10 years of retail sales…kept me out of trouble, but politicky with no sense of accomplishment

I worked for a store in retail sales management. In the 10 years I was there, I did pretty much everything…book department, rug department, furniture, cashier…..eventually supervising the cashiers. counting money and number crunching. You pretty much do everything. I’ve cleaned the bathroom, unloaded tables. Everything you can do in a store, I’ve done…..

I finished high school and spent 1 semester in college…what was I doing there? So I came home…and my parent’s said ‘get a job’….so I went down to Toys R Us and they weren’t hiring. My aunt was a teacher and some of her students worked at this place…so I went down there, they checked for a pulse and I started the next monday.

10 years 4 months 27 days….I quit because of lack of job satisfaction. I never had a sense of accomplishment while I was there. It was getting really politicky….it’s a family owned company and there wasn’t much of a future there. I knew when I started that I didn’t want to spend my life in retail. It kept me out of trouble and for the time I was there, it wasn’t too bad.

Getting a paycheck was nice….I don’t need that much as far as wealth and glory go. I did learn a lot there like dealing with people and basic carpentry. I got to do some stuff on my computer at home. I would make new forms which were easier, but they really didn’t go for that…again politics.

I have no idea what I want to do now, so I’m exposing myself to lots of things travelling with National parks as a theme….I’ve been doing a lot of volunteering for Earthwatch, AMC…I thought about working for the park service, especially at a cave park. I’ve also thought about the peace corps like my sister who worked in Mauritania, Africa. But perhaps Peace Corps or Park service would be an extension of this walkabout I’m on….I can’t think of something I want to do for the rest of my life…I guess I’m a bit of a dabbler who enjoys moving to new places.

In 5 years, I have no idea…..my martial arts sensei wants me to get a computer job and teach martial arts at night…It would make him happy. I’m in my exploration phase. In 30 years…probably not rich, not that I would knock it….I’d be 60 and hopefully by then I’ll have found a job that I enjoy and made a career out of something…park service, web sites, who knows…maybe I’ll still be dabbling.

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