RIDGEWOOD resident Gloria Rusconi says a lot has changed since she began working at Coles 40 years ago.
She started at the supermarket’s Claremont store as an 18-year-old after approaching the manager and asking for a job.
“He didn’t bat an eyelid and told me to choose the section I wanted to work in before handing me a uniform to start that very afternoon,” she said.
Ms Rusconi had stints in various departments but now is part of the bakery section at the Hillarys supermarket, with her days starting at 3.30am.
“I’m used to the early mornings and knowing that I’ll be busy from the minute I walk through the door, plus working with a close-knit, supportive team is what gets me out of bed,” she said.
“I’ve always got something to do, whether it’s making bread, cookies or cakes, there’s never a dull moment. I thoroughly enjoy it.”
She said there had been many changes over the four decades, including that items used to be manually wrapped and sealed.
“This took a lot of time but it was just what had to be done,” she said.
“Now, technology has made most things quicker and more efficient.”