Past Jobs

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So, although I am now on disability and haven’t worked in 15 years, this doesn’t mean that I’ve never worked at all. I’ve had a ton of different jobs. Let’s take a look:

Door-to-Door Greeting Card Salesperson: I think this is an unusual job for an 11-year-old, but I did it. My mom wouldn’t give me an allowance, but she wanted me to learn the value of hard work. I guess. Which is why she found this job for me. I was terrible at it, and barely sold any cards. I was too shy to approach strangers at their homes and convince them to buy my product. I don’t think I lasted very long.

Telemarketer at a Timeshare Program: It was my job to lure people to our office so they can listen to our salesmen’s spiel about the wonders of timesharing a condo at a resort destination. *whisper* SCAM! I don’t know if the timeshare part was a scam (probably it was), because the real scam was getting the people to come in so they could pick up their prize that I had previously told them (on the phone) that they just “won,” and leaving out the part about them having to sit through a presentation before they got it. I was 15.

McDonald’s cashier: At the McDonald’s in my town, the employees didn’t wear the old polyester uniforms with the vertically-striped sleeves and collar (see above); they wore golf shirts and black pants. If they had worn the old uniforms, I wouldn’t have taken the job. My duties included ringing up people’s orders at the counter, and sometimes the drive-thru, and making French fries and salads, the latter of which they had just introduced to the public. My favorite was working the drive-thru because sometimes my friends would go through it and sneak me a few sips of beer through the window. I was 17.

Temporary jobs: I’ve had numerous jobs that I got through a temp agency. They hire people to work temporarily at a company’s office doing administrative stuff. Sometimes it’s temp-to-hire, which means the company can offer you a job in place of the temporary gig. Other times it’s only for a couple of weeks, which is good when you can’t stand the employer! I worked as a temp during my early and mid-20s.

Veterinary Assistant: In my mid-20s, the summer before I returned to college, I got a job at an animal hospital to gain what medical experience I could, with regard to dogs and cats. I was planning to go to veterinary school, after all. This was one of my favorite jobs. I helped the doctors and vet techs (nurses) with a number of different procedures. I observed a spay, which was interesting, especially because the cat being operated on was one of mine! I learned how to identify parasites by looking at stool samples through a microscope (I know, gross but interesting). I held an awful lot of animals during nail trims, blood draws, and the doctors’ examinations. The worst, and what ultimately made me quit, was having to hold animals during euthanasia. It was absolutely depressing, and it made me realize that I couldn’t be a veterinarian. I was too emotional.

These are just a few of the many jobs I’ve had. (Some of you know that my last job was teaching college English.) I’ve also sold ball bearings over the phone; worked as a writing tutor; and worked in a medical school library where I would later be hospitalized. If I continued listing everything, this post would go on forever lol!

Looking back at my job history, it’s easy to see that I didn’t keep jobs for very long, and I took a variety of jobs. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’m bipolar — like maybe I was going through an undiagnosed hypomanic episode(s) which caused me to go from one job to another.


What are some of the jobs you’ve held?

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7 thoughts on “Past Jobs

  1. Wow, you’ve had a ton of different and sometimes very interesting jobs! I’ve never had a job and didn’t even do much in the way of community service. It must be frustrating to be unable to work, although it may also be a relief.

    1. It’s a little of both, I think. Some days I don’t feel productive and it can be a blow to my self-worth. Other times, I’m relieved that I don’t have to deal with anxiety from calling in sick (from depression), wondering if the higher-ups know about me, and so on.

  2. I think everyone worked at McDonald’s at some point in their lives. LOL!
    I was a shoe salesperson for a couple months, a security guard for Bell Communications and then Merrill Lynch, a customer service representative for a waterbed company, and worked in there stores PT to earn extra money. I also worked at a finance company, then a collections company in their legal department, then during the recession back in the ’90s, I worked in the seafood department of a supermarket. Then… Accounts payable for nearly 20 years. The last job was a branch administrator for a steel distributor. (That was one of my favorites because it was so diversified.
    Now I’m on disability and have been for the 2 & 1/2 years.

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