Below you will see a list of some of the jobs I have held. Although I often didn’t want to have a job I am thankful for each of them. I developed skills from each of them. I learned things about myself from each and every one of those jobs.
Different management (or lack thereof) skills showed up in my supervisors. My bosses ran the gamut of terribly ridiculous to phenomenal. These were teachable moments because I studied how they did things. I was told by one boss not to apologize to a co-worker for a mistake I made because the co-worker “hated” me. I apologized anyway and the co-worker told me my boss was nuts and a liar. This was not new news.
Other supervisors were not only great managers they were pretty amazing people-generous, caring and encouraging. I’ve learned from all of them.
From babysitting I learned that I loved children-especially babies.
From my busgirl job I learned that the restaurant business was not for me.
Cashiering, customer service and receptionist jobs taught me that I had a knack for dealing with people. I learned many valuable lessons about helping people and listening to their needs-seeing each customer and his/her need as an individual case.
When I began working at the university I had VERY limited computer skills-basically email and internet surfing. By the time I was laid off from that corporation I knew a whole lot more than that. I discovered or rekindled my love for learning of new things and took advantage of many opportunities to bump up my skills.
From assisting my elderly friends I have learned that life is precious and time is short. That when I take time to listen to their stories I find I am hearing an era of history recounted by someone who LIVED it. I see resilience but an acceptance as well.
My passion for writing has been fueled by this blog.
I am thankful for the jobs I’ve held. My Thankful Thursday_J word is jobs.
Oh, and might I add I am thankful for Steve Jobs and Apple products?
What is your Thankful Thursday word?