Comic 1290 - Part-timer

25th Sep 2020, 8:53 AM in Ch. 40 - It's Okay to Cry
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 25th Sep 2020, 8:53 AM edit delete
In case you've forgotten, besides being their friends, Heather and Ky are also Fara and Rain's downstairs neighbors. Having lived in many apartments over the course of my life - often above and below families with very young children - I've been in this hypothetical future Heather and Ky's situation a fair bit, and I feel for them. ^^;

And oh, Rain might be getting a part-time job! Fun behind the scenes fact: I originally wanted to have Rain get one much earlier in the story. You may have thought at one point or another of this comic, "this story goes into the struggles of dealing with family and school while trans, but it notably leaves out the workplace". Well, I meant to include it in the beginning. A lot of my early vision stuff changed, though. New characters and arcs I didn't plan from the beginning showed up and took the story in very different directions that never really lent enough time for Rain (or really, any of the kids) to be shown dealing with adventures in employment.

But I wonder, what kind of job do you suppose Rain would be good at? :)

Anyway, next week, we'll get to check back in on Emily.

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PeskyBirdTerry 25th Sep 2020, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
I think Rain would be a good bookshop worker!
Tani 25th Sep 2020, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Hopefully she doesn't either blow her entire paycheck on books or become engrossed in one when she is supposed to be working.
William Melton 25th Sep 2020, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
I agree. I don't think she has quite the temperament to handle customer service in any situation that involves consumables.
Larryn 25th Sep 2020, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Cashier at a comic book shop. Rain would be good at that.
William Melton 25th Sep 2020, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Another advantage of Rainily and Fara moving: A bigger place might mean Jaiken, Heather, or Ky staying over more often.
Daisy 25th Sep 2020, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
Ooooooh I love behind the scenes knowledge! >:D I think she’d have fun working one of those pop up ice cream stands or maybe at GameSnob for the summer!
Harperrrr 25th Sep 2020, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
I think Rain would make a great meteorologist :P
Adama 25th Sep 2020, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Any job where a shy person like her doesn't have to deal with customers much.
Some Ed 25th Sep 2020, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
1. Shy is not necessarily as much of an issue with a lot of customer facing jobs as you might expect. I mean, it *can* be, depending on the shy person or maybe on the customers. But I've known several shy book shop cashiers and wait staff who found that controlled environments in which their reasons for shyness were not present allowed their inner extroverts to come out and blossom.

2. It can be surprising how not customer facing some jobs you might think were customer facing really are. Like, before I worked as a bagger in a grocery store, I felt like that job would require dealing with customers all the time. I mean, it's right there in the job description.

My coworkers at said grocery store felt the lack of attention the customers paid to them was incredibly dehumanizing, but as someone who didn't want that interaction, it really helped me get settled into that job in the first week.

It can also be a good job for people watching, because they're right there, and studiously avoiding noticing you. So long as I did my job at least acceptably well, nobody ever complained about me listening to how they talked and interacted with other people.

Mind you, different stores are different, sometimes due to management and sometimes due to their customer base. I can only really relate how bagging was at one store at one time. But there's probably others somewhere that are similar.
Neelix 25th Sep 2020, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Suddenly that image of Heather and Ky (and specifically why they had those expressions) makes a lot more sense than it did previously. :-)
RubyRuthNeal 25th Sep 2020, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
If it wasn't such a long commute from their current apartment, I think Rain might be better suited as perhaps a part-time receptionist or office assistant at the Identities counseling clinic. I don't really see her as working a job dealing with the general retail public. Too much probability of an asshole jerk of a customer clocking her and starting an incident. Maybe this hypothetical new place of residence could be located somewhere more convenient to commuting to both the job and Centerville University?

Just thinking out loud here.....
Jinx 28th Sep 2020, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
Speaking as someone who works in mental health, that probably wouldn't work very well if she wants to continue going to Identities, unless perhaps she was exclusively working for therapists other than her own; therapists are ethically bound not to have dual relationships with clients, such as also having a romantic or working relationship or friendship outside the strict boundaries of therapeutic benefit (ie, you can have a friendly relationship so long as it is within the correct context, but not like, hang out outside of therapy or a therapy-adjacent setting). There's a little bit of flexibility here, but she'd probably need to work for someone else in the office, even if that were a practical commute.
SometimesIReadComics 25th Sep 2020, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
So many new beginnings! 😄
ivy 25th Sep 2020, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
oooooooh what if they move in to emilys old house? :o
Merrie 25th Sep 2020, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
It's hard to imagine Emily liking that idea. I don't think she has a lot of good memories there.
Catlife333 25th Sep 2020, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Hm I’m kind of impressed with Fara taking in so many house guests in kind of a stride. I think I’d be a bit overwhelmed. Plus, Emily has the baby coming, which is exciting sure, but undeniably stressful. And the way Fara treats Emily as family, welcome to stay as long as she needs to, truly. I know its just Fara being Fara, but I have to appreciate that and feel for her a little.
SpeedyQuidKid 26th Sep 2020, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
Fuck lol, I didn't actually expect to catch up to the days where Rain is being published. When I started I saw the year and the length, and figured it had to be finished but nooOOooOOo, now I have to wait xD

But to be fair, I *did* binge read the whole thing in a few days. Which is weird considering I, a self-proclaimed lover of books, have not read a single book this whole quarantine. And yet, here I am, 1290 pages into a web comic I started reading earlier this week. Love it, by the way, it's so cute! So I guess I'll join the ranks of people eagerly awaiting more! :)
Long-Time Lurker 26th Sep 2020, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
How far along *is* Emily?
bgb16999 27th Sep 2020, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
She said "it happened in late October." It is now late May. So, she's about seven months pregnant.
arkathenia 27th Sep 2020, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
Awww, the summer's dawning for little Rain. This is her first summer out in the open as herself, and with friends! Rain can finally live as herself during the warm summer season. This could get into a lot of memories. For all of them.
DocMesa 28th Sep 2020, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
A certain cast member thinks Rain should work in a pet shop, one with a large staff discount.
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