Work History [Personality Hub]

Rita Mcneil – Working Man.

Ah, work; what a rewarding component of my life. Mostly, I’ve worked a variety of skilled labor. Though the pay in these fields is blatantly criminal, I enjoy keeping fit and learning practical skills. If I had my adulthood to do over again, I’d probably have stayed in college just so that I wouldn’t be a wage-slave.. but I’m not certain: there’s psychologic comfort in being handy.

My first job was at fifteen; I was a fulltime groundskeeper and car detailer. Nothing exciting there, though I certainly enjoyed it while being the groundskeeper – it was a large place, so I was always busy. I was eventually moved to detailing once they needed someone living on-site for security. That job lasted about 8 months, then I moved.

When I got back home awhile later, I worked fast food fulltime for about 8 months, then quit. It was an oddly good crew, whom I socialized with quite a bit outside of work, but I was emotional and mentally unstable at the time, and had the option to hide under Granny’s wing.

Many years later, during the recession, and immediately after moving and not working for years, I started volunteering to improve my chances of finding work. This happened for about a year and a half, approximating 2000 total hours [basically totaling a year of fulltime work]. I built homes from the ground up, did general labor, some driving, some supervising, etc – even worked with a group of old men whom cut wood, and tended to miss fingers. During this time, I also very irregularly worked with a friend, cleaning homes and carpet cleaning.

When a business – among the hundreds I applied for during that year and a half of volunteering – finally figured out I was worth hiring, I got a 6 month gig, essentially doing low-tier forestry services. After a month or so of training, we went in-country on 8-day stints, camping either in the middle of nowhere or in fire-fighter warehouses. We essentially did alot of labor, with very little skill involved. The team was very pleasant, though our boss was a moron. They then shut down immediately after my term. 

After that, I did a few months of construction inside an operating clean-room fabrication plant – it was, again, just a gig. I wore a clean-suit, hung out with a bunch of Koreans who barely spoke English, moved shit around, and did some assembly work. Pretty fun job, if not for those god damned clean-suits and so much standing around.

After a few years in school, I did a couple months of construction before taking on a cook job. I wanted to be a cook since a child. That job was.. educational. I was pressed harder than I should have been, while my boss siphoned my pay by removing my already-worked hours from the computer. I stayed six months simply to put it on my resume, as it was excellent experience. I quit when I hit six months and found another cook job.

This job was probably the best I’ve ever had, if we include its room for growth. I was functionally completely in change on my shift, I wasn’t pressed by absurd workloads, there were a bunch of nurses to flirt with, and I just enjoyed my life while still doing solid work. It was amazing. They fired me for completely unjustified reasons; knowing this, they offered me a full-ride on unemployment, and when my next manager called for a reference, they said that I had quit.

After that, I got another cook job, worked it for a month and a half, before realizing I needed to quit due to my boss being a self-concerned brown-noser. This was quite unfortunate, as it was a lesser quality version of the previous job.

After that, I worked as a mobile repairman for the major convenience store chain. It wasn’t terrible, but there were alot of long days and long weeks. I left mostly for Tranny. Thankfully, all that damned overtime afforded me the following year’s “depression vacation.” When I tried to get the job back, after said vacation, they were shutting down.

Then, I got my current job, working another kitchen – a tolerable and terrible one. I remain there now, due to a mixture of lacking options, the convenience and relative rarity of my schedule, and desire to avoid the oncall and travel demands of the higher paying trade jobs.

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~ by Louis Naughtic on October 25, 2017.

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