Working on a chain gang

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Work, work, work. I might have well as said Blah, Blah, Blah. Somedays I just don’t have it in me to work. I’d much rather be playing outside, traveling near and far (mostly far), or spending time with friends or family I haven’t seen in awhile. Lately, I’ve been wanting more time to devote to painting again, seeing as how I spent a good four years earning a degree in Painting and Drawing at the U of U. How I miss those days of four hour classes…

Ah, but now I am compelled to put my nose to the grindstone to eek out a living to support my artistic ambitions. Just thinking about work reminded me of all the tags I’ve seen in other blogs where you list places you’ve worked, things you eat, movies you watch, etc., etc. My work history is strange and varied, to be sure. And just for fun, I’m tagging myself! But I’m not going to list 4 or 5 things in various unrelated groupings; I’m going to regale you on the joys of all the jobs I have held (starting from my first job to my current mode of operation).

  1. Technically, I could say that my first job was babysitting. But how boring, right? Well, babysitting can be an adventure…at times. I was a nanny for the summer before my junior year in high school. All I can say is that I did not get paid enough.
  2. Mat cutter/framer at Cherie de Chaton – a neighbor I knew really well was an artist and shipped her pics all around the country. I was hired to cut mats and frame up pictures. I ended up working on and off for them for 3-4 years (just part time).
  3. Lynn’s Flavor Magic – a brief stint the end of my senior year in high school. Perks? Non-fat yogurt with frozen watermelon and pineapple mixed in (ooooh, so gooood) and Lynn’s famous gi-normous cinnamon rolls. My family really liked me having this job.
  4. Hostess at Baci’s – an Italian trattoria downtown SLC. That was most definitely an experience. But I got to meet Charles Barkley, Naomi Campbell (she’s crazy), Roma Downey, Robert Downey Jr., Gary Oldman, and a bevy of local celebs and dignitaries.
  5. Framer at Michaels in Colorado Springs – all I can say is that working at 5 a.m. in the morning did not endear me to this job. I quit to work at a nicer framery a couple months down the road, only to be let go after three weeks because business was down. Which led to…
  6. Temp jobs in Colorado Springs – worked for 2 weeks at a dairy farm doing filing (I came this close to dying from boredom), but I did get free milk…; secretary at a “top notch” ballroom dance company – I don’t think I have ever hated a job more. To this day I can’t stand ballroom dancing (won’t watch Dancing with the Stars). They were rude, elitist, and everything that went wrong was my fault. I worked there for six weeks before I started to do a few commercials for Focus on the Family (there’s a gig you have to like – 3-5 hours of work at $120 an hour).
  7. IHC – This is to date the company that I have worked the longest for, although I did do quite a bit of job hopping within the organization. For instance:
    1. LDS Hospital ER lead registrar – yes, what a perfect match for me. I hate blood, needles, am averse to sick people, so what the hey! Put me in the ER!
    2. LDS Short Stay Surgery – easiest job ever. I was pregnant at the time and my manager was an angel with my schedule. All I had to do was call and verify a patient’s insurance coverage.
    3. Primary Children’s Hospital Billing Specialist – enh. It was okay. Gotta say that the first few days I spent working up there I bawled my eyes out. Sick kids everywhere and I just became so grateful that my little baby boy was healthy and strong.
    4. Home Health Care – wait, I was just kidding on the ballroom dancing job above. THIS is the job I detested the most. Mainly due to the horrible work environment – low morale, constant bickering (not me, just other people), and I had yet to find a job that paid me anything I deserved.
    5. The Deseret Foundation – LOVED this job, I really did. The only reason I left it was because my current position paid quite a bit more. I started as a Research Grant Manager, working with doctors and scientists to fund research on a variety of health concerns. I also had a mild crush on a single doc who was very handsome…but extremely egotistic. From research I went to Special Events Coordinator and planned big dinners, the Quilt Show, the annual golf tournament, and various intimate dinners with donors. I got to sit in John Huntsman’s office and chat with him, visit with President Monson, meet all sorts of local dignitaries. It was  exciting and invigorating to see what we were accomplishing. But unfortunately there was nowhere to go as my manager would not be leaving anytime soon. So I needed to move on after I finished my Masters degree.
  8. HR Global Communications Specialist for Intel – I have to say this is my most challenging job to date. But in an extremely gratifying way. I like being pushed and motivated out of my comfort zone. The people I work with are brilliant and have keen minds that are fascinating. I also get to travel a little bit more with this job (although I have been set up more than once to go to Ireland and it falls through just a few weeks prior – still waiting on this one) and my work groups are all global. I rarely work with anyone at my office. Usually it’s someone in Portland or Arizona, but sometimes it’s Ireland, Paris or Malaysia. The only drawback is the uncertainty of my position. Like most big corporations, downsizing is a possbility and it has hit my group twice and is going to hit again next year. C’est la vie…I hope to survive the cut again.

Such a varied work history with some parts I wish to never remember again. But for posterity’s sake, there it is. Who knows what the next great job will be for me?

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One comment

  1. Ballroom Dancing Shoes · July 3, 2008

    The issue of how dancers and dance companies use their blogs is critical. I agree 100% with Leigh that anybody who is serious about building a successful blog should carefully consider the “public persona” they wish to create. It will take time and energy. Using the example of promoting an upcoming performance, the question is how does a dance company write about it in their blog? I think the goal is to provide value to readers. Maybe you educate them, maybe you discuss the intentions of the choreographer or maybe you seek feedback and suggestions. But you definitely don’t post a blatant promo piece and leave it at that – although you should highlight upcoming performances that is the goal in the end. For the most part, I avoid blogs that just list upcoming classes and performances – to me the people/organizations publishing this marketing material are using blogs, but they are not blogging in any meaningful manner.

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