communication is the key to everything. When a company claims to have good internal communication, should I not expect it?

When a company claims to have good internal communication, should I not expect it?

I guess I should put this as a disclaimer. I do not want this to reflect negatively on Columbian as a company. While I’m sure they have a great business going, I do not think that working as an administrative assistant is not really worthwhile at Columbian.


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