January 19, 2009

Job History - Random Thoughts

Lately I have been feeling a bit like Kirk from Gilmore Girls, who always has a new gig to bring in the money. Too bad I haven't been able to save any where near the $250,000 he did.

My first "real" job was at Joni's Cones, an enjoyable summer job scooping ice cream and waiting for unexpected visits from Tony, who at the time was "just a friend." Since then I have worked in three different restaurants, each time being reminded why I don't ever want to work in that industry. My longest job was working at Target, though I didn't keep the same position very long. As soon as I started to get sick of whatever job I had, I would find a way to switch positions, which kept things semi exciting.

Before Target, I worked at Arcadia Health Care as a home health aide, mostly assisting the elderly with personal hygiene and housework. I thought I would love it, as I have always enjoyed taking care of children. But I learned quickly taking care of children is nothing like taking care of the elderly, and I am not blessed with that gift.

My favorite job by far was as nanny of two of my favorite boys. Soon, I will have my own favorite boy to take care of. Hopefully the many hours I spent with them has somewhat prepared me for the 24/7 childcare that will soon consume my life.

I also worked part time as a telemarketer for an insurance agent. That was worse than any restaurant job I had. I will never forget when I called to ask for some Joe Smith, having his wife answer only to tell me that Joe recently passed away, and no, he was not available.

Then there is the part time work I do for stock20, answering email and other various tasks that end up being passed on to me. This I enjoy, but it is a barely part time gig.

My newest job is as a tax preparer for Jackson Hewitt. So far, I love it. I am learning a lot, and being somewhat challenged, but at the same time I don't feel completely overwhelmed or inadequate. And the timing is perfect. Tax season will be over a month before Levi comes, so I will have some time for last minute preparations.

The biggest dilemma is that while I have enjoyed most of these jobs, if only for a season, none of them have provided any sort of inspiration for a lifelong career. Unlike Tony, I don't have one thing I am passionate about that can pay any bills.

So for now, I am a tax preparer. And in a few months I will be a mother. I have a feeling no job will ever be more desirable than that of being a mom.


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