By the time I was old enough to have a job, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. So, the majority of my jobs in high school and college all centered around education and children: I babysat, was a summer camp counselor, taught summer school, and was a student ministries intern.
But, after I became a teacher, I had some odd jobs to fill in the downtime during summers. And then after I stopped teaching to stay home with my boys, I worked when I could.
1. Cheerleading Coach My first year of teaching middle school, why not go ahead and give the young newbie the cheerleaders? Even if she had zero cheerleading experience(I was a baton-twirler, y’all). And then there were cheer moms. I get nightmare flashbacks every time I watch Dance Moms on Lifetime.
2. Airport Finance Department Gal Friday I have no idea what my official title was, but I entered invoices and made copies and delivered paperwork throughout the finance department of a major airport. On my first day, I was told to be sure to go find a supervisor as soon as I was done with a task so that I could be given something to do. But, since I did my work quickly(apparently the girl before me was a slacker), they started telling me to just sit at my desk and wait til someone gave me something else to do. I read a lot that summer. And felt a little disheartened that I was making more at my do-nothing temp job than I did during the school year.
3. Full-time Substitute Teacher During the one and only year I spent teaching in upstate NY(inner city, yeah, that was a blast), I was hired as a full-time sub. I got paid as if I were a regular teacher, but only worked when I was needed. And I was assigned to cover the classrooms of the mentor teachers when they had to go observe their interns. So, I might only have to go in and cover an hour. And if I wasn’t scheduled anywhere, I didn’t have to work. And if someone called me in the morning to come in that day, I was to say no, that I was busy- even if I wasn’t. And if it snowed and I didn’t feel it was safe for me to drive to work, I didn’t have to go in. How I’d love to have a job like this now.
*insert years of teaching in NC without much drama, then leave to have babies and here come the rest of my odd jobs*
4. Standardized Test Question Writer/Evaluator I wrote questions for standardized tests for 3rd and 5th grade mathematics. I also evaluated others’ questions: each question written had to be evaluated and suggestions made by something like 5-10 evaluators. During our training for this, we were taught to watch out for cultural stereotypes such as “Juan doesn’t always have to be the gardener.”
5. My Gym teacher Gymnastics classes for wee ones. All I can say is if I had been blogging back then, I would have had bunches of motherbitch stories for you. This one didn’t last because I realized after working there for a month that I was pregnant with our third baby and I shouldn’t be dragging the gym equipment all around the room or lifting all these kids.
6. Target Cashier During the Christmas season. Where the woman who just spent hundreds of dollars on Christmas decorations and Santa wrapping paper will then bite your head off for wishing her a “Merry Chrismas” after you hand her receipt.
7. Member Service at the YMCA Where I learned that even though the gym technically doesn’t open until 5:30am, if I opened the doors any later than 5:25am, there would be a line of 50 pissed off members cussing me out. And also where I had to hide my laugh when impatient jerks would try to push their way through the swinging bar to get to the workout rooms before I hit the button to buzz them in.
8. MOPS Coordinator This was volunteer, but OMG, the hours put into making those monthly meetings amazing was ridiculous. Along with dealing with every little complaint and very rarely ever hearing from those who loved it. Worst part was learning that the pastor’s wife was a huge bitch who made me want to change churches.
9. Gossip Blogger Oh, the number of times I had to defend this as an actual job. A paycheck=job, y’all. But, for 8 months, I concerned myself with all things celeb and entertainment. Oh, the random celeb knowledge I had during that time was insane. But then I needed to quit to focus on my family. I haven’t paid any attention whatsoever to anything in the celeb world since.
As for now, I take on smaller projects that I can do from home. But, mostly 10. I’m just a mom.
What are some of the different jobs you’ve worked?
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