Finally I have landed a wee job that fits in perfectly with the criteria I had listed in my head (I hope). It’s been a long and interesting year experimenting with various things while waiting to find something, but hopefully this will work.
It’s nothing much really, but that’s part of my plan. Just a little PT position in a very small Charter school working as a lunch monitor.
So here’s how it fit the bill and my way of thinking:
- It’s Part time: It’s in the middle of the day so allows me my workout in the am and the ability to get home for the pets in the afternoon or any chores/appointments.
- It’s a no-brainer: After 20 years of the stress of being a paramedic, I didn’t want to do anything too difficult. Yes, I know, maybe I’m being lazy, but for now, this is the case.
- It’s NOT in healthcare: I had made a distinct decision that I was pulling out of working in healthcare altogether. This is why I’ve had such a hard time finding something I reckon. With my resume reflecting 20 years in the business, not many folks were interested in taking a chance on me for something new.
- It’s something new!: This is the very reason it seemed cool. While it’s not some deep, difficult task, at least it’s different.
- It’s fun: The kids are great (albeit VERY noisy) and it will be a great new challenge to work closely with this population for a change. I’ve had my own of course, but now I have 300!
- It has potential for more: I’ve been assured it has growth potential should I want it at some point. But for now I am quite content with the hours.
- It’s close to home: After commuting 40 minutes each way (in ice storms) for so many years, having a job very close is a blessing.
- I’m in ‘the system’: Once I’m within the public school system (yes, Charter schools are publicly funded), there can be potential for movement.
- I can handle just about anything for a few hours: Even if there are difficulties, it’s only a few hours a day and plenty of vacations!
So all in all, I hope this works out. My fellow employees in the lunch room seem nice too. I have no idea how I will begin to memorize the names of all these children, but hey, I’ll figure it out.
And I’ve already ordered special ear plugs that will hopefully block out some of the major noise, but allow me to still hear them when they talk to me. (I mean it is REALLY loud in this tiny room!)
But I have to say, we never lose parts of ourselves… Because as I look around at all these kids eating and talking, and eating and laughing, and eating and being silly— the paramedic in me can’t help but think:
Just keep chewing, swallowing and breathing… NO CHOKING allowed!!