My first interaction with Student Works started with a clipboard in one of my first year university classes. After attending the info sessions, I was hooked. It is so difficult to put into words what this opportunity has done for me. 

The idea of running my own business was so appealing, but it did feel a little crazy. I was a little terrified, but I had a gut feeling that this would be the best decision and such an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t pass it up. 

Looking back on that, I can’t imagine what my life would’ve been like if I didn’t take this chance. I wouldn’t have some of the most amazing people in my life that I do now, and I can’t even begin to describe all the growth I’ve experienced. 

My first year had a lot of challenges, there was a point where I was pretty set on not coming back for another year. But the incredible friendships and connections I’ve made with franchisees and district managers, and all the growth I had seen in myself had me second guessing that decision. That was last summer, and I’ve never looked back. I’m going into my third year this summer, and not a piece of me will ever regret this journey. 

Know that every year has its difficulties and it’s challenges, but what you’ll get out of the experience is more than worth it. This is easily the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the best. My advice to you, is to embrace the grind. In the end it will all be worth it, and you will find yourself handling other life situations better. Future employers love to see the drive and initiative that is reflected out of your choice to do this, and you will be able to handle stress and responsibility so much better. 

The sense of family that comes from this company is indescribable – like I said, I have so many amazing people in my life now. There is always someone you can call when you’re struggling, whether it be a district manager or a fellow franchisee, everyone is there to support everyone. On any given day where I was dealing with a difficult client, a bad painter, or any number of things that go wrong, I knew that support and advice was only a phone call or two away. And outside of work, these relationships are some of the strongest in my life. They have become some of my closest friends and have been there to support me in my life outside of work. 

I promise if you take this opportunity, you won’t regret it. Don’t get me wrong, it will be the HARDEST thing you ever do, but it will be so worth it. And at the end of your summer, you’ll understand exactly what I am trying so hard to put into words despite the fact there is too much to share about my journey in just a short letter. 

Take the chance, work hard and you won’t regret it! 

 

Michaela

Calgary, 2 Year