I am writing this post on the day I quit my office job. It is not scheduled to go live on my blog for almost one month, because I am doing so well with my scheduling at the minute, so hopefully by the time it goes live I will have my proverbial act together and know what direction I am taking.
In the mean time, I wanted to put out a fun sort of post based on previous jobs, to get us all thinking about what it is we do and what it is we want from roles we take.
What was your first job?
It was an internship when I was in university, working for a national newspaper from home on the night shift. My job was to look at celebrity outfits and find out what they were wearing and populate the articles before they went live on their website, with details of the celeb look and how to copy it for less. It was this job that made me realise I wanted to work from home.
What is you current job?
*gulp* – I am a freelance writer. (Gulping because I am no longer saying I am trying to be a… I am saying I am a… and that is scary).
What job would you like in five years?
I would like to be a successful freelance writer and successful being defined as living my best life doing the job I know I was born to do.
What was/is your favourite job?
Writing. I love it and try to do it everyday.
What job did you hate the most?
In university, I had an internship literally opening envelopes for a PR company that promoted socks made from Peruvian wool. The office was basically five bitchy women sitting around a huge table talking about who they had slept with and which clients were the most fun on nights out. I lasted two days then did not return. I also really hated being an admin assistant for a snooty property company, but I was only there about two months.
Who is/was your best manager/boss?
Me. My whole life, when I have set my mind to something I have a ruthless determination and I know when I can do something, even if I don’t know how to do it, I remain stubborn until I get what I want and figure it out.
What is your shortest time in a job?
Also in university, I tried my hand working in retail. I have so much respect for anyone that can do this. I was told by management that I needed to be more outgoing and talk to the customers in the store more. I knew this was never going to happen so after one day I said it was not for me and did not return.
What job you would you like to try the most?
I would love to be a pilot. Or an architect.
What job would you not want to try?
Something where I had to get really dirty or do lots of exercise.
What did you want to do when you were little?
I was one of those kids that wanted to do everything and my dream job changed regularly. The first thing I wanted to be was a pilot, then I wanted to open a restaurant and cook for people. Then I wanted to be a dancer, followed by a writer. In my teens, I wanted to be a pathologist. When the time came for me to go to university, I was contemplating doing engineering or architecture, but in the end picked journalism as a passion for writing was the one thing that never changed between all of the above ideas.
No doubt over the coming weeks there will be more posts about my jobs-journey but hopefully this post brought a smile to your face, if not thinking about your own employment, then at least reading about mine.
Let me know the answers to some of the questions in the comments below – I’d love to know.