Monday, May 04, 2009

(not quite) 40 Jobs I've Actually Held

Yes, believe it or not, I was able to come up with (not quite) 40 different jobs I've had in my life. I am the consummate 'Jack of All Trades, Master of None.' I may have forgotten some. If so, I'll add them in. Meanwhile, prepare to be confused:

  1. Litter picker-upper - The first job I ever had. I had a stick with a nail in it and walked around the apartment complex where we lived and picked up trash. I sucked at it, and Mom (who was manager of the complex) fired me.
  2. Seasonal Dept Associate - I worked at Target in Toys and Seasonal. It wasn't too bad of a job, really. Well, except for putting together lawn mowers and patio sets.
  3. Fry Cook - Yeap, I put my time in at Mcdonald's. In fact, I worked at several different ones during my life.

  4. Pizza Delivery Guy - I've worked at several different Pizza Huts in different states. At one point, I actually worked at Mickey-D's AND Pizza Hut at the same time. Ah, Shan hated those days...
  5. College Lunch line Cook - Believe it or not, they actually let *ME* cook on the grill at the first college I attended and they paid me for it! Crazy people!
  6. Computer Sales Associate - I worked for a small computer consulting company. They offered me an assistant manager position if I would stay and not go back to college. Thank the Lord, I chose to return to school!
  7. Lawn mower - I was hired to mow a hill. The hill was at least 30 feet tall and most of it was at least 45-degrees. No lie. Oh, and the temp was an all-time high of about 110 (this was in northern Virginia). I got sick as a dog by lunch and left the job. Manual labor was not for me.
  8. Computer lab manager - At the first college I went to, I got a job working in the computer lab. I loved that job, and it is probably what started my career path, though I spent most days playing Wizardy on old clunky IBM-PC's!

  9. Door-to-door jewelry salesman - Seriously. I drove my car all over the state, trying to sell jewelry to business employees. I sucked at it.
  10. Radio salesman - I was hired by a radio station in little rock as a sales guy. I hated the boss - he came across as a sleazy weasel, and I quit after two days.
  11. Radio disc jockey - I worked for the local commercial radio station in college. I actually liked that job a lot. I have DJing in my blood.

  12. College radio DJ - When I wasn't working at the commercial station, I was working at the college station.
  13. College radio news director - I was in charge of newscasts for the college station. I even won two awards for my work there. It was awesome.

  14. College radio station manager - I eventually made it to manager (co-manager) of the campus radio station. I thought it was what I wanted to do forever - manage radio stations. That got blown away when the local commercial station owner kept showing up at midnight to fix stuff. No thanks.
  15. Virginia Whiskey - I had a temp job where I was the guy who made sure the bottles of whiskey got put into boxes. The bottles came down a line single-file and then at the end of the line, they formed a 3x3 grid. Below the bottles, the boxes would come along and my job was to expand the boxes so the 3x3 bottles would drop in. Lots of bottles would smash into each other and I left there smelling like (and wearing) whiskey.
  16. Administrative Assistant - Yeap, I was an office manager once. I helped the interim director for a state organization. It was a do-nothing job and I can't even remember why I left, unless it was to take another job.
  17. Human Resources Assistant - I think this is the job I left the admin assistant job for. I worked for a great lady who taught me a lot about human resources, organization, law, etc. I actually had two bosses, and the second one had me running all over the place getting the company ready for JCAHO certification.

  18. Network Administrator - While at that same place, I was allowed to troubleshoot computer and network issues, and they added those duties to my job and paid me for it! That was where I cut my teeth on Netware 2 and 3 and first learned just what the heck a token ring was. UGH. I also wrote an access database program for them. I loved that part of the job.
  19. Computer Repair Tech - I worked for a local university as a computer tech. I liked the job fine, mainly because the higher-ups included me in everything we did. I learned a ton working there, and it's there that ultimately led to what I do now.
  20. Education Service Center Technology Coordinator - I left the university to take a job that I knew nothing about other than I was asked if I liked gadgets and if I liked to help people with technology. Since my answer was 'yes' to both, there i was. Little did I know that I'd be TEACHING technology classes. I was pretty rough at first, but over time, I learned how to take things slowly and actually help teachers understand the technology they were being asked to use.
  21. pizza waiter - Oh, i forgot, for a while I worked as a waiter for pizza hut. I made good tips because I was good at it. Then again, it's not all that hard, right?

  22. pizza cook - and, I was also a pizza cook for a while at pizza hut. I enjoyed it a lot, but I always got dinged for putting TOO MANY toppings on my pizzas. Rather than use the scale, I used my eyes. I laid enough toppings to make the pizzas LOOK good... Yeah, I used way too much. Oh well!
  23. Distance Learning Coordinator - My most recent previous job. I enjoyed the 'techie' side of distance learning and I have to admit, visiting the baseball hall of fame through interactive video is AWESOME!! I had a lot of fun in the job, but was not so good at some of the curriculum-related parts of the job. So, last year, my co-worker and I were asked to switch jobs. :-) Honestly, I couldn't be happier!
  24. computer consultant - My catch-all independent work. I've done work for friends, family, and a congressman. This job covers everything from networking to virus removal to recovering lost files. I really never know what each will bring.
  25. Internet sales guy - yeap, I'm an eBayer. I sell whatever I can online. For a while, I was hitting it hard and heavy - buying things off other sites then selling them on eBay. That has fallen by the wayside recently, but I am still considering a sideline job of selling other people's things for a commission - like consignment.
  26. Lifeguard - for a very short time, I worked as a lifeguard. I was certified, the pool needed someone, I filled the void for about a week. I am pretty sure I was the basis for the guys on Baywatch.... Well, that's what I tell myself anyway.
  27. College Practicum Instructor - while serving as radio station manager in college, I also team-taught the class in which students got their 'hands-on' experience at the station. I guess I have teaching in me, just not teaching KIDS!
  28. School District Technology coordinator - for a short time, I served as the district head tech guy in Prescott. For the sake of this discussion, let's just say I had some personal issues, and I left the job within a very short time.
  29. Education service center technology coordinator - yes, I know I already listed this, but it is sort of a running joke around my circle of colleagues because it seems I always come back to this title (I've had it three times, well, technically four times). I worked as the Technology Coordinator at Camden, then left to work in Prescott, then returned as the Tech coord in Camden, then left to take the distance learning coordinator job at Hope, which then switched me over to the tech coord position. So, my friends like to rib me about that... I can handle it. :-)

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