Surviving My First Week Working Downtown

Downtown LA

As a kid, I think a lot of us have had dreams of working in one of those tall buildings downtown that we’d always drive and/or walk by, well at least I know I did.  I wanted to wear my fancy pencil skirt, blouse, blazer, and heels and walk around the entire building like I own the heaux! That was until I got my first job in Corporate America and realized that it wasn’t for me, however I’ve also realized that all of the money is in Corporate America and if I want to make it, I got to suck it up and do what I have to do to survive and eat.

Originally, I worked on my side of town in Glendale, but things happened and I had to get a new job, which happened to be in Downtown Los Angeles.  On my way to the interview for the job, I had trouble finding the location of the building and ended up parking in the wrong parking garage (which was $30 and I couldn’t get validated I may add) and it took me forever to find the building that my interview would be in.  I immediately was like, I’m not going to like it, I’m not going to go to the interview, and if I do go to the interview, I’m going to tell my Recruiter that if they offer me to the job, I don’t want it because I can’t see myself driving and working in Downtown LA 5 days a week.  Needless to say two hours after my interview, I was offered the job and gladly accepted the job.

Two weeks later after the offer, I was starting my job.  First of all, in Downtown LA, you have to pay for parking, especially if you are not an actual employee of the company, but a contractor.  Monthly parking for my job, is $100 (however the temp agency that I go through will reimburse me, I just don’t have a $100 in my bank account to spare at the moment) and if not then you’re paying $9 a day at a nearby parking garage like me.

Aside from the disasters of parking, I work in Downtown LA, where there are a bunch of restaurants and your co-workers want to go out to eat every damn day like you’re just made out of money.  Like hold your horses honey. I know this company pays extremely well, but um you have to realize I just started working with and for you guys, you don’t know my pocket book.  During my first week, I think I received an invite to go out for lunch every day that week.  Luckily, my co-workers I went out to eat with the second and third time paid for your girl.  Because if they hadn’t, I’d probably be sitting at about .84 in my bank account right now.

People at the job are kind of well, Corporate and like I keep telling y’all, Corporate America is not for me and I don’t know how much more I can deal with this world.  Also, I am a Talent Acquisition Coordinator.  About 85% of what I do is scheduling interviews, I swear that’s not what I want do as far as my future career goes.  However, I am going to TRY and thug it out at my new job until July and/or August rolls around and I can quit.


Jas ❤

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