A study published by U.S. News stated that having a degree pays about $20,000 more per year than not having one. That’s fantastic if you can find a job suited to your degree field. After graduating college, I had two jobs. One was cold-calling customers for a start-up carpet cleaning business. The other, well, the other was handing out flyers for a roller derby team. A women’s roller derby. At least I didn’t have to wear the skates while I did it. The outfit was humiliating enough!
I can’t really complain though. I actually made more than minimum wage, the hours were not that bad and I got to meet people. Basically, I felt lucky to have a job. I was pretty much paying my bills (what few I had) and enjoying life. It took me finding a husband and starting a family to realize the potential I had missed out on. Although my husband had a great career, I felt obligated to provide more. To follow through with my goals. After all, I had a young daughter.
I decided to strike out on a real job search. A career search. My choice in a career path had been a reasonable one. It had more job availability than a lot of other sectors. I chose emergency medical care. I made the fastidious choice of healthcare at a young age (18) when I was fresh out of high school. I could find employment in many areas. Hospitals, clinics, private ambulance companies, private sector government jobs.
I ended up utilizing just about everything in my job finding arsenal. I made my short resume look outstanding by filling in gaps with any experience I could think of. Voluntary work, work at home, caring for loved ones, classes you take. I had forgotten that I had a few years relevant experience caring for aging loved ones. When it came to applying, I was surprised to find myself with a few really promising interviews. Much to my astonishment, and hard work, I ended up with a good paying job. I was hired by the most well known private ambulance company in L.A.
I learned a lot from that first “real” job that would help me in life. I made good friends and had a lot of responsibility. I even had the ability to take daily pride in my work. I was in the career field I had desired, I got great benefits for my family and I even had a retirement fund.
While I enjoyed the carefree, easy work day of roller derby advertisement, my student loans told me they were happy I made the right choice.