Kiki, who we support, and lives in Shepherd’s Bush, tells us about landing her her dream job at Chelsea Football Club.
I have been a lifelong Chelsea football fan and this year I was finally successful in landing my dream job, working as a Match Day Safety Steward at Stamford Bridge.
I previously worked at Crystal Palace Football Club and always dreamed that one day I would be working at Chelsea. When I did, it turned out to be more amazing than I could have imagined.
When my friend told me that Chelsea was looking for new staff, I immediately applied online and was invited for a face-to-face interview very soon afterwards.
After a presentation and an interview, I was informed that I got the job and was issued my uniform, accreditation pass and I.D. The club expects all staff to wear black trousers, shoes and shirts and then they provide us with our steward’s tie, mask and jacket.
It is a good job, but can get quite tiring being on your feet all day.
My main role is crowd control, helping people to their seats and building a good rapport with the fans, which is easy as we all love football.
If I work pitch side, I do get to see the match but normally you are busy working behind the scenes. I have met some of the players, my favourite being N’Golo Kanté, as he is always smiling and seems happy, and the goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea is a good football club to work for. I get to choose what shifts I want to work, via an online system called`Parims’. The football club also provides lunch and dinner for their staff as well as giving us a good discount at the shop and match tickets.
I have made new friends there and always look forward to going into work.
I am looking forward to watching the next home game on Saturday against Manchester City. Chelsea hasn’t lost a match yet, so it will be entertaining!
Never give up on your dreams, because one day you will succeed, just like me.