I feel more effective and function much better when I have something to do ......when I have responsibilities ..... when I am productive and I accomplish something.
I started working part-time when I was in second year college. I worked at the school's book rental area, where I arranged dusty books in wide, tall storage spaces. A year after, my father sent me to study in Spain . In summer, when I had some free time, I worked as a tour guide for English-speaking tourists. After two years, I went back to the Philippines and resumed my college education....... this time, I worked part-time as a Spanish language instructor in a local Foreign Language institution. After a few years, I found myself working as a secretary for the biggest food manufacturing company in the Philippines. This was the start of my corporate employments.......a life I so much enjoyed, where I learned a lot of skills and expertise . I gained experience which made me proficient in the fields of secretarial work, administrative functions and human resources responsibilities.
I went on to work for different industries .....securities and exchange , real estate , immigration consultancy, online survey taker, service checker, English/Spanish/English translation and finally, I landed in the world of Outsourcing.
Outsourcing is where I learned what information technology is all about and began to love the internet and everything related to it. I was handling Human Resources but during our free time, I would sit down with graphic artists, programmers, web developers, operations guys. I definitely did not understand what they did, but their work was awesome! I only had respect on how they did their work and marveled at the finished product they would show me. I never got tired listening to their conversations when they exchanged notes on how to do their job and what they would do next.
I am a believer that age should never be a factor or an excuse to stop learning. On my lunch break, I would eat quickly just so I can practice what one of the IT guys have taught me ..... maybe a keyboard short cut, a combination of keystrokes, how to upload / download, how to research/what key words to use, etc.
Six months ago or, to be exact on December 31,2011, I retired from my job. I was 65 years old and thought that I can now relax and do nothing for a while. Have I mentioned that I am a people-person? Yes, I definitely am ! I thrive when I interact with other people. Don't get me wrong here .... I love sitting down and talking with my husband. I learn a lot from him in history, current events and everything else in-between! What I am hankering for now is a job I can do from home :-) .... something to keep me busy, where I interact with a person I work with and again learn new skills......................another chapter of my chosen work and my life. A new step in my life's journey!
I will start looking for a home-based job today, hoping that I will find a good person to work with and a job I will enjoy doing.
Wish me luck !!