The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews. This week’s topic is: what I wanted to do when I grew up vs. what I actually do.
My career path goals took some twists and turns as I grew up.
First, I wanted to be a teacher. Then I realized I wasn’t very good at explaining things to people.
Next, I wanted to be a translator for the UN. My mother wrecked that for me by putting so much pressure on me in regards to how much money I’d make.
Later, I thought being a psychologist was what I wanted to do. And it was a great fit, but so many years of school, plus more pressure from my mother made me rethink it all.
I came to the conclusion that I ought to do something that I enjoy and am good at, so I switched majors and chose a more culinary-focused path. My counselor suggested restaurant management so I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen when I was 80. Made sense.
Then, I ran out of money and had to bail. I still regret this, but I lucked into a good job that pays well, has a relaxed atmosphere, and really suits me.
So, what do I do now? I’m a receptionist/secretary/project assistant/human resources manager/accounts payable/gal Friday for a construction plumber. We’re a small, family-owned business so I have a whole pile of hats that I wear on any given day. Some fit better than others, but I wear them all.
Although things can get dicey here at times (I’m literally the only woman in the entire company as well as the only person who didn’t start out as a plumber), but I do love my job. I joke about having 50 children because at any time I can be holding the hand of three or four of our guys (metaphorically), but it’s also what I’m good at. Taking care of things for other people. Heaven only knows, my boss wouldn’t ever make it to a meeting on time if it wasn’t for me.
I do still have dreams, but for the moment, I’m content where I am.