No matter if you’re waist-high in debt, your house is upside down or you hate your job, but stay out of fear you won’t find another one that offers you four weeks of vacation, the economy sucks.
I’m just hanging on. I haven’t made it big with my blog ramblings and though I still have my book to write, which will probably lead to a liable suit from my ex-boyfriend in which all profits I do make will go to my legal team; I’m not banking on that to bail me out of recession Hell, just jail!
I’m one of the underemployed and work diligently to pick up projects here there and everywhere. Yes, I even sometimes refer to myself as the “job whore” and I often wonder how low I will go to maintain my modest inside the beltway lifestyle. It got me thinking about all the jobs I had from high school to graduate school. Could I go back?
My strategy early on in my career was “I can always do this, whatever “this” was to survive.” Yet, today, I look back and wonder could I:
- Wait tables. Answer: No. Seriously, waiting tables is a gift. People that can balance 10 glasses of tea on a small round tray while smiling and taking the tables food order without ever writing anything down is a talent that would win them Miss America. This is not me.
- Bank Teller. Answer: No. Despite the fact that I could NEVER balance my drawer, today, this job is all about selling bank services. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate to sell? Selling and math, this is a deadly combination for my career.
- Retail. Answer: Maybe, but leaning no. My stint at World Bazaar in college was a successful one. I learned to make kick-ass red velvet Christmas bows for which I’m still called upon to do every now and again. Unfortunately, today’s retail is more about persuading customers to apply for a credit card they don’t need to get 10% off clothes they can’t afford to buy anyway. I just can’t be a part of the American debt cycle. Although the discount is very tempting.
- HR. Answer: Maybe. A very successful career tract for nearly 8 years. HR is also a talent or for some a calling. I fell into it and managed to become pretty good at it. I learned a lot about people, organizational politics and legal loopholes. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, and I often rely on my HR experience to help me in other aspects of life. Being in HR you develop a thick skin and see the dark side of people and organizations, but could I go back? Maybe. It’s exhausting and thankless work that wore me down. It’s a case-by-case basis.
So it looks like I’ll keep moving ahead, looking for new challenges and new projects that bring out something new in me. It seems that if I go back, I’d be doing just that, “going back.” And well, that’s not me.