I went to the JC and it just wasn't for me, not to mention I was doing everything on my own. I decided to take a job opportunity and moved forward with that. Went from retail to banking to the wine industry. I started off on the very bottom at a winery when I turned 21. I worked my way up to Manager in 2yrs. I'am going on my 5th year this august and been manager for 3 of those yrs. Pay has definitely increased.
1-2 yrs - 35k when I started
During my retail job I escalated to Manager within 1yr. When I was a banker I got promoted twice. I learned a lot about myself when handling different scenarios in different types of companies. I hated the retail hours, and I hated the very quiet, linear environment of a bank. A winery is a great balance of everything I like to do. I love meeting people (we get people from all over the world), I enjoy sales and I like the freedom of being able to spend as much time as necessary wherever I want anytime with anyone. I can do a 2hr long private tasting, or host a 1hr long bachelorette party and ACTUALLY have fun. It sucked working up the ladder, but now it's worth it.
iam 25yrs old and Living in Napa Ca.