It's a little weird to be posting this during the summer, when I'm not even at any job (although I super-hope I can get one at my new college; also, I totally applied for a job at the local library). But hey, that's what happens when you have over forty blog post ideas lined up.
Today, I'm gonna talk about my limited job history, ignoring the writing part, because my job history says a lot about me and my interests. So what jobs have I had, leading up to my semi-life-changing position as copy editor at Adams State's The Paw Print? Why don't we take a look-see?
I've been fortunate enough to not have any real need to work yet. My job choices have been for the sake of my resume and for spending money, and so they've been chosen with plenty of consideration for my impractical disabled artist nature.
I started out with a few odd jobs--being a mother's helper, house-sitting, pet-sitting--but my first long-term job that I was hired for was in... tenth grade? Something like that, anyway. I began over the summer before school, delivering papers to a certain route for a small local paper.
I didn't even intend to do the job at first. My brother got it so he could buy the stuff he wanted, and I thought it was kind of interesting. So I helped sometimes, on the days when he decided not to actually go out and do it. Eventually, he stopped going entirely, so it was left to me and our mother. That's how I got a paper route!
Mom and I split the pay. She threw the papers while I drove along the route. It was my practice for my driver's license, and it was stressful for me because driving terrifies me. Anyway, we'd occasionally shift jobs, but it was a pretty efficient system. I had the job 'til about March of that year, when Mom decided it was too much hassle for the low pay, especially with me being in the process of developing fibromyalgia.
Animal Shelter Volunteer
Next, I became an animal shelter volunteer. I didn't get paid, of course, so it wasn't really a job, but you can put it on a resume. So I'm counting it.
During tenth grade, I got into the National Honor Society. To stay in NHS, you have to do service, and, well, I love cats. The animal shelter had always interested me as a service opportunity. Mom and I went over there and got officially trained to do things, like play with cats, and brush them, and keep them from killing each other.
I really liked volunteering there. I did it all through high school, and I'll probably go again while I'm here at home. If I get another chance to volunteer at a shelter, like, at college, I'm taking it. The culmination of this experience has been when I fostered a tiny black and white kitten over the summer before college. Some of you know how that turned out. That kitten became the fourth cat in our home. Her name is Zoey, and she is beautiful. 😊
That brings us finally to my most important job I've had so far: being the copy editor of the student newspaper at Adams State University, The Paw Print.
College is expensive. My parents are paying for it, plus scholarships, so there's been financial stress at home. In the middle of my first semester, Mom told me I needed to get a job to help. Well, being me, I protested. Jobs are soul-sucking, after all. The only thing I could imagine when talking about a college job was sitting behind a desk slowly dying.
But she had a point. So I sifted through the open work studies and tried to find ones I thought I could handle. I had to learn a lot of new skills, like resume writing. Just before Winter Break, a post came up online for a copy editor at The Paw Print. One of my friends was the sports editor, and when I brought it up, she heartily recommended it and me both. I was still leery, but I figured checking grammar and stuff couldn't be too bad. I mean, I've edited for over half my life as a novelist.
So I applied, and when I came back from Winter Break, got the job. As soon as I started, everything was just perfect. As copy editor, I was third highest in rank at the paper, with almost full control of the wording of the articles. There was no climbing up the ladder, and I was essentially independent. Writers sent me their articles, I edited them, and I then gave them to the other editors to lay out on the newspaper pages. I was also allowed to send the writers feedback, which I was prepared for as a critique partner and member of many writing communities. It turns out copy editing was made for me. I probably should have known, given that I do have a grammar freak in me, but I didn't catch on until this job.
I now think I'd like for copy editing to be my designated day job after I graduate college. 😊
What jobs have you done in the past?
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