Gatekeeper Chronicles

April 18, 2017

 

Day Two.

Mission: Contact a client about the mattertags he wants in his store before he goes on vacation tomorrow.

Status report: Two messages left, one unsuccessful visit. Will try again after lunch. Will try not to feel too much like a stalker.

It’s strange to have to try to track people down.

It’s also very strange to spend hours on social media at work- and get paid for it!

I’m definitely a fan of technology; the number of conveniences it allows is pretty great and it’s only ever improving and growing and expanding. But I’m also someone who doesn’t update their status or profile picture on Facebook for months at a time and who actually had to make a Twitter and Instagram just for this job. I guess it’s time to stop living under a rock!

So, another nifty little thing I’ve learned about is this app that not only allows you to order online, but it has coupons to local businesses. I may have graduated college but I still have the diet of a college kid, and this includes lots of pizza, sushi, and a “healthy” amount of alcohol. And boom, boom, boom- Nina’s, Tokyo, and Pyramid Liquor coupons with the touch of a finger. I’m honestly not just promoting this because it’s my job- I got excited. This app is called the Oneonta HUB and it’s making it easier for me to stuff junk food into my face. It also just has so many other tools for exploring Oneonta and making the most of your time.

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Basically, Sweet Home Productions has a traditional sounding name with seriously progressive values and ideas. Why fight the technological revolution when you can help bring local businesses into the light?

Just today a woman and her husband came in for their antique shop that they’ve owned for fifty years or so, looking to “bring their store more into the 21st century” because they didn’t even have a website for it. It’s kind of inspiring to see people be able to do more for their businesses instead of them just falling by the wayside. There’s no reason why technology has to be the enemy of “traditional small businesses” when it can bolster them instead and make them more available and more appealing to the changing culture. It’s like we’re bringing them into the future.

Gatekeeper Chronicles

April 17, 2017

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Charles Dederich                                                14632882_10209629305503188_6680096253690669564_n

Bright and early Monday morning, I reported to Sweet Home Productions for my first day on the job. My name is Amore Swann, and I’m the executive assistant to the owner of the multi-media company.

I’m 21 years old and a graduate of SUNY Oneonta as of May of 2016, and this is my first 9-5 job. The level of adult I have reached is dizzying. I’ve had some scattered experience as assistants and other things, but they’re mostly unrelated to this sort of job and, until now, got me as far as retail. And Sweet Home Productions is nearly another world.

I didn’t even know the company existed until I saw the job ad online, and I certainly had no idea what it entailed as I applied, or even after I had my interview. My position was described as the “gatekeeper of the office,” which was thrilling and terrifying as I resisted shouting “YOU SHALL NOT PASS” at the postman.

The first day is nearly over and already I’ve had two forays out into the windy, sunny springtime, which had me sold on the job almost immediately. One of my missions involved something called “mattertags,” which I had definitely not heard of before. My coworker, Dan, and I ventured to The Eighth Note to finish up a 3D model of the place. This involved a camera which supposedly spins around with infrared beams, but don’t quote me on that, and anyway I didn’t get to see it in action as we had to wait outside while it did its job. Very sci-fi mysterious, and all of a sudden, the owner, Ruth, was right there in the model! Smiling and welcoming customers at the counter.

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The matter tags came into play with the 3D model. Imagine a not-so-distant future where you’re able to walk into a store, look around you at a full 360 degrees, and move wherever in the store you want, selecting items that appeal to you; but imagine doing that whole mundane routine all from your computer or phone. The 3D virtual tours allow that for several stores on Main St., and the mattertags are the links that are attached to the objects in the model that you have the option of looking at, purchasing, or learning more about.

For someone like me, with little love for the actual act of shopping in a crowded place with all that stressful noise (don’t even mention Walmart to me after a long day, talk about exhausting!), this is such a cool idea. It eliminates the need to leave your house, but there’s still a sense of environmental change and has more interaction than typical online shopping.

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The majority of the rest of the day was taken up with posting some cool carousal posts to Facebook with the company’s pages. Did I even know what a carousal post was before today? I’m ashamed to say I didn’t, but my boss, Mark, an older man, threw it at me so casually I questioned whether or not I was in the Twilight Zone (only because it would have taken my mom, who is around Mark’s age, ten demonstrations, written instructions, and accompanying illustrations to even mention it with the ease that Mark had. Those generational stereotypes aren’t all that accurate after all.)

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So, the first day is done and I’ve already learned about some nifty technology. And I started a blog! Life is funny- going from a retail job that I dreaded and that offered few mental challenges while leaving the sense that my four year degree and thousands of dollars of debt were pointless, to a job that, dare I say it, I’m excited about? So to those of you in retail jobs: you have to earn money somehow and there are those who would be grateful for any job, but you never know what’s around the corner.