I’ve always liked helping people. It makes me feel really good. When I was little, I told my parents that I wanted to be Santa, but they told me the job had already been filled. I just liked bringing people joy and seeing them feel good about themselves.
When it came time for me to find a “real” job, I wanted something that gave me the same kind of feeling. That I was making a difference, that I was helping people and doing something for them that would make them happy. I worked in retail for a while, and that was not a good fit. My boss moved me over to customer service, because I said that I really wanted to be able to work with the customers and not just ring them up. Most of the people I dealt with were already angry, usually about something that was both out of my control and not because of something that I had done in the first place. While I understood their frustration, it was hard not to take it personally. It was also hard to get up every day and go in to work. The day I quit, I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I didn’t realize just how much working a job I hated affected me until the moment I realized I didn’t have to go there anymore.
I needed a new job and I didn’t have the slightest idea where to look. My mom recommended that I try out the Learning Centre to see what resources they had available – she had heard that they might be able to assist with job placements and resumes. When you’re unemployed, you certainly have enough free time, and I figured I would not be wasting my day any more than I would sitting in front of the TV, so I went in.
Boy was she right – they had all kinds of stuff to help me find a job. I was explaining to the woman who was helping me what I was looking for and she finally said to me: “You know what? I think I have the perfect job for you.” She then handed me an application. It took me a minute to realize that she was talking about working there, for her!
I asked her a few questions about what I would need to do and told her about the qualifications I had. She told me that I would be a pretty good fit, and in fact had already aced my job interview! That was great, because I was not aware at the time that I was even on one. I filled out my application and she said that she would contact me in the next couple of days.
I’ve been here ever since. I help people just like I wanted to when I was younger, and most people are way happier than the ones I encountered at my old job. It’s been a great experience and I leave work every day happy that I’ve gone in.