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A chat with Violet

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Posted by Eddie Parker on October 06, 2016

Eddie Parker:

Hey folks, Ed here again. Today I'm going to be hunting down one of our team members, we're going to have a little bit of a chat to her. Now a lot of you look over at Alongside and you're probably thinking this is a well-oiled machine. There's some people who make this a well-oiled machine, trust me. There are a lot of easier places you can work. It takes a lot of time, a lot of commitment, and that means we're really proud of about our team and where they come from, and really hit it.

The person we're going to be talking to today is Violet Rose. Violet Rose started as one of our junior sales and now she's the Assistant Manager of 35 Degrees South and Alongside so, she doesn't quite know that we're going to be doing this and here we're going to sneak out to her mid-shift. I think that's probably the best way to go about it, so that we get the most honest reaction from her.

Here she is.

Right, Violet, a few words to tell me, one thing that you love about working at 35 Degrees and Alongside what would that be?

Violet Rose

The opportunities. Ongoing opportunities.

Eddie Parker:

Also you've got to be talking about the opportunities of working alongside me, I can that in your eyes. What opportunities are there that people could enjoy by working with us?

Violet Rose:

Getting to know people around the community. 

Eddie Parker:

Now, do you want to tell us a little bit about yourself, so to begin with, where did you come from, what made you apply for 35 Degrees, and where are you now as far as your career is going and where would you like to be?

Violet Rose:

Originally I worked in retail for about two and a half years. We've done going to Australia looking for a change, didn't quite like it. Had a few arguments with my sister so I moved back to New Zealand. Told myself I was never going to work with people, but then I decided to take a challenge and go into hospitality, something like I never thought I would. Mainly probably the opportunities and the front sector of the industry.

Eddie Parker:

Where do you want to be?

Violet Rose:

Where do I want to be? It's not a national position, hopefully on a cruise ship, relaxing, sipping piña coladas. More professionally, hopefully just somewhere coaching other people on the skills that I've been privileged to learn throughout the few years here.

Eddie Parker:

Thanks Violet. Now obviously you know, especially when someone comes and we get to say a period, where you really just got two thousand people just marching on and for coffees and meals or what not. You know, obviously there's going to be there, that little bit of crazy there, that little bit of crazy gets you through and obviously there's a bit of fun that keeps the team going and working so we'll have to give up, what's some examples of what makes working here fun?

 

Violet Rose:

What makes working here fun ... My ideal day would probably be walking and probably hearing Mark sing, and that's kind of fun, or pretty much just when everyone's having a laugh on the floor even though we've got two thousand capacity. We're at a delay, but fun, the team's what makes it that much more enjoyable.

 

Eddie Parker:

One last question. What is Violet's guilty pleasure?

 

Violet Rose:

Violet's guilty pleasure would probably be procrastination. Yeah, I'm really bad at it. I learned that from Eve though, so yeah. I'm working on it.

 

Eddie Parker:

Obviously chose the wrong person then here, the first time I've done that. I know you'll be hearing a lot more from our team, I'm going to be dedicating the rest of this year to just stalking them down and getting all those answers you've been wanting to hear from the team at 35 South and Alongside.

 

 

Oh, actually I just remembered one more question, let's go Violet again.

 

 

Violet, last question, fairly last question. What's your favorite dish at 35 or Alongside?

 

Violet Rose:

The Chicken Breast and nocky, yeah you can never, ah probably just the most flavors, I'm not a fan of carrots but they pretty much caramelize them too so yeah. Can't go wrong with chicken, I'm a sucker.

 

Eddie Parker:

Awesome, thanks Violet.

 

 

Thanks again for listening to the blog. Hopeful seeing you down at 35 South and Alongside.

 

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