I am wondering what people's experiences are with temp work??
Here's my (long) story:
I need to work and make *good* money over summer vacation. I have debt that is ruining my peace of mind and literally making me sick with stress. I know the bar/restaurant I used to work at is hiring, and I am all about shooting the GM an email and asking him if I can work as much as possible until school starts again in late August. I am really only focusing on the pros of working there, because they fit exactly what I am looking for. I can make good money (for a college student). An average work week I took home between $500-1000, I take home cash so there is no waiting around to be paid, if I need to work more hours I can, if I have a financial situation come up during the school year I can pick up a shift or two some weekend, I have already been through the training so I could start making money right away, I have countless uniforms so very little money would need to be spent to prepare for working again, and I know the job like the back of my hand and know what's expected of me and am confident that I am good at it.
So here's the thing. My boyfriend is absolutely convinced that I should not work there again. He maintains that I hated working there...I never hated it, I grew annoyed at certain managers and employees who don't even work there anymore. When you work in a bar where the uniform is pretty much a catholic school girl and all the servers are female and all the managers male - sometimes things get annoying. Yes, I hated walking to my car at 3am in downtown. I wasn't alone, but I get easily creeped out by the people on the streets at that time of night. I did it, with my taser and pepper spray way more accessible than my cash that's for sure. I really didn't mind being hit on all the time by customers...it can be flattering sometimes and when it's not it was a lot of fun to be able to mouth off at a bunch of men and know I wouldn't be fired if I had to put an unruly one in his place. I enjoyed working with customers of all types and being able to be myself and speak however I wanted. I think I really thrive in the customer service area - I looove talking to people. The uniform was also super comfy lol. I hated how one manager would schedule me precisely when I *couldn't* work and I would usually have to pay another girl to cover my shift. I don't foresee this as a problem as I'm only going to work for about 2 months and I have made it my first priority, so I won't really be asking for any specific days off. So yeah, I grew angry at times, it happens at any job pretty much I'm sure. Lots of drama and work politics but I never hated waiting tables. I loved it. I did have to pay to park, but the money I brought home really overshadowed that.
My boyfriend thinks I should give temp work a chance. He says I can make decent money, and have a flexible schedule. I hate offices and entry level office work with every bone in my body. He says all the offices I've ever worked at (and nearly not enough to judge) have been run by a**holes or people who don't know a thing about running a business. Also, temping would mean I could live at my apartment all summer and not stay in the city, a little less than 90 minutes away from home. (Not a huge deal, I'd just stay with my family) He says I really need to give temping a chance, I could learn new skills and the money isn't terrible. I feel like I would hate working in offices all the time, and not knowing my way around would be stressful, and I also worry that since the job market is sucking and everyone and their grandmother is job hunting, that I may not be able to just easily be placed in a job right away. I don't know.
I guess I want to know: is temping what I imagine it to be? Can I make good money? Is it mindless office work like filing and data entry? Oh and I also would need to buy more professional office-y clothes. Less money spent is a good thing. What are your experiences?