I decided it was high time for another post and my friend Jeanie gave me a great idea. She wrote about the jobs she has had in her life and it was really interesting. You should check out her post here.
Anyway, maybe in the future someone in my family is interested in what their mom/grandmother used to do, so this is for them.
I started out working young. I was 17 and did not enjoy going to school, so I dropped out after grade 10. I started working in a store, but after only a few months decided to move to Canada instead.
Over there my first job was in a factory, making drawers. Reality hit and I realized that I did not want to do this for the rest of my life and that I had made a mistake in not finishing high school. Why I never took some classes to get my degree, I will never know. Something was always more important or there was no time.
Anyway I did take some evening classes and was able to train as a bank teller. This was the line of work I loved. Working with numbers. I only lasted about 6 months as a teller, when a job in the loan department opened up and I applied for that and got it. I loved that job. It was the job I have loved the most from my "working career". I stayed there for about 3 years until I got pregnant and had to stop working due to difficulties during the pregnancy.
That was in 1986 and the beginning of the most important job of my life. Having two beautiful girls and trying to instill lasting values onto them, was very important to us. I was a stay at home mom till they started school. But then I was more than ready to find some work and help with the home budget.
My mom had a boutique at the time and decided to offer me her shop. So we worked out a payment plan and I tried to run that shop, while having small children. Big mistake. After only 3 years, I realized that if I kept the store I would end up with more debt than I started with and I was definitely NOT helping out with our budget. We cut our losses and decided to sell the store.
After that fiasco I decided to stay in the line of work I loved, which was with numbers/accounting. I applied for a part time position in accounting and started that job in May of 1997. It was the ideal job. I was able to work in the mornings when the girls were in school and had the afternoons off. I stayed at this job for 10 years. Then I decided it was time for change.
I started to look for something else that would interest me, but it is hard to find a part time job in such a small community. So for the next 2 jobs I actually took what I could get, which was a year in the financial Dept. (until that job was moved and I did not want to move with it, so they gave me a job in the administration Dept. of our Co-op (hated that job).
I kept looking until I got the job in Human Resources working with IPS (our government health care plan). This job was very challenging, because anybody who knows about bureaucracy.....this job was FULL of it! I stayed at it for 4 years.
I was ready for a change and when our receptionist (in Human Resources, same Dept.) announced she would be quitting her job in March of this year I decided I would apply for it. It is a full time position and even though it's the first time I worked full time since I had my children, I'm really liking it. The job is not very challenging, but there is lots of different things to do, and I am definitely not bored (which is very important to me). I don't think I'll be at this job for many years, but for now it's just right.
I think I'm blessed to still be able to have a job at my age. I see how many young girls are looking for jobs and I hope I know when it's time to let one of them take my place. I just have to figure out what to do when I retire....
|This is my office at the present time.|
Who knows what the future holds?