My Career of Changing Careers

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Most children dream of what they want to be when they grow up. Little girls dream of being ballerinas, teachers, nurses, etc and boys dream of becoming a famous baseball player, fireman, doctor, etc. When I was a little girl, I dreamt of being thin, beautiful and most importantly a woman of leisure. Really. Is that wrong?? The only careers I seriously considered as a child was being a famous figure skater like Dorthy Hamill or being a TV newscaster. I never wanted to go to college and didn’t plan on it. I don’t know why my way of thinking was so distorted. I grew up in a middle class family in the Midwest and we had to work for what we had. The closer I got to age 18, I had come to realize I will have to work to survive but I would ONLY be working because I had to and not because I want to.When I graduated high school with no plans of my future, I took a few odd and end part time jobs and just focused on my social life. After about 6 months of doing nothing and totally enjoying myself, my dad begged me to consider college, tech school, a course, anything! So, very reluctently, I started a 9 mos nursing assistant program with Draughans Community College, now South College. Being the follow through girl that I am, I quit just before I completed the course. I made it on their little Dean’s List but school just wasn’t for me. I then became a barber. Quit that when I was pregnant. Next full time thing I went to was working @ Candler Hospital as a registration clerk in the ER and admitting. Gosh, I really did love that. After about 6 mos there, I met the guy over registration @ Memorial while I was having drinks @ Cooky’s bar. He offered me a job there doing the same thing but more money and better shift. So, in February of 1990 my career with Memorial began. Now this was a good time! After many years with Memorial, starting as registration clerk to ADT Coordinator, I got burned out and knew it was time to move on. I then went to work @ PaineWebber Mortgage and was their Branch Coordinator. My next move was Crawford & Co, where I met a lot of my friends I still have today. Went through a lot of life changes when I worked there. I was stalked, got married and lost my dad. After this company closed down their Savannah office and laid us all off, I went to Gulfstream. Wow, that place is really cool. But after 6 mos of working full time temporary and unable to get a permanent position with benefits, I had to change again. I then went to work as a receptionist @ Coastal Dialysis. Convinced to move up to a Dialysis tech. Very interesting and good learning experience. But after two dirty needle sticks, I knew it wasn’t meant for me. I then went to work doing Physician Billing at this place called HealthPac. We did billing for 15 different doctors offices. But after I received my 12th bounced paycheck, I left there. And yes, I said, bounced paycheck. I then worked back for Memorial and then East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro in the OR. I also worked for a doctors office in Statesboro and on the ramp @ Delta Airlines. Not to forget being a certified nail tech and licensed insurance broker a long the way. Honestly, I think I could go on and on with previous jobs I’ve done. Its sad but I always had a good reason for moving on to the next. I worked many years for 911 and am now dispatching Fire and Ems in Savannah. This seems to work for me.

At this point in my life, I really have little career goals. Or maybe I never have. I think I would enjoy being a travel agent (like my mother was) but never tried it. I have been told there is no money in that. I know I still dream of being thin and a woman of leisure. Maybe that really is what I am meant to be. All in all, I have had great experiences, met amazing people and learned different fields. Who knows where I will be in 10 years……

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