Looking for work online

I’m finding this to be a very different process than I remember. I’ve been thinking through my jobs before Mr. Phil & Co., and coming to the conclusion that in a decade, our world has changed. My last job Before Children(BC) was Ames, a department store that no longer even exists, working at the customer service desk and troubleshooting all over the store, as I had learned so much about every department in the years I worked there that I could find any item in the store. Before that, I worked a series of temporary jobs in Nashua, anything from dispatching to Wedding photography assistant. And going back before my marriage, I worked as a cashier at a convenience store, and a Daycare worker. In highschool, I had started working at Ames, and before that, when I was too young even to be “paid” I worked with a landscaping company. My work career has been a little different, hasn’t it?

But here, running the business, I have had to learn so many things to keep our business going. Organization, time management… vital just to make a home office work with four kids running through it. Marketing, sales, advertising; I had to learn them well, or we would starve. Funny how depending on this for the family’s sole income adds incentive! I like learning – in fact, I really need to get cracking on my HTML. But I also like a little stability. Working for someone else will be nice in that regard.
I’m having trouble quantifying my skill sets. I can type, use the computer – if it’s a Mac I can make it do anything! – have good phone skills, and e-mail, and face-to-face… I cook, I clean 😛
I was asked a question this week… what is my long term career goal? and I couldn’t immediately answer it. It isn’t that I drew a blank, more that I suddenly had so many ideas I felt like a kid again. What do I want to do with my life? If I could further my education (and I think I will have that chance) where would I go with it? I don’t know yet. But I know I am looking forward to figuring this out.


3 responses to “Looking for work online”

  1. You have the whole world at your fingertips again! It can be overwhelming at times starting from scratch, so never be afraid to ask for help! Good luck and lots of love on your journey! It will be exciting to hear about your accomplishments and dreams coming true!

  2. I agree with Jason…don't be afraid to ask for help! Sounds like any employer would be blessed to have you! Hang in there!

  3. Guess what! At 52, I still would have trouble identifying my career goal! I know what I don't want to do, and I could tell you some things I'd like to do, but putting them together into one goal would be hard. And never in my wildest dreams when I was younger would I have said that I'd enjoy being a secretary (even in my own church), but I do. From the time I was small, though, I had a burden for children who were orphaned, and I heard something the other day that has been on my heart since I heard it — a friend of a friend is on her way (with her husband) to serve at an orphanage in Africa. Part of their duties will be to go to the dump and check for babies who have been left there to die. So we'll see what God is going to do with that burden on my heart.