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The days more than half over and I’m just now getting my T13 up, but better late then never. And today is my thirteenth Thursday Thirteen. That’s gotta be special.
So today we are discussing thirteen jobs I’ve had. Between the ages of 18 and 23 I had a little bit of teenage/young adult angst…which is my way of saying I was a job-hopper. As you can imagine, my parents were thrilled by this. *waving hi to mom and dad*
1. My very first job [which was also the one and only job I ever had while I was in school] was at Jyacc, Inc. I believe they were later bought out by Agency.com which is where you can find them today. So anway, my mom worked at Jyacc and got me this great *insert sarcasm* desk job. It was in an office they were just getting ready to move in to. I was the only person in the office most days. I unpacked boxes and answered phones. Occassionally I would order lunch for people. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that people. By the end of the day I was so tired of answer the phone, “Jyacc, this is Christine” that I was struggling to say the name correctly. Some times I’d say “Jayacc” or “Ji-ack” or “Jack.” It was miserable. I only lasted about a week and then I was back in front of the television all day at my mom’s house.
2. After I dropped out of college, my dad said, “If you live in my house and don’t go to school then you get a job.” So I did. I went to work at Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers. [Yes, that's the full name.] I did a little bit of everything there. I worked the front register where I took orders, made change, cleaned the tables after people left and filled up the salad bar. I also worked the drive-thru where I froze my behind off in the winter. I even filled fries, made burgers on the grill [when we were slow] and made sandwiches. Plus I toasted buns and occassionally did the dishes. I was a jill of all trades.
3. While working at Wendy’s I got this wild hair up my butt to get a second job at a nursing home. This job started at like 4am or some ungodly hour in the morning. It was still dark out when I went to work. I often closed at Wendy’s and didn’t go to bed until 2am. I think you can guess how long this nursing home gig lasted. Not long. But I did really like it. I worked with severly handicapped teenagers/young adults. It was an extremely rewarding job. I think it would have been even more rewarding if it wasn’t so early in the morning.
4. Then I gave customer service a whirl. Yeah, me. And customer service. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize those two things mix about as well as water and vinegar. I’m so NOT a people person. So that lasted about two weeks and then I just stopped showing up. I was so responsible back then. *snort*
5. So customer service didn’t work out. The next step was Target. For some reason I thought that even though customer service was not my thing that maybe talking to people in the checkout would be. Yeah, right. I didn’t even make it through orientation.
6. After the quick stint at the nursing home, I decided I wanted to go back to school to be a nurse. The local community college had a very, very long waiting list for the nursing program. So while I waited I took classed to become a Certified Nurses Aide. After I got my certificate I got a job in an elderly nursing home. I worked on the alzheimer’s floor. This was also a very rewarding job. When I graduated from high school I had originally gone to school [you know, before I dropped out] to be either a genetic engineer or a geriatrician. So working with elderly was always something I wanted to do.
However, actually working with the elderly is something else. It’s so sad to see all of these patients living in the nursing home and rarely [if ever] getting a visit from a family member. It’s almost criminal. DO NOT FORGET YOUR FAMILY IN THE NURSING HOME. [That's my T13 lesson for the week.]
While I worked at the nursing home we lost two patients. And I don’t mean lost, like can’t find them. I mean lost like went to live with God. That’s just devasting. (1) Because seeing and touching a dead person is not something I enjoy. (2) You get really attached to these patients and it’s so sad to let them go.
While I worked at the nursing home, I got pregnant with Keaton. I had some complications in the beginning and I was unable to do any heavy lifting. I decided to go ahead and quit my job at this point.
7. After Keaton was born, I got a job as a file clerk at US Cellular. I had a boss that could make a grown woman cry. And by that I mean she was a raving bitch. Even worse then me coming off my meds. Keaton was born in August. From Halloween to Valentine’s Day I had him at the doctor weekly. He had ear infection, bronchitis, RSV, pnuemonia. You name it. He had it. But I never missed more work then I had time. My mom and dad took days off to stay home with Keaton. My roommate [and best friend] even called in sick a few times to stay home with him. But I was still in my six months probationary period and my boss fired me just days before that was up. Bitch.
8. Then I [FINALLY] went back to school. I decided I could no longer work minimum wage jobs doing the most boring tasks all day for the biggest bitches ever. While I was going to school I worked part-time as an Administrative Assistant at brokerage firm. After a while I decided I needed to work full-time and go to school part-time. The brokerage firm was more than happy to hire me on full-time. I input commissions for brokers, got my first taste of accounts payable printing out checks and I typed up legal documents for the lawyer. I really liked that job, but it didn’t pay very well.
9. So I left the brokerage firm to do payroll at Amana Refridgeration. This was [almost, only second to being a file clerk] the most boring job ever. It wasn’t really payroll. It was really data entry. And I have a little ADD brain. ADD brains and data entry don’t go hand and hand. They aren’t talking long strolls together in the park. Instead they throw rocks and each other and call each other bad names. After just a month [and almost getting run off the road by a semi because I had a fairly long commute for this job...not a NY commute, but longer than the 7 minutes I have now] I handed in my resignation. I did give two weeks notice though.
10. Then I landed a job in Accounts Receivable for metal company. I liked this job. It had a little variety so I didn’t get bored. Plus one of my good friends worked there [and helped me get the job in the first place.] However, there was a down side. [Isn't there always?] I worked with a girl who constanly had a reason for not coming in to work. She took over a month off when her husband had a hernia operation or something. She took a few days off to deal with insurance issues when her snowmobile got stolen. She was constantly sick. She even took a few days off because her dog had allergies. It was ridiculous. Our manager even made comments about her and her lack of presence in the office. But yet she never got written up for it. I finally had enough and quit. I was sick and tired of doing her work while she made more money then me. There was a ton more drama after I left that I’m so glad I wasn’t there for. People like that make me want to rip all their hair out in big bloody clumps. But moving on…
11. After that job I got a job in a law office. I was in accounting. Which was right up my alley since I was a Business Administration student. But once I got started I found out it wasn’t really accounting. It was in the accounting department, but it was really transcription. I even had one of those foot pedals. Except, instead of transcribing the exciting details of big court cases, I got to transcribe hours; things like “Met with client 0.5 hours. Researched case law 2.4 hours.” OH. MY. GOSH. Do you know how freaking boring that was? I kept getting easily distracted. And then I had to quit.
12. Since I quite without a job to go to, I had to get a temp job. I went to Accountemps. They had a job at MCI that paid well [in fact more than I made at the law firm], but it didn’t start for three weeks. This actually worked out quite well because I had given a two week notice at the law firm. Instead of accepting my two week notice, they just sent me home. ONLY they paid me for my two week notice. So I got paid for staying home. And that just ROCKED!
13. After just three months, MCI decided to hire me on permanently. So then I was at MCI/Worldcom/MCI Worldcom/MCI/Verizon Business [we've been through a few mergers, a bankruptcy and many, many name changes]. And this is where I have been since 1998. [Kids make you grow up and smell the money I guess No more job hopping for me. *grin*] I started out as a billing analyst creating/running usage reports, issuing credits/debits and even a little bit of training. Then I moved on to my current Project Manager position where I make sure what we’re selling can be billed. And I’m somewhat happy here. Although my goal is to eventually quit and work for myself. But at the moment I’m comfortable and I work with some great people.
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