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.

Marilyn



Comments

Thonie Hevron said…
I started early, too--cleaning houses, ironing and babysitting. When I got old enough to get a real job it was at a restaurant. But it wasn't waiting tables--the owner had a side business making and selling popovers. I was a popover packer. Hard to say without laughing. My other jobs didn't have such interesting titles-bank teller, meter maid, community service officer (reports and crime prevention), records supervisor but most of career was as a 911 dispatcher. Now, I'm proud to say I'm an author.
I babysat, too. Worked for the local baker and Winchell's Doughnut Shop. Joined my mother at an insurance company as a file clerk. Then I spent many years as a document controller. That experience led me to a position as document control supervisor in the Osaka office on the Universal Studios Japan theme park project. (Larry and I both worked on it.) When we returned, I transitioned to change manager for the IT department of a bank. Next, I dd technical writing and SharePoint administrator. In 2005, we wrote our first book, a memoir of our time in Japan. I have done lots of editing, and our writing continues.

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