By Lois McClure, Assistant Partnerships Manager
We’re so excited to share our Co-op stores will once again pop up at festivals across the UK this summer and we need colleagues to man the tills, keep the shelves stocked and help customers have fun. If you’re on the fence, here’s what our former Co-op colleague festival crew had to say about their experience.
It’s an amazing experience that I don’t think is possible to put into words. I keep telling people, “until you’ve been, you don’t understand how good it is working for the Co-op at festivals”. It’s fun, you meet so many new people from different parts of the business and you have time to bond and connect with them.
It’s hard work but rewarding at the same time. Seeing the shop booming with music and the hustle and bustle of customers, it’s just out of this world. Yes, a week living in a tent can be testing, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’ll be honest, for those used to home comforts, nice beds and home cooked meals; working and sleeping in a field for five days can be a shock to the system, but it’s such an amazing experience! It’s hard work too – physically and mentally – but worth every second.
I went not knowing anyone, which was a bit scary as some of my team had worked at previous festivals and I hadn’t before. But I felt so included and everyone helped me on my first day, which put me at ease.
I’d tell other colleagues to go for it! Whether you’re nervous about going alone or don’t know what to expect, you end up being a little family with your team. It’ll be best the best week ever but be prepared to work hard and be amazed by how busy the shop gets. It’s a great way to meet people – not just from store but also from all over the country! I loved every bit of it.
The time that I’ve spent at festivals has been amazing. Not only did I get to see the music I love, but I met colleagues from all areas of the business. Many of these colleagues have now become friends for life!
The work is hands-on but rewarding. You’ll gain lots of new experience and you’ll be showing the best of Being Co-op to a whole new audience! Whichever part of the business you’re in, don’t be afraid to apply. You will bring skills that’re really helpful and the experience is often a new one for so many colleagues – so you’ll never feel alone. You will honestly have the best time there.
If you’re enthusiastic and passionate about Co-op and music, we’d love to see you join us at our festival stores. Applications are open to every colleague who works at the Co-op.
I’d like to encourage anyone to apply this year no matter your background, job or age – don’t be afraid to try it out. We’re looking for a diverse group of people and if you have a passion for Co-op and are willing to work hard, please apply.
You have until 26 May to apply, and we’re aiming to let you know the outcome of your application around mid-June.