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 Category:  Biographical Non-Fiction
  Posted: February 27, 2020      Views: 20

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The many jobs I have had during my lifetime
"For Hire" by KatyM

When I was twenty-five years old I had never held a job. My parents in their infinite wisdom thought they were helping me by not allowing me to get a job, during high school and college. Sure, when I was a teenager, I was hired as a babysitter and that gave me some spending money. Back then, I was only making 50 cents an hour to babysit.

I remember one summer when I was probably 13 or 14 I had a job and would take care of two little kids all day long. I don't remember how much I actually made. At the end of the Summer, I remember buying a wooden tennis racket for 50.00 and that was a big deal for me. I was proud of it and back then the tennis rackets were expensive.

Another time, I went out of town with a family and was the Nanny for the two little girls for two weeks. I also got free tennis lessons fro a pro tennis player when we stayed at Lakeway in Austin for two weeks. I remember the girls teaching me how to play several card games.

I went to college from the Summer of 1977 to December of 1984 without a break from school. I was so sick of school that by the time I got out I just got whatever degree I could just to get out. One Summer, I was so sick of school and was going to quit. I told my Dad that I wanted to get a job for the Summer and not go to school. He said, "No, you are going to go to school. If you quit, then I will not pay for your rent or living expenses."Since I was dependent on him paying my bills, I had to continue going to school.

Looking back, I can now understand why they didn't want me to work and go to school. It's hard, working full-time and finding the time to study for school. I know now that it actually makes you more focused.
In 1984, I graduated from The University of Texas, at Austin in December that year. I saw a For Hire sign in the classifieds and applied for the daycare worker position. I got the job and was there for about a month and got bronchitis. I was so sick that I had to move back home with my parents in Corpus Christi, Texas. We put my furniture in storage and I went home for a couple of months.

I still remember my Dad would wake me up at 5:30 am every morning. He would say, "Looking for a job is a full-time job." So I would get up and listen to Zig Zigler on the radio with my Dad every morning. I got to spend time with my Dad and learn some nuggets along the way from Zig Zigler. About the time I was staying with my parents, I took a computer class to learn how to work a computer. This was before the Windows operating system.

Then one day I got a call from one of my friends who lived in Houston at the time. She knew someone at church that needed a Director for their new daycare. Since I had a degree in Psychology and Child Development, Paula thought I might want to interview for the job. I went to Houston and I was hired for the position It was going to be challenging since I had never had a real job before. I didn't know to ask them about getting off work to be able to go to my graduation at the end of May. So when the time came for my graduation, they wouldn't let me off work to go. I missed my graduation for my Bachelor's Degree.

I was there for six months, I happened to look in the classified ads one day and there was an ad for my job. I was like what? I went and talked to the owners, they had sold the daycare center to a person that wanted to be the director. The new owner decided that I wasn't the right person for the Director position, and put the ad in the classifieds. She told me," Katy, you can be one of the teachers, but your salary would go down to hourly." The idea of getting lesser pay and going down a position, I just couldn't do it. So I was unemployed for about a month or so. I then got a seasonal job with a department store. It was a learning experience in making sure I could survive on the money I made from there. I continued that job after the Christmas season for a couple of years until I was able to get a job in my field.

I applied for a Teacher Assistant position at a middle school. I was hired the day I went for the interview. From the start, I felt at home there. I was there for four years with a break in between to have my second daughter. To this day I am still friends with the Teacher I worked for at that time.
When I was at home with my children, I homeschooled for a couple of years. Then I decided to start substituting in 2003. I put two of my children in public school. There were times when I would even substitute in one of their classes.

Finally, about 2009 I decided to go back to school and get my teaching certificate. I went to graduate school online and got my Masters of Special Education in 2010. I continue to substitute in high schools. As my children have gotten older, I have gotten to where I like to work with the high school students.

I think my next job will be working from home and tutoring online. It has gotten so much easier to get a job online and there is no commute, no expenses. I just need to show up.

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Prompt: For Hire, 1000 word count
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