Career Story: October 2020
1.) Name (Alias may be used)
2.) Age (Optional but useful)
Ages 55 - 64
3.) What's your Current or Past Career Title?
4.) What kind of education, training, or background does your job require?
I received a Trade School Certification, which allowed me to obtain this job. However, some companies require a College Degree from either a 2 or 4-year program. Performing, testing, and training in chemical Labs. Troubleshooting Laboratory equipment, updating/rewriting operational procedures, training various employees, first responder team member, quality assurance of products, calibrations of lab equipment, lab software & computer knowledge, COA's, running GC's, titrations, safety team, skilled forklift operator & chemical cylinder loading & unloading, hurricane and disaster/emergency team member, previous Emergency Medical technician (14yrs)
5.) What made you choose this career path? Was it something you loved or grew to love?
I Loved being an Emergency Medical Technician but I hated the pay so I went back to school in a field that paid great and that I could also incorporate my EMT skills as well.
6.) What are/were your main responsibilities in your role? And what kinds of decisions do/did you make?
I am now retired since 2017 after working for 21 years on my last job.
7.) What is/was a typical day (or week) like for you?
My job consisted of working 12 hrs rotating shifts, holidays, nights, and working overtime when needed, Very busy and demanding, had to be quick thinking and reacting to any given situation at any moment.
8.) What do/did you love and hate most about your work?
I loved interacting with other employees and contractors, training new hires, being of help to others in emergency situations. What I hated most of all was being away from my family, especially during Holidays, Hurricanes, school sports, and events involving my children...not being there most of the time due to job obligations.
9.) What kinds of accomplishments tend to be valued and rewarded in this field?
It was hectic most of the time, a" high octane position", I did meet many people that became steadfast friends that I still hold memorable to this day...A true friend is a thing to cherish. The money was great too!!! It allowed me to provide a good home for my children and the ability to provide money for their college and good education. I'm very proud of them knowing they have the skills and education to provide for themselves as adults.
10.) What skills, abilities, and personal attributes are essential to succeed in this field?
Knowledge of the job, equipment, great people skills, consistency of studying changes/update of procedures, troubleshooting, respect chemicals you're working with, safety for self, co-workers, and ensuring the safety of all workers on site. Mixing the wrong chemical will cause a reaction that can harm or even kill yourself as well as others.
11.) How does/did your job affect your general lifestyle? (Do/Did you feel like you have/ had a work-life balance?)
Honestly, No. At that time in my life, I had more important concerns, like being able to provide for my children and their future. I was a single parent and I did what I had to do. All have paid off when I look where my children are today and what they have accomplished and still accomplishing.
12.) If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself? If not, what would you change?
Yes, I would choose the same path, the good, bad, happy, etc. everything....because that's what makes me the person I am today.
13.) Do you feel that your career/ past career has put you in a position where you are comfortable with your finances?
Yes it has
14.) What advice would you give someone who is considering this type of job (or field)?
I would advise them to make sure they really love the job they're doing.
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