My First Promotion

Part 01 – My First Job

Part 02 – My First Easy Job

Part 03 – My First Promotion

Part 04 – My First Failure

Part 05 – My First Lesson

Part 06 – My First Lost Job

My first promotion was when I was promoted to Crew Trainer, I would run the shifts a couple of times a week and she would hang out during that shift at the back basically doing nothing.

And so, my management career was born. I ran multiple successful shifts and the manager handed me more responsibility. I became responsible for handling the rostering of staff. This was super difficult because it was 1995 and they didn’t use computers for this stuff. I had a diary and an A3 piece of paper that I had to map out everyone’s booked days off, and make sure that everyone was getting the right amount of shifts. After my first promotion things became more real.

It was coming up to end of year and school holidays were starting. And the manager offered me a full time role for the length of the holidays. It was pretty awesome. I was 15 years old, I would earn $245/week (gross) but I wouldn’t have holidays. It was a hard decision to make and I went for it.

I had to go to work 5 days a week, 3 days starting at 7:30am and finishing at 4:30pm and 2 days starting at 1:30pm and finishing at 10::30pm. I had money in my pocket, responsibility and the ability to boss people around.

At the end of the school holidays, my manager spoke to me about what I wanted to do with my life, what I wanted to be when I grew up etc etc. She knew that I was only semi attending school so she offered me the option to quit school and work full time permanently at Pizza Hut.

I jumped at the chance and became a permanent full-time staff member/crew trainer for the first time in my life.

This was in 1996 and it was awesome.