Hello MummyManifesto readers!
They have both matched up their topics this week so we get to confess and list our past employment. What wonderful and weird jobs have we had in our career?
1993-1995: A) I grew up on a farm and during shearing season, as a teenager, my Dad used to pay us to work as a rouseabout, (Which is basically a general farm hand but in the shearing shed) If we worked the same hours as the shearing team and didn’t slack off, he would pay us similar wage rate to the real deal. So the money was a big attraction but the actual work is hard going. That first day every bone, muscle and ligament hurts so much!
B) Also in my teens I worked as a waitress on Saturday mornings in a cafe, and then later I also worked waitressing on Friday and Saturdays nights at a local restaurant.
1995-1999: The first few years of my life I waitressed while studying at college as I didn’t have many qualifications and it was hard to get employment. I often worked either at a cafe/lunchbar during the day, then go off to another restaurant at weekends or combine it with study. I also worked in a hotel in reception, bar and restaurant for a year in the north of WA. Although I remember these times as sometimes living pay cheque to pay cheque, I have met 2-3 of my close friends during this time and are still friends with them more than 10 years on.
2000-2004 After a while I got sick of the hospitality industry but didn’t know what to do so I went back to TAFE at night and studied to be a carer looking after the elderly. This lead to me going to university as a mature age student to studying nursing. I think I was about 24-25 years old. I worked as a carer during this time to pay the bills.
2005: After 3 long years, I am now a Registered Nurse. I do one year graduate nursing, , I win a nursing award. I meet my hubby through a blind date at work, we get engaged early 2006.
2006: I decide to study to be a Midwife ( as you do) the following year.
2007: I am now a midwife, hubby and I get married. We have our first son the next year.
2008-2013 : My next job as a Mum… 3 boys later, I work on weekends occasionally as a midwife to keep up my registration.
As you can see, my employment history is pretty tame. Writing this list though reminds of how much energy, time and effort it took to finally get to where I am today.
I tend to take the long way round to get to where I need to end up rather than the direct route.
I am not sure where I am supposed to go from here which is giving me some grief at the moment but hopefully I find my direction soon, maybe once the kids are all at school.
What is your weirdest job who have had? Or your most enjoyable?
Thanks to everyone for dropping in for Monday’s I Must Confess and Listmania. You can visit the other linkups and see what interesting employment adventures everyone has experienced.