I just read Paula's response to your e-mail and want to add a couple of things to my response now.
In my department, I have gained the reputation among the students of not tolerating lateness for fitting appointments, so it is usually not a problem. If a student is late or doesn't show, they receive a strongly worded letter from the chair of the department which means it usually doesn't happen again.
As far as my student aides, I give them a sewing test before I hire them. I am not looking for an extraordinary level of skill - I just want to know that they can follow directions and sew a straight line. If they have some pride in their work and are interested in learning, I can teach them sewing skills. As a result, my junior and senior student aides are capable of assisting me in supervising the student crews. Sometimes, I have three crews at a time with 30+ students, so it is too much for me alone. Occassionally, we do have to fix some of the crews' work, but I rarely have to fix the work done by my student aides.
Also, since my position is in the secretary's union, I am paid hourly based on a 35 hour work week. For any hours over that (and I do lots), I get paid overtime. I think, however, that is unusual for shop manager positions.
If you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail me at NYCFabricFinder@...
NYC Fabric Finder
--- On Thu, 12/11/08, Kate Murphy <costumerkate@...> wrote:
From: Kate Murphy <costumerkate@...>
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Questions for University Shop Managers
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 8:35 PM
Since I'm considering a university position, I thought I would ask
those of you who are costume shop managers at colleges or universities
a couple questions -- I could use some input!
First, what would you say you spend MOST of your time doing?
What do you think are the most difficult parts of the job?
What do you like least about your position?
What do you like best?
Do you think you are better or worse off than you would be in a
professional shop? Why?
THANK YOU to anyone who can respond; I truly appreciate it.
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