A student’s life: sleep until noon, go to university for a few hours and then hang around with some friends all night long. That is how many people imagine life when you’re studying. In fact, this is only a cliché. And if it was ever really like that, dear Bachelor and Master have destroyed even the memory. Most students have a job as the Mensa, tuition fees and rents are anything but cheap and you can’t expect your parents to pay that and your daily coffee. So in reality, a student’s life involves sitting at the university, going to work afterwards or at weekends and trying to organize everything so that there might be a few hours to relax in between. At least I am doing that and I bet that a lot of you are doing the same. Fortunately I don’t need the money necessarily because I am still living at home but in my opinion; earning some money is gaining independence. And so I have been working at Lush for nearly two years. Now you’re probably wondering: “What is Lush?” It is the shop in the city that smells incredibly intensively of bathbombs, bodylotions and, of course, soap. Yes, it is soap, not cheese, even if it may look like it. And no, you can’t eat it. No, you don’t get headaches while working there and yes, you get used to the smell.
I started while I was still at school and I never had any problems being too busy to work a few days per week. However, since I started uni, it has became harder to find time to sell some soap and sing (yes, sometimes we even dance or sing when we have launching “parties” for new products…). And to be honest it has also became harder to find the motivation. I spent a lot of time at university last semester and I really wasn’t eager to spend even more hours separated from my comfy sofa. Believe it or not but the job is actually quite hard. You really need to learn a lot about the ingredients and their effects and about skin and hair types. Then, you mainly inform people about the ways in which to use the products and give them advice which ones may be the best for their skin types. So behind the fragrant and delicious looking wonderland there is a lot of work. As you can imagine, after a week stuffed with seminars and lectures it can cost someone quite an effort to stand in the shop for six hours with a smile on their face and give helpful advice. Of course it’s not always that bad and actually my job can be really fun, I mean who else can work surrounded by lovely fragrances, glitter and wobbling shower jellies?