a decade ago I got hired to work at my favorite fruit company and in the immortal words of the Grateful Dead, what a long strange trip it’s been. No one works anywhere for 10 years, well no one works for someone else for 10 years. That’s the thing about this job, I enjoy what I do. It’s not been perfect but that’s true even if you’re self-employed.
I’ve grown and I have surprised myself. Me, a self-described misanthrope, working in retail for a decade, oh the stories I could tell. I have seen so much change in technology and not only on the customer facing side. Through all the shiny new products, changes of shirts, changes of management from the top down, one simple truth has remained – the best of us are here to change people’s lives.
It’s the thing that kept me going in everyday for the last 10 years and will keep me going in. I’m may not like everyone but every day there is at least one person whose life I can make better with what I do.
Congratulations on your long tenure at your company…
I always thought I’d work somewhere long term. when i look at my resume, i see:
laid off (2 years)
quit because company got bought and i didn’t want a demotion(2 years)
quit because of stress(3 years)
laid off (2 years)
laid off (6 years, and I’d still be there if they didn’t close my division…)
part time office (worked there over a long stretch of time while unemployed 3 years)
contract (6 months)
contract (7 months, got sick, lost contract)
contract (7 months, contract not renewed)
real grown up job (3 months as I was wooed back to current workplace that didn’t renew my contract, with big money real grown up job)
and that finds me here today. we’ll see how long i last. My father worked for the same company for 37 years. my mother worked for a bank for 16 years until the bank was bought by some shitty bank and she quit, and then worked for 10 years for my high school in the attendance office, until she retired.