All the Jobs in My Past
Right now, besides being a wife, mom, grandma etc., I am a mystery writer and speaker, and I do program plans and designs for people starting new residential facilities and I've also done supported living programs.
I began working as a baby sitter a the early age of ten. Yep, 10 years old. Babysat babies, kids and even a girl with developmental disabilities who was the same age as me.
Once did inventory at May Company in downtown L.A. Worked at the phone company there too as a file clerk, then became an information operator. Was an information and long distance operator off and on for several years in Oxnard.
Taught for 10 years in a pre-school for kids with developmental disabilities. Also taught in day cares and other pre-schools.
Became an administrator for my own residential facility for women with developmental disabilities and did that for 23 years. At the same time I developed a training program for administrators to become licensed, and later continuing education classes and also taught.
Many of my unpaid volunteer jobs paved the way for the other jobs. I learned how to speak in front of large groups by being PTA president. My ten years as a Camp Fire Girl leader taught me how to work with all different personalities of kids, to organize and try all sorts of new things--and to be brave and believe in my own abilities.
Yes, I did get my AA in Early Childhood Education along the way, but believe me, living is what taught me the most.
Tell me about your jobs.