Well hey guys! Happy Thursday. I feel like this week has been flying by and the weekend will be here before we know it. Last week my friends at TheLadders.com contacted me to write a little post all about my first job and the lessons I learned. Over the last couple days I’ve been thinking all about what job I wanted to post about, or what lessons i’ve learned in particular, but I kept coming back to the same thought… HARD WORK PAYS OFF!
So before I dive too deep into my story let me give you guys the dealio on what TheLadders does. They are an online company that “takes the anxiety out of your job search“. They are a community that connects job seekers with employers in the exact field (or interest) you the seeker have in mind. They have over 100,000 employers and recruiters to connect you with, and they have a free basic package that allows you to test it all out to get the gist. As we all know it can be hard to find a job whether you’re a recent college grad or a middle-aged mom, and this website seems like a great way to take the stress out of doing so. Lets just say I will most definitely be keeping them in mind as I am graduating in a couple months (and those student loans need to start being paid off).
So here’s my story!
My first job wasn’t pushed by anyone or anything but more of an excitement to make my own money. At the age of twelve I took a babysitting course at my local hospital and immediately started babysitting for families in my neighborhood. I loved caring for young children and the feeling I got when I left with my own spending money. Sadly just after I started getting my babysitting feet under me my parents went through a divorce and I was forced to move out of the neighborhood I grew up in. I also entered high school and began playing sports which took away time from working.
My mom became a newly single mom and supporting my sister and I was nothing short of easy. As I watched my mom struggle to make ends meet I began realizing how important a good paying job was. Over my first year of high school I realized that working wouldn’t be a choice for me (like a lot of my friends) and more a necessity if I wanted any spending money. The day I turned 16 and got a car I was off to my first real job outside of looking after neighbors children in their homes. I was now an Employee of Polo Ralph Lauren. I luckily got to work right alongside my best friend folding polo shirts, making the store look beautiful, and helping customers find their sizes. I worked an average of 20 hours a week and made enough to cover the expenses of being a teenager. Along with making money came more of a social life to spend it, and when my friends started taking work off as we went through high school I started picking up more shifts to pay for my car insurance, impending college, etc….not to say I didn’t have fun cause I totally did, but this is where the hard work comes in! Because of me putting extra time and effort into work I got a raise!!…This raise was probably like .50 cents but it made me feel like I was on top of the world!
Obviously there were so many times where I wanted to skip work or find someone to cover my shift but there was always that little reminder in the back of my head that working will pay off! As college was approaching I was trying to pick a major and decided on Elementary Education. I knew I loved caring for young children from a young age, as well as how important it is to do something you love surrounded by great people. I took my two favorite aspects from my first two jobs and put them together to now be working at a preschool working my way through college to become a teacher. Through all of college I have realized that if you want something it takes hard work and determination. Nothing is ever handed to you! My love of teaching has now expanded outside of the classroom into a love for teaching fitness classes. Life evolves and your interests change but hard work will always get you to where you want to be! Never forget it even in times of doubt!