I was tagged for a meme by one of my faithful readers, Jen. She’s also a faithful commenter (so for all of you reading that don’t comment, shame on you!!). Looks like I’m supposed to talk about all the jobs I’ve had.
1. My first job was at age 14 working after school for one hour a day at a daycare run by a family friend in her home. It was in walking distance from my high school.
2. Next came I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt, a frozen yogurt store where I had to wear a white polo shirt with orange trim and I decided to buy orange Converse low-tops to match. True fashion. I seem to remember that I worked there until halfway through my senior year of high school.
3. Then I worked for a credit-reporting office and I was the chief filing girl. I remember having bloody cuticles from all the filing until I got the hang of how to avoid that. I worked after school each day for about two hours. I worked there all through the end of school and through the summer until I went away to college.
4. I took a bit of a hiatus when I started college (although I don’t know why) but then I moved back home and decided to go to the local college (best move I ever made, besides getting married to Handsome of course ) and I worked for my grandmother for a few months, who owned a frozen yogurt store. Learned some hard lessons about working for family.
5. Although more of a volunteer position, I spent the summer after my first year of university as a summer missionary in Michigan. I worked in a different church each week for ten weeks, doing all kinds of different things but a lot of VBS. Many of the churches were very small. I would arrive on Saturday afternoon and they’d ask me and my partner - okay, which one of you plays the piano? Which was me, so I would play every Sunday. I got really good at sight reading hymns.
6. Next I worked for a locally owned Christian bookstore, in the music department. It was great. I got some free music, got a staff discount, met some very interesting people, got to take books home to ‘preview’ them. I worked there for about 18 months.
7. I left there in 1997 and went to work for my grandmother again as the store manager for her yogurt shop. She was having hip replacement surgery and needed someone she could trust to run the place. We had resolved our differences and it was a great experience (for me anyway!) I worked there until I finished college at the end of the year.
8. After finishing university I went to work for the International Mission Board as a journeyman missionary. I was in South Korea for two years.
9. Next job was as a temp for various offices after I moved to New Zealand. BORING.
10. Next job was at the University of Canterbury as International Admissions Officer. This was a great job, as well. It had its fair share of drudge work, but the perks were excellent. I took several overseas trips while working for them and had a great deal of flexibility that I appreciated. I worked there until I had my first child, so nearly four years.
11. Then we moved to the North Island and I was a stay at home mom until Precious was nearly one. Our circumstances changed and it was necessary for me to go to work, so I started working at the University of Waikato as a student advisor in the Waikato Management School. Also a very flexible working environment, but I was bored out of my mind. It’s probably a good thing that I hadn’t discovered blogs yet because then I would really have had no motivation at all to achieve anything. It was hard enough as it was. I worked there for only ten months because I discovered after working there just a few months that I was pregnant with daughter #2. Definitely a surprise, but God knew.
12. After that I did a little work for my husband and father-in-law in their consulting business and now I’m here in America, definitely not employed, but definitely busy