The Week 4 Listmania Prompt:
“A life list of jobs you have had – from a newspaper route to babysitting to marketing manager, tour guide to waitress – what have you been up to all these years?”
When I saw this prompt I thought “oh my list is going to be really short and boring” but it was surprising to see it all listed out.
- First “real”job – Counter staff at KFC
Best Bit – Free food on shift breaks!
Worst Bit – Discovering I was allergic/intolerant to at least one of KFC’s eleven secret herbs and spices. After working there for 18 months I got so sick I had to quit. 20 years later I still can’t eat KFC.
- Computer Room Assistant at a TAFE College
Best Bit – Working with computers, helping people complete their assignments.
Worst Bit – Not many hours.
- Unemployed University Student
Best Bit – Lazy afternoons napping in the Botanic Gardens between lectures.
Worst Bit – Absolutely no income.
- IT Project Officer at a busy hospital
Best Bit – Lots of variety in the work, great learning environment.
Worst Bit – Not knowing if your contract would be renewed every few months (it always was – yay!)
- Application Developer / Database Administrator at a busy hospital
Best Bit – I LOVED this job. From when I first saw Matthew Broderick in War Games (I was 10 years old) I wanted to be a computer programmer. And for over a decade I was … actually, I still am.
Worst Bit – The travel distance from home (the only reason I did not go back to this job after having my son)
- Stay At Home Mum
Best Bit – Getting to be a fulltime Mummy.
Worst Bit – Climbing the walls because there were no other adults to talk to. I also found I really lost my identity for a while, I hadn’t realised how much of my identity was tied up in what I did for a living. For years I’d identified myself as a Programmer, or a Developer/DBA, but suddenly I wasn’t.
- Gym Childcare
Best Bit – Taking my son to work with me, working for a wonderful friend, playing games with little kids for a few hours.
Worst Bit – Having to ring in an hour before you started to see if you were needed that day.
- Freelance Developer / Database Administrator / Blog Support etc
Best Bit – Working for myself, I’m my own boss.
Worst Bit – Working for myself, I’m my own boss 😛
- Library Officer
Best Bit – Have wanted to work in a library for even longer than I wanted to be a programmer, so this new career path is very exciting. Loving how much I’m able to use my existing tech skills too.
Worst Bit – Love the job, but trying to juggle my shifts with childcare is incredibly stressful. It will all be worth it in the end though 🙂