As of Monday next, I will be back managing for the Green Cult. I had my interviews yesterday at the Regional office – it was amusing when one of the interviewers asked me if I were nervous and I simply said, “Nope.” She took another look at my paperwork and then realized that I have gone through this process before.
I’ll be opening a new location on the North Shore, with an opening date in early March. That means as of January I get to be free of working in a store, and concentrate on eight weeks of “stuff” to get the store ready. Since I’ve done this before I’m not worried about the process. The only issue is that there seems to be a lack of people wanting to work in this type of industry right now. My current manager and I were wondering the other day – where are all the people who are going to school and want a part time job? Where are the kids who just graduated high school and want to work full time so they can buy clothes and go to clubs and basically just finance their partying for a few years? There seems to be a large gap of those kinds of people … I will have to go looking for them.
For me, this time around, I’m looking at getting this store up and off the ground and then moving on to something different, be it at Regional office or for another company. I imagine that it will take a year or less to get the store to a working level that I would feel comfortable handing it over to someone else. I know that I don’t want to be working at the store level for much longer, but I have an idea of trying to create an environmental role for myself that could be turned into a full time position at Regional, overseeing the entire area. There are many opportunities in this company to become more Green (as in “environmental” and not as in “culty”) and I’d like to be part of the process.