25 years ago, I graduated from college with an Associates Degree. I also started my first real job. I started that job before graduation and days before my 20th birthday. I went back at the end of the month for graduation. With honors, valedictorian, or something like that. Highest GPA in my class, nearly 4.0. I got a B in the one English class.
I had 4 job interviews during my final months. I went to one not feeling well, I had a cold, my nose was running, my throat hurt, I couldn’t talk well. And that was the job that I got. I stayed there for about 6 years, working the same thing, in a couple of different departments. Things were good.
Then I got married and we decided to move. To get out of town and try life somewhere else. So I looked for a new job, as we already to move to a new state. The job didn’t work out, I couldn’t take it because then we couldn’t get the house. So I worked remotely, from a different branch office, for my original employer for a few months.
Then I interviewed for a job with a consulting company. Got hired. And worked for a big Telecommunications company. I worked as a consultant for a few months, then I got hired on to the do the same job as an employee of the company. The job was different than my first job, it was a custom programming language and more of a support role. I learned some new things, learned DB2, and did some Visual Basic type programming.
Then some family members died, and we had a kid, and we wanted to be closer to home. So we moved back closer, but not back to where we started. We took a trip out for a long weekend and I interviewed a few places. Got an offer. Took the job. And was a consultant again. I got an assignment quick. And spent 4.5 years on that assignment. Life changed and I left that assignment but stayed with the consulting company. I went to another assignment, doing the same type of thing. After about 9 months, I got a call that my former assignment was hiring and would be interested in having me return. I called my old boss, got a phone interview, got an offer, and took the job. A week later that boss left. I went through a couple of bosses. Decided it was time to change. And accepted a job in the Support area. I’ve been doing Support work and really like it.
I’ve been working 25 years, in the real world. Making good money, not getting paid overtime, taking time off, and being a good employee.
And I have another 40 years of work to look forward to. Don’t think I’ll be retiring early. Unless I win the lottery, or the kids start paying me.