I've had many, many a job - partially since I started working right when I turned 16 and partially because I spent many a moon being a lost little ship.
I've decided to list the various life lessons I learned at some of my past places of employment.
My very first job was at a DRY CLEANERS:
- Humans are disgusting. Like, grosser than you could ever imagine. Like, clumps of downstairs hair in zippers gross. Shudder. Some things never leave you.
I then moved on to work in the three year-old class room at a DAYCARE:
- If you can get 30 three year-olds into swimsuits and their 30 different sunscreens on, there's little that will intimidate you going forward in life. The saying should not be"herding cats" but "herding a gaggle of three year-olds hopped up on sugar and excited for swim time all greased up with sunscreen."
My first job in college was as a TELEMARKETER:
- This job sucks just as much on the making side as the receiving side. "THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AHOLE!" is an appropriate expression for a variety of settings.
Spent a summer as a file clerk at a TRASH COMPANY:
- The variety of trash related problems in the world are shocking. And the passion people feel about these trash related problems is much, much larger than you'd guess. Don't take not having trash problems for granted.
Another summer as a PERSONAL ASSISTANT:
Another summer as a DOG WALKER:
- I am not equipped for anything outside of man to man coverage when it comes for caring for things that are alive. Like dogs. They smell incompetence.
I proceeded to spend most of my college years at a BURGER PLACE:
- I know how many 2 oz condiment cups it takes to empty a Crown Royal bottle between three people. I also know you shouldn't let three young adults be in charge of or left alone at an establishment.
Also in college I was a YOUTH INTERN:
- Despite the above life lesson, they let me work with impressionable young people... and I have never learned so much or felt so hopeful for the future as I did in that job.
My first job out of college was as an executive assistant at a NON-PROFIT THRIFT STORE:
- I actually learned a lot at this job, largely because my desk (and who I reported to) was between two married people who had a ... volatile... way of relating to each other. I learned how to hum loudly and lose myself in Farmville. Also, people are capable of much more than we give them credit for and organizations that strive to help people who are shunted by society are to be commended... regardless of how loud the executive assistant has to hum to not go bananas.
My next job was as a HR ASSISTANT:
- With great power comes great responsibility. Oh. The secrets you find out. The power. THE POWER. It was too much. Fade to black.
After we moved to Denver I started working at an OB/GYN:
- You CAN make this face for a year straight.
I then moved to NEUROLOGY:
- There are not many places or people where I don't feel like sass is appropriate - all sass all the time. However, neurosurgeons are the exception to this (and I include sassing rocket scientists in this statement). It's hard to argue with someone who operates on brains - successfully. However, McDreamy is a big, fat false advertisement.
During grad school I worked at an INSURANCE COMPANY:
- Working with some of your best friends is a hootenanny. Working in a male dominated field, not so much. Making it rain every time proving all the sexists wrong, brings us back up to hootenanny level.
I am now a THERAPIST (among other things):
- People are crazy. I'm crazy. We're all crazy. Isn't it glorious?