Friday, June 17, 2011

Work Is Working Somewhat

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.


  1. This is such good news Steve. Go for it

  2. Great news, Steve!!! Is this working with an oil company?

  3. Bobby,

    No, it's a specialized kind of chemical plant, but an oil refinery would be my prize job.