Well, this is my third week of being gainfully employed after two plus years without. It's good to work with my hands in a way that brings in a paycheck. And doing something that I'm good at is helpful, too. Although I wasn't even qualified for the job in the usual "academics plus experience" way, the intangibles added up in a "greater than the sum of the parts" way.
A recent classmate of mine got a job in her former field that happens to be in a plant in the type of field I want to get into. She told the boss that although I had no experience, she knew from my background and how I performed in a lab class that I would be able to do the job well. And after my interview, he hired me. I could sense in my interview that when his words changed from "you would be doing" to "you will be doing" that I would be offered the position. Such stories aren't much told these days, but I'm thankful somebody is willing to take a chance and trust somebody, like me. I've been given a fairly large amount of responsibility for some important things right off the bat, and I'm finding that I'm up for the challenge.
It's a temporary position that is initially a three month assignment through a temp service, but I hope that my dream full-time job will be coming soon. I've been involved in hiring processes for that type of job that take quite some time to complete, so I'll have to wait a while before I know. But right now is a small step in a good direction.