Job hunting

Sheesh. I’m applying for jobs now, and with my employment history, I wish I could find a way to have someone ELSE fill out all my applications. My hand hurts, for Pete’s sake!

The sticky part is that I need a job right NOW, and I don’t have time to go back to school and/or try to figure out what exactly I want to work at as a career. My employment experience is many and varied. Here’s a list of the job titles I’ve inhabited: Teaching assistant, layout artist/printing, newspaper reporter/photographer, lingerie salesperson, convenience store clerk, audio equipment operator/still store graphics generator for television news, assistant office manager, Airborn Express courier/dispatcher, inmate booking clerk (county jail), firefighter/medical first responder, police/fire dispatcher, computer salesperson, and technical support representative for a software company.

Whew. That’s quite a list. And that’s the very first time, Dear Readers, that I’ve ever compiled a list of all my employments in one place. It’s an awesome list in its wide range of careers, but it’s almost useless to me right now because it doesn’t help me market myself. Yeah, I have a lot of practical experience, doing a lot of different things, and that might make me a fascinating interview subject, but it’s not really going to earn me the big bucks. “…And that, plus fifty cents, will get you a cup of coffee.” That’s what my mother, Norma, would say.

Most likely, she’d also be disappointed in me. I was the child that “has so much potential, she can probably do whatever she wants to do when she grows up.” I wish that I’d felt the same way. Maybe if I’d been a little bit more bold, a little more decisive, I’d have a true lifetime calling by now.

I’d like to give all the young’uns out there some advice: Pick your career early in life, kids, and finish up your bachelor’s degree (at the minimum) right away. Don’t do like your Auntie Kara did, and rush through an associate’s degree just to get out into the world of work more quickly. If I could go back to my teen years and do one thing over, I would give more thought to what I wanted to be when I grew up, and then I’d take the time to finish up my bachelor’s degree right then.

I also would have more faith in my own abilities, and I’d take more chances with regard to my education, challenging myself with the more difficult classes. I didn’t think that I was able to concentrate on the difficult stuff when I was back in high school, and didn’t see how those classes were the foundation of everything that I was to learn afterward.

Now that I’m an adult, I see my own achievements and abilities so much more clearly. I also understand, too, how much of my life I’ve frittered away being an underachiever. At this point I can either give up and live out the rest of my life in unfulfilled obscurity, or I can actively take steps to continue my education into a field which interests me. Lemme think about that for a little bit…

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