So, the other day I mentioned a couple of upcoming big-news posts, and this is the first: I am really loving my new job! Also, I have a new job!
Years ago, I decided to go back to college to pursue a career in teaching. Over time, though, my interest slowly waned on the subject… I kept trying to find another way to work with kids, but I can look at the experience now and say that I was really just finding my way out of the education/childcare profession altogether. I was very fortunate to land a great job just before I graduated, working with kids on the autism spectrum in a one-on-one environment, but I didn’t last long with it at all. After a very short period in this position, the nail in the coffin of my wanting to work with kids was finally driven into place, and I left for the sake of my own mental and emotional well-being. I started looking to job choices that echoed my strengths and the highlights of prior job experiences: namely, customer service, with several warehouse job-applications thrown into the mix. I wasn’t looking for a grand career anymore. All I’m after, now, is a well-paying job that takes care of the financial necessities, that I don’t hate, and that I can just leave behind at the end of the day.
And I found that.
A friend of a friend (Hi, James!) was hiring for a medical-parts assembly position, which admittedly wasn’t really on my radar, but I had my in and the business is right next to my house, so I figured I’d give it a whirl. The job is a temp-to-permanent position, so I was hired on through an agency, but it seems to be almost a given that I will be taken on permanently after a certain amount of time. My first day was almost 2.5 weeks ago, and I went into my first day thinking, “I can do this assembly gig well enough and be okay with it as a means to an end.” Everyone I met at the small company was pretty cool, and the pay is more than I’ve made before, so why not, right? On the first day, though, after reading through a number of procedures on the computer, I was set up to work with the Shipping/Receiving guy and spent the rest of my shift folding finished-good boxes and packaging materials up for customers. I liked it, though. The next day, I did the same thing, and I realized that I might actually end up in this packaging/warehouse end of things instead of the parts-assembly end… and that was more than fine with me! I’ve always enjoy warehouse-type work, so I quickly started hoping that I’d end up there instead of doing the work I thought I was hired on for.
Here we are, though, two weeks later, and I’m a confirmed warehouse guy. It’s fantastic, too, because I’d had several applications out for warehouse jobs… and they were something I was really hoping for. Now, I’m doing just that. This job extends beyond just shipping and receiving, though, as we’re also responsible for packaging up the finished product to be shipped out. I don’t want to unofficially advertise the company, here, but what we provide is a weight-loss assistance program for obese folks. It’s a non-surgical procedure which allows a customer to become accustomed to eating less over a 6 month period, and then the procedure is simply reversed The entire process is also supported by dietary assistance both during the 6 months and for an additional 6 months after the medical device is removed from the person. So, I’m the one who packages up these materials that are then sent out to doctors or their patients (depending on if it’s the medical parts or an info kit we provide for the individual). The company recently garnered FDA approval for the device (been selling in Europe for a while), so this is a great time to be joining in. Heck, in the very short time I’ve been there, there have already been 3 other folks hired, and the orders should really start coming in soon.
Best part is, as I mentioned earlier, I really love it there 🙂 .
The production/warehouse environment is totally laid back (in a “chill” way, not a lazy/bored way), attire requirements are lax, and it’s very much an “as long as you get your work done” type of workplace. All of my co-workers are pretty fun, too… plenty of personality in that place, I tell ya, and it’s never dull. It’s certainly not a stuffy office or an anxious retail store, I can tell ya that. Being able to leave my house 10 minutes before my shift is an absolute treat, too ;). My day starts early, as well, so I’m out of work at 3:30pm each day, which is darn nice.
So, I’m enjoying it, and it’s a great experience, but what’s been a real blessing is the income that comes along with it. First of all, my landing this job means that I don’t have to go back to the Lego store. Now, I had a great, great time working there, but I didn’t want to have to go back. As the months of unemployment increased and the holiday season approached, though, going back there as a seasonal-hire was going to be the smart and necessary choice. To pay even my short list of bills, passing by that opportunity for an income would’ve been silly… but still, I didn’t want to have to go backwards like that. Now, very thankfully, I won’t :). Secondly, and this sort of ties into another subject I’ll write about another time, these great paychecks mean that I can really help out at home. I’m now making more than anyone in my house… and that’s not saying much, because the only other employed person is my mom — and she works at Wal-Mart. So, this job’s an absolute blessing, because I’ll be able to pitch in at least $1,000 per month (I make much more)… and with what we’ve been living on, that’s going to go a long way to helping make a difference.
And there ya go… I love the actual duties of my job, my co-workers are fun, my commute is mere minutes, the hours and the company itself are great, and I’m making enough that I can help support my family. So, yeah… this has been a darn fantastic opportunity, and I am very thankful to have it :).