I'm really too old to feel like a new bud about to bloom. But here I am anyway, waiting for something inside of me to open.
You see, I'm a gal in my 50's looking to go back to work. Needing to go back to work. Wanting to go back to work but wondering what anyone could see in me that could be valued in their business.
It's been a lot of years since I worked in the corporate world. Back then, I was ahead of my time, managing many and making pretty good money.
Then it came time to become a Mom. Twice. A Mom with two of the best special needs children (adults now) a girl could ask for. Then I became one of "those" single parents, trying to raise my kids alone, to the best of my abilities. Think prospective employer will give me credit for that? I don't.
A year of housecleaning. I didn't mind that, even with two homes with massive, black dog hair all over and one home with bunny turds from one end of the house to the other. But does anyone use house cleaners in this economy?
I've been an independent consultant and taught people how to rubber stamp in the privacy of their own homes.
Oh, I've work, off and on (more off than on) over the last 14 years. I've been a kindergarten instructional education assistant, I've done Title One and spent a year as a special education education assistant. Seven years in our local school district has left a bad taste in my mouth and I will not return. Sadly, it doesn't make me want to work in any school district either. I miss the kids. Not the politics.
I took some time off in between my school positions to take care of my Mom in her final days. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I consider myself a caregiver by nature and my Mom was my best friend.
Then it was onto a very small salary as a very part time church secretary. I learned Power Point but alas, that's the extent of my knowledge of any "current" computer programs.
There was the little temporary job in here for the local county where I had to identify the location of wells on maps. I am NOT a map reader but I muddled through. Not much call for that "talent."
So as I see it now, these are my qualifications:
1) I'm really good at keeping the birds fed.
2) I'm a blogger.
3) I can take snapshots (not to be confused with being a photographer).
4) I can ink up a rubber stamp.
5) I used to be able to do Power Point (If I don't use it, I lose it).
6) I can set up a tent in no more than 15 minutes and have a good campfire going in two.
7) I can drive. Well, as long as it's not in a city or anyplace with multiple freeways intersecting.
8) I have a good memory. For about 2 minutes.
9) I can do laundry.
10) I have good grammar.
And there ya have it!
Besides having such limited qualifications, being scared to death, I need reading glasses, have no self confidence and have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.