Daily writing prompt
What jobs have you had?

Jobs? It’s not the job. It’s what you make of it. Afterward. How you process the work-life. How you find the amusement, worth, distaste, hidden value, or transferable skills; that’s what it’s about beyond putting in your time and taking home your pay.
Some of the jobs I’ve had do not appear on any resume of mine or CV. But I learned loads from all of them. This proves a rule that some of the essential lessons from a work-life never get credited to your work history.
I’ve been a folksinger, a Fraternal Brother of the Road( road bum), and been in the Navy. Afterward, I worked in operating rooms as a surgical technician.

After leaving grad school, I worked as an applied anthropologist for about fifteen and a half years. After that, I worked at UPS and ran a small business as a marine woodcarver.

There is nothing I’ve done, and what I’ve listed is only a fragment of what I’ve done that I disparage or am ashamed of. I can talk to a Teamster as a brother, speak intelligently about surgical technique with a surgeon, and turn on a dime into a social scientist.

I’ve found that sometimes it takes a deep dive to find something to take away from a job, but pearls are not easy to find for a reason.

Being a writer helps. You are always looking for something to write about, and yourself is an excellent place to start digging for material.

2 Replies to “Jobs”

    1. Mike, it depends. I did well with boat shows as a marine carver. It was a niche area for eagles, quarter boards, transom banners and later boat portraits. But I made my booth fees by selling treen (kitchen woodenware), and getting the commissions over the weeks following the shows. While doing this over the years, I saw robo carving (CNC) just about gut quarter boards.
      Adaptability is important. You can’t just do one thing.
      I must have trained hundreds of students, but only one or two went pro. You need the skills, market, and equipment.
      For a beginner, I’d remind them that self-employment does not pay bennies or 401ks. This was why I kept a job at UPS, where I got all of those. I was a part-timer, first as an hourly and then as a supervisor. Never worked weekends, and that was why I could do all the shows.

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