A co-worker and I were chatting about jobs and how many we have had. If I remember correctly and the 10 year age difference than us he has still had more jobs or at least applied to more than I have.
We were talking about how hard it is for some to find jobs and that in my mind it has been relatively easy. This isn’t going to be a post about how to make your job search easy. Maybe I’ve just landed a job/gig/contract when its needed and not when I wanted it.
- Before I was could get a work permit (15yr and younger) I worked with my dad sometimes in a commercial cleaning business he owned for a while. Their office was next to a Monster Truck shop which was cool. I remember cleaning a commercial printing press company. That place was cool too.
- Then he got me a 2 month intern job at an auto shop
- I mowed neighbors lawns with my school friend James (1st side hustle)
- 1st job I had was the 1st I applied to. Fast food at der Wienerschnitzel. YES, I worked at the Wonderful World of Wet and Wild Weenies. I only took that job because the Ralph’s grocery store wasn’t hiring at the time. 6ish months later I applied at Ralph’s and was hired. Started as bagging groceries and worked up to cashier and then left.
- I can’t remember exactly next but i worked there through end of highschool and a little after
- Then I joined the USMC in 92 until 95 I was in the reserves.
- After boot camp there was a short 6 month stint at UPS unloading trailers at 3am-7am
- I worked at Racing Beat for I think about a year or so taking phone sales orders
- I finished up at Orange Coast College and transfered to Cypress to take some automotive courses
- 1994 ish I turned that into a job at an auto shop in huntington beach. Then the business shut down.
- 1995 ish My neighbor and co-worker started his own shop and I went to work for him
- Painted my own motorcycle (had 2 crotch rockets)
- Got tired of automotive and learned I can figure this computer shit out
well i learned that in early 90’s when I was building my own computers
- 1996 went to a fly by night tech school.
Got my A+ certification (grand fathered lifetime cert)
Got my MCSE
Learned then than most certification holders didn’t know shit
- While working at the school I got jobs moving computers for moving companies because it was too hard for most people. I got paid to plug the cords in
- Did some sidehustle wiring jobs
- 1997 Started working at CO-OP Network. This started as a contract job and turned into a full time job.
- Did some side hustle work in tech here and there
- 2000 months after getting married took another contract job with SAIC that turned into a perm job on the British Petroleum contract until Jan 2005 when I was laid off. I would say i was missing work Bob 😉
- 2005 until Jan 2016 I freelanced all sorts of tech work, network management, WordPress stuff.
Didn’t even manage this well and never built it into a full business and then shit happened and had to take a job.
- There was a coffee business here for a couple of years Diesel Brew with my brother
- Jan 2016. Applied to not many jobs. 1 called me back within 1 day, interview the next day offered the job by end of week and started February 1st 2016. Still here working this job
- While doing this job there have been some side hustles but have stopped most of them. I don’t want do tech shit on the side for people when I do it all day
- Hobbies with a little income currently is woodworking
What is the point of this post?
It’s more of a thought to why have I been so lucky to have an easy job journey. Do I look at all these jobs that I basically landed pretty easily as though I’m special? Not at all. It’s more of how the hell did I pull this off. I have no clue really.
Where do I go from here?
I don’t really want to keep doing tech. I don’t have any REAL desire to start up my own “tech” thing again. Even though I do keep having this nagging thought of creating a ecommerce startup kit that is more than just a website. But it is just a thought I keep tossing around. Something similar to Quick and Dirty Website (dot) com.
I do not see my wood turning hobby becoming a thing to sell product. That isn’t a viable business at this time to make a significant income and then my enjoyment in making things becomes a chore.
I do have a very large project I am working on that I have not shared on any socials yet but I may soon. This project is huge and I probably have another month before I am done.
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