As the end of the year draws near and is almost upon us, we come to the festive climax of the year, in my opinion.
For the last several weeks everything has been about Christmas. On the one hand, if you are faithful, this is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in the town of Bethlehem over two thousand years ago.
On the other hand, if you are in business, or employed, this is most probably the time of the year when things are at their highest level of activity. People rushing round last minute to get the gifts that they have forgotten about or suddenly realise they did not have.
One thing is that, at this time of the year, retailers are in need of help and support. Traditionally they look to the young employment group for their assistance and, to be honest, there is plenty to choose from. Trying to then find a job to help with the holiday dreams, students are being subjected to the same hard rejections as they will need to bare when they are older and following their dream career.
I always use this time to reflect back to when I was in the same position. It taught me a life lesson that to this day, thirty years later, I still consider one of those life truths like taxes and death. The truth is that knowing someone in the know can be a huge help when trying to gain employment.
At that time the person I knew was my grandfather. He held a senior position in a retail chain store and was able to encourage the individual responsible for hiring the holiday help to ensure my name was on the list. Thus it was that I found a role that would help me earn the extra income through those holidays and then through the year to the following holidays. It also helped in enabling me to experience first hand the interactins with customers and the need to accept the customers position. As an added advantage, it provided me with a huge host of memories about incidents with people that, even today, brings a sense of humor to the daily grind.
But I would probably not have had that job if it was not for the person I knew and their desire to use their influence to help a young student find employment.
My wish therefore to you is that, if you have a position of influence, however small, use that to help a student embark on their working career. If you are a student looking for a job, my wish is that you are able to draw on the influence of someone you know to get you that much needed work experience.
Let me know if you have had a similar experience.
All the best wishes for Christmas 2012 and I look forward to talking again next week.