For Jordan, working at Noodles while attending school has not only provided her with the flexibility needed to focus on school — it’s also helped her uncover her passion for teaching others. Now she is following that passion to study Elementary Education and is one of our 2019 Noodles scholarship recipients.
Read Jordan’s full Q+A below:
Q: Why did you make the decision to work at Noodles?
A: I chose to work at Noodles because I wanted to steer away from retail. When I started working at Noodles, I was beginning my first year of college and I was very nervous about finding a job close to school/home that would be flexible with my hours. When I went in to have my interview, I felt very comfortable and knew this was going to be somewhere I was going to stay for a long time. I wanted to find a job that not only worked with my school schedule but a job that had my back. I found that here at Noodles.
Q: How has Noodles impacted your life?
A: When I first started at Noodles, it was like any other job I have had. As I got more comfortable with my coworkers and the job itself, I found a whole new family away from home. To this day I don’t dread going to work because I love my Noodles family so much! On top of finding a group of people that care so much about each other, working for Noodles also helped my love for teaching blossom. I am now a Journey Leader which allows me to coach and train new employees. Having this opportunity aided in helping me decide that I actually want to pursue teaching!
Q: Tell us a little bit about what your Noodles journey has been like.
A: I have been working at Noodles for almost three years. I started off as a Team Member only working the front of the house. As time went on I started learning new things like dish, cut prep, and even some of noodle grill! Now I am a Journey Leader and I train most of the new employees that are hired at my location.
Q: What has been the most rewarding on your Noodles journey?
A: The most rewarding part of my Noodles journey would have to be me figuring out my path. Without working here and having the opportunity to teach and train, I am not sure that I would have had enough of a push to pursue teaching. To this day I get very excited when my managers inform me that it is a training day. It makes the shifts fly by!
Q: What advice would you want to give other Noodlers, or future-Noodlers interested in a career at Noodles?
A: If you are thinking about applying, do it. It’s a great job to have while you’re in school. It’s very flexible and in my experience, the staff cares about you and your wellbeing. There is nothing to be afraid of. It’s actually a lot of fun to work here and there is a lot of room for growth.
Q: Where are you planning on attending school? What are you planning on studying?
A: For the three years I have been at Noodles I have been attending College of DuPage. Starting this Fall semester I am finally transferring to Lewis University. I am very excited! I am studying Elementary Education, which also includes me earning certification to teach English Language Learners (ELL) and those with special needs.
Q: What makes you most excited about going to school? What goals/dreams do you have after completing school?
A: As a teacher in the making, it is probably obvious that I have a special place in my heart for learning. I also enjoy school because it allows me to meet new people. I am most excited to make friends that are also going to school to be elementary teachers. After I graduate, my goal is to travel and to find a full-time teaching job.
Q: What is your go-to, favorite menu item?
A: My favorite dish is the pesto cavatappi with a Caesar salad on the side. I just had it for lunch today!