Going out and having a great time at raves is always amazing, but festival tickets are expensive so in order to keep affording this lifestyle you need to work. Unfortunately, your work schedule can often conflict with your rave schedule. Your job is important because it allows you to pay for all the rave tickets, but if you have to work on the day of the rave, then you can’t go to it! You can’t afford the rave without the job and it’s a total bummer when your vacation requests are denied. It’s not always a guarantee that you will get the days off to go to the raves, but here are some tips to make it much more likely that you will!
- Be Good To Your Boss: I know there are some work managers and bosses that are not so pleasant to work for, but for the sake of your rave life, you need to learn to make it work! If your boss likes you, they will be more likely to give you the days off for your rave days! In life unfortunately there are going to be bosses and managers who aren’t as PLUR as we are, but you do have to be best friends with them, so don’t take it personally and do the best you can with them. Be nice, work hard, get your job done and go home! Remind yourself that once your shift is over you get to go home and live your life. Happiness is contagious so when you talk to your boss always smile and be polite to them. By the time rave day arrives, if you ask your boss for the days off they will be more likely to give you your days!
- Request The Days Off Way Ahead Of Time: There are so many raves that happen every month so I know you may not always be able to request the day off for ALL of them, but you should narrow it down to the ones that are most important to you. Look at the year ahead of you and plan out those few that would be impossible for you to miss like a rave around your birthday, or one of your favorite summer raves. Pick the most important ones that mean the most and that you can not miss, then make sure you request those days off about three or four months ahead of time. It’s better to put in your request many months before that way whoever does the schedule won’t be able to say they weren’t notified in time. Always keep a record of whatever documents you fill out for your time off, that way when the schedule comes out for that weekend if you are still scheduled, you will have proof that you did request your time off. Also when you request time off way ahead of time it doesn’t look like such a big deal to your managers because it’s so far in advance. If it comes down to it, use your vacation time, these rave weekends are definitely a vacation away from reality so why not find out how much vacation time you have, and if you know you’re not going to use it for anything else, then use that vacay time for your raves!
- A Favor For A Favor: Sometimes it’s hard to find people to cover your shift, but they will be much more likely to cover for you if you make them an offer they can’t deny! Work out a deal with them and cover them for days they have special events or just need to take a breather and in return, they will cover for you as well. Go out of your way to help out the people that you want to help you! Buy them lunch, bake them cookies, offer to help them with their work load. It may sound like a lot, but for an epic rave weekend, it is definitely worth it.
- Be A Great Worker All Year Long: Don’t wait until you need the days off to be a good worker. The better worker you are, the more managers and bosses love you, and the more likely you will get those days off that you want! Also if people see that you only work hard around rave days, they will feel like you are using them and then they really won’t want to give you the days off. Through the year go to work on time, make an effort to get along with your coworkers, go to work as much as you can, and foster good relationships with everyone you work with as much as you can so everyone will be happy to give you the days you some time off. Your job is one of the places you should really be showing how PLUR you are. When people fall in love with your good work ethic and great energy, you have a bigger chance of getting those days off.
- Sacrifice & Make It Work: If all else fails and you still have to go to your job on a day you are going to rave, then find the best way possible to make it work. With my past job I used to have to be at work at 5 in the morning, and as you know that’s pretty close to the time these raves are over! So I would still go dance but I would sacrifice staying until the very end of the rave and just leave a few hours earlier to make sure I’m at work on time. I would also go into work super drained from getting only a few hours of sleep but I would suck it up, make sure to have my energy drink, work my shift, and make up for it when I would come home and sleep all day long! In the end it was ALWAYS worth it to me so even though I had to go to my job I would always make it work the best I could. I don’t mind working a few hours a little more tired than usual if it meant I had the time of my life at the rave the previous night! If you have to lose a little sleep, work a little harder, leave the rave a littler earlier, find a way to make it work for you because you only live once! Live your life to the fullest and have fun because years from now we aren’t going to talk about all the sleep we got, we are going to talk about the epic rave nights!
You need your job to support your raver lifestyle so remember to keep a PLUR work environment, make a few sacrifices and find a way to make your work schedule work for you!
A free spirited, loving raver living a very PLUR lifestyle :)