Stealing this idea from my girl at Stephany Writes, but I have had the pleasure of working in many different fields, and by ‘many’ I mean, just two. I have only two modes when it comes to employment Dogs, and Admin. I know what I’m good at and stick to it! (shrugs) Here’s a short list of all the places that I have worked.
I’m the oldest of six, so it stands to reason that the first job I was ever paid to do was watch other people kids, including my own siblings (which I did NOT get paid for). However, I babysat so much, I was pretty much burnt out on the idea of kids or ever having them for quite some time. Now that I’m a little bit older, the sound like a diverting pass time, but only with the right person. L O L.
2.) Kennel Attendant for Dog Daycare
My first official job (aka I signed tax documents for) was working at a dog daycare. At sixteen I began volunteering with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and I wanted to make sure I worked at a place that was going to be cool with me bringing my dogs to work with me. In my hometown dog, daycares were a dime a dozen so I landed a gig with DDDD. It was probably one of the worst jobs I’ve ever held, but it paid my meager bills (read: car insurance and food) and it allowed me to fill a slight sense of independence. However… the D R A MA associated with that place ridiculous. The business changed hands a few times, the owners would yell and scream at each other, the manager hated the owners, the assistant manager refused to do any work. Coworkers were constantly blowing up and storming out. I lasted exactly 8 months before I bailed.
3.) Kennel Attendant for Dog Daycare #2
I moved to my competition smoothly, despite the business owner and manager of DDDD begging me to stay, I happily accepted my new position in a much smaller, better run business. Despite earlier hours, and many weekend shifts I enjoyed my time there much better. I could work on homework and not worry about being yelled at. However, my time there was more of a growing period. I had some trouble arriving on time and remember to do everything that was asked of me. But we worked it out and I was a better employee because of it.
However, six months into my time at this daycare, my dad announced that he was moving the family to a town about an hour and half from where we lived; much to my dismay. But I quickly realized I’d not be able to afford to stay with a parttime salary, so I got online and began searching for jobs similar to what I wanted near our new location.
4.) Advanced Dog Trainer and Progam Manager for Service Dog Organization
You can imagine my delight when I found a locally run service dog organization located just 30 minutes outside of our new home; and even greater moments when I got not only the position but a new home ALL BY MYSELF. Out of all my jobs thus far, this was my favorite – yes my boss was also crazy, but I got to get PAID to TRAIN DOGS. AND I got to work with other people who were raising puppies, and yes there were bad times, but I loved, loved, loved, getting to watch the dogs I’d trained change people’s lives. But. My boss was crazy, and the rollercoaster ride that was working with her was stressing me to the max. So after a year, I decided to cut my ties and go back to pursuing my degree.
4.5) Webmaster for University Police Department
While I worked with the SD organization Is as also working part-time for a University Police Department as their webmaster and social media guru – I only put in 20 hours with them and worked the other 20 with the SDO. However, once I quit the SDO I stayed on at UPD for another two years while I worked on my degree. During my time there Id also work football games, as a Campus Protection Specialist (which I still do to this day) and got to deal with the processing and booking of people who were arrested at the games. THE STORIES I can tell from days spent working under the stadium. Wooo. However, I quickly realized that I’d need more money if I wanted to complete my degree and began looking for full-time employment for the first time.
5.) Receptionist for a Veterinary Clinic
Is it apparent I like animals yet? So once again I pursuing animal friendly avenues. After I left my employment with the SDO I began raising guide dog puppies again and wanted to continue doing that, so I applied and got a job as a receptionist for a very busy vet clinic. I was there for another 2.5 years and that also was a doozy of a job. The volume of customers, the drama from working with four doctors, the dread of going to work was enough to push anyone over the edge. Eight months into this position I realized that I wanted to pursue my bachelor’s degree and once I paid off my debts began searching for a position at the University I wished to attend. That took a solid year of constantly applying before I got a hit; which I took without a second thought.
6.) Receptionist for a University Counseling Center
Ever heard the phrase, out of the frying pan and into the fire? That’s kind of what this move was. IT was a good move, don’t get me wrong – I’ve made lifelong friends out of the people who I worked with, but this also was a place full of turmoil and drama. Things that really shouldn’t be at a place where people are seeking help. I stuck it out because of school, but also spent most of the time trying to find a workplace where I didn’t dread coming to work because I was SO overworked and underpaid. I reminded myself constantly that my main goal was to get free school and so I worked hard on balancing my class schedule and work life. But after yet another year of applying to the University, I was able to move.
7.) Administrative Assistant for University Housing
This was finally a move that felt right to me, from the interview process up until my hiring (which essentially happened the same day) – I knew I’d found the place for me. I’ve officially been in this position for a year now, and honestly, love everyone I work with. While I don’t have a lot of job responsibilities, it has been perfect for me completing my last two years of college (8 months until graduation!).
If anything I’ve learned over my career as a working woman, its how important the work environment is to me, especially as a full-time employee. I need to feel respected and appreciated at my job. As of today, I’ve decided to strongly look into the Non-Profit field once I graduate. I’d L O V E to work for another service dog organization, but will be happy to be able to make a difference in any other capacity.