Can you recall your first ever job or high school work experience?
As a teenager, it’s one of those rights of passage prone to either fond or fraught memories.
Loyola College students Sam Philp and Luke Neri, both 16, recently completed a stint together at CPS’ Op Shop as part of their annual ‘Christian Week’ service.
Despite neither having worked in retail or undertaken volunteer work before, we can happily report the Year 11 boys enjoyed their week and provided invaluable help to Shop Retail Manager Catrina Murray.
“I wish I could have them back next week!” she gushed.
“I liked the varying tasks, like being able to serve at the till, sort through donations coming in, putting stock out on the racks,“ reported Sam. “Time goes pretty quickly, the morning flies by,” he added.
“It’s something to put on my resume,” said Luke. “It’s taught me about retail – sorting through and displaying stock, talking to customers, exchanging money. I didn’t think I’d be serving customers but it was really good to get the opportunity.”
Sam also enjoyed interacting with a range of punters, including regulars who scan the store for bargains almost every day. “It’s a good atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend it (volunteering).”
“Life’s not all about money. Working with people and serving customers is a good experience,” said Luke, who also appreciated the allure of the busy shop. “There’s been some really cool stuff come in. It’s the luck of the draw!”
Both sport nuts, Sam is into Australian Rules whilst Luke favours basketball and soccer.
“I’m interested in the exercise sciences,” said Sam, keen to forge a career in sport after completing school and university. Whilst Luke also intends to move onto tertiary study, he’s yet to choose which path to follow.
In the meantime, we wish Sam and Luke the best should they seek further work in the wonderful world of retail and we thank them both for their enthusiastic contribution.
Students, retirees and everyone in between, if you are interested in volunteering a few hours a week (or month) of your time for a good cause, we’d love to hear from you. Simply contact Catrina on 9458 5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.