Although, when I was a little girl, #3 was actually #1. If my love of writing hadn't overrode my love of reading, I would probably be a Librarian (and don't think I'm not envious of my friends who ARE Librarians). I spent hours in our local library. My mom would drag me out kicking and screaming. Well, protesting. I would be protesting loudly despite the arm load of books. I love libraries. Any library. But I digress...back to the job...
A girl needs cash. So she gets a part-time job. Because non-profit does not pay bills. It doesn't even pay for hair color or clothes. But it does fill the part of me that wants to give back so I continue to do it. I'm blessed that my husband makes enough that I don't have to work. I feel bad, though, taking "his" money to do things like shop (for fun stuff) or visit friends (plane tickets can cost $$) or even simple girl things like get my hair did or get my mani/pedi on.
Opening: Library Clerk
My heart stopped for a second.
I had to read that again.
Really? Work with the public surrounded by the books that I love?
Can I just tell you how hard it is to get a job at the library? One job opening, over 200 applicants. We all had to take a written test that narrowed us down to the top ten. I was lucky enough to make the top ten! We moved on to the oral interview.
I ranked 4 out of 10.
Boo. No hire.
BUT it's the city and they keep your resume on file for a year.
Three more clerk positions opened up.
The top nine were called back in to interview again.
I was 2nd!
I am now an official Library Clerk for five hours a week.
My part-time is really part-time. But it's good time! And it's FUN time!
I can't tell you how many times I've heard in the last three weeks "You're new! You got one of the coveted positions!"
I did. I LOVE it! Checking patrons out, I get to see books that I haven't heard of. Speaking with them, I'm getting some great recommendations. It's turned out to very inspirational in addition to being a lot of fun.
What about you - what is your dream job? Are you living the dream?
I am an Humane Education teacher & writer living in Burbank, California. I left television production almost a decade ago to pursue my passion - animals. Along the way, I snagged myself a super handsome, extremely patient and very supportive husband. We rescued three cats - Ol' One Eye Pip, Eowyn the Snow Leopard and Wednesday the Butt. We also ended up with an American Staffordshire Terrier pup, Lily. I co-founded my own non-profit (Paws and Learn Humane Education Center) a little over a year ago and spend three days a week in the schools educating kids about kindess to animals, dog bite prevention, city wildlife, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. I love my job, but I also love to write. I spend my spare time writing and daydreaming. I love the outdoors and enjoy hikes with my hubby, friends and our dogs! Life is what we make of it and I am making the most of mine.