Looking for a job
Many years ago, the company I worked for had to downsize, and this meant I needed a new job. Out I went trying to find a new job, but the last one paid me really good, and this was a downfall for a new one. I tried everywhere and was repeatedly turned down because I was overqualified. I couldn’t even get hired by a fast-food place. One of the managers told me that my work history was not the only problem. No one could come close to matching my old pay. They all felt that hiring and training me for their company was a waste of their time, because someone would hire me away from them eventually.
Landing the job
I was glad for the honesty, but this didn’t help me buy food for my children or pay the bills. I decided to go to college because most jobs wanted you to have a degree and all of mine was in life experience. While enrolling for classes, I stumbled upon a job fair and several people I knew were there. They convinced me to go through the motions with them. I did land the job, but it was for a casino. I had no experience in that field but they said they had no problem with training me for the job.
The training was very different because it involved playing games while calculating numbers in your head. I was used to sitting at a desk with a computer and calculator. The variables were enormous, but with a lot of practice it did become easier. We constantly threw numbers at each other, took tests and pretended to be customers. We had parties over each other’s houses and played the casino games to help us learn. We played casino card games to see how fast we could go and still get all the numbers correct.
We became very good friends in and out of work. I would never have considered this career on my own, but it gave me something that would become part of my life, even after I left.
Outside the box
So when looking for a career change, remember to look outside of the box. Don’t ignore something just because it is not what you are used to doing. My daughter is in the process of learning this lesson now.