13 years ago today I was sitting in my first day of orientation. It was the best job prospect I had since graduating 3 years prior when there were minimal jobs in my field. I had been working in a “volunteer” position but it was terminated 9 months after I started due to a restructure. And then this opportunity came along. It was part time to start, but they made it sound like full time was a very real possibility very soon. As it turns out, full time started about a month later. I was feeling a mix of excitement, nerves, uncertainty and relief. I was beginning to think I was going to have to go back to school and seek out a new career. I was done with working food/retail. I didn’t love my brief foray into admin and software programming.
Like any job, it’s had it’s ups and downs. Thankfully the rewards still outweigh the tough times. Our former director suggested the average lifespan in this career is 5-8 years. I feel like the first 13 have been such a blur. Some amazing moments are permanently etched to memory. Some horrendous moments I’d rather forget are also permanently etched to memory. This career has changed me, changed my outlook on life, forced me to re-evaluate what is important in life. I won’t lie, I do still have moments of “if I knew then…”, and I probably always will – especially as it pertains to things like health risks of shift work, PTSD (thought I might have dodged that bullet, alas, no), and even things like what it’s truly like to be an outside worker (Hello bitter cold, driving rains, sweltering heat, impromptu hikes deep in the rough, etc.). I’ve also been so lucky to have met and worked with some of the best people you’d ever want to meet.
I don’t overly want to dwell on my memoirs. It’s still far too early in my career for that, and OMERS tells me I still have ~19 years to go. That being said, I do have a work related layout I thought today would be a perfect day to share. It was a selfie I happened to snap last year when I was having a good hair day! 😉 I wanted to use some of Simple Stories 24/7 line for the layout because the job is 24/7/265. A rare layout, just for me. No challenges. No sketch inspiration. Just a selfie and a collection pack.