Monday, November 21, 2011
Do You Work In A Bookstore? I Need Your Opinions!
Right now I'm working as a pharmacy technician. When I first started out, I enjoyed my job to some degree. As time has gone on, I began to dread going into work. Since last year, I was required by state law to become certified by taking a test about pharmacy. I took the test in 2010 and passed. Unfortunately, you have to re-certify every 2 years. This means I have to do 20 credit hours of pharmacy tech reading/quizzes before my certification expires (late 2012) to stay working as a pharmacy tech. If it expires before I get the credit hours in, I can still get the rest of the credit hours in within one year after expiration, BUT I wouldn't be able to work in a pharmacy until I re-certify.
Now that I've completely confused you...
Here's my problem... I don't want to work in pharmacy anymore. I've reached the point where the thought of doing this job for the rest of my life gives me nightmares. One of the reasons why I'm still there is because I'm not sure where else I can go. My only marketable skill is that I can run a register. And stock shelves. And answer phones. The only job that sounds relatively good to me right now is a bookstore. The only one closest to me is a Barnes & Noble.
So! Here's where you come in. If you have ever worked in a bookstore or are currently working in a bookstore, I want you to tell me about it. Tell me the pros and cons. Tell me the good parts and the bad parts. If you work for Barnes & Noble, tell me about the place and how it runs. I just want to have an idea of how it is to work somewhere other than a pharmacy, because I honestly don't know. I'm sure all retail has the same feel, but part of me wants to believe that a bookstore would be less stress. And let me tell ya, I need me some less stress!
This whole possibility of working in a bookstore is up in the air though. I plan on staying in pharmacy as long as I have to, which will most likely be next fall (since that's when my certification expires). I just need to start weighing out options now.
Thanks in advance for any and all the advice and information! <3