Please help me get a better job...........

United States
July 27, 2007 9:50am CST
ok here is the scoop. Right now I work for walmart. I am an overnight stocker. I do make a little money there...about $10 an hour. I live in NY. I jumped up to $10 in 3 years, so Im not Really complaining, just a little, LOL. Money is money, pays the bills right? ANyways..........When I got out of highschool...my sweetie and I had a baby. So I never really got the chance to go to college. We both quickly applied for Jobs at walmart and thats where we have been ever since. Hubby likes it, I HATE IT I really would like a better job, that pays more and has decent hours. FULLTIME of course. Im not that knowledgable about the working world or the schooling world. Can anyone help me out and let me know some of my options. Now there is no way I can go to school fulltime. It just wouldnt workout. My $$$ does pay the mortgage ect. SO I need something different. And thats where I am asking for help. Could anyone help me out please....Im tired of being a little PEON at walmart. Thanks
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18 responses
@nicolec (2673)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Ok, here's another suggestion that you may not like, but I'll give it anyways. Move. NY is an expensive state to live it, I know I grew up there. And $10/hr is good pay. But it can be difficult to pay a mortgage in such a place as NY. Or refinance your mortgage and try to get a lower interest rate. that may help with the money end. Now, as far as hating your job. Well, again, what kind of skills do you have that you can take elsewhere? I like the idea of the temp agency. then maybe through them you can find what you like. How about waiting tables? Lots of restaurants will train you on the spot. Trust me, you can make good money waiting tables. Good luck!
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• United States
27 Jul 07
See thats the thing. I dont want a little job like waiting tables. I want something where my hours are set and I amek good money. I may sound a little picky for not having any education...BUT I have a family to raise as well. You know? Moving...hmmmm....have thought about it. ALthough...I have looked into other states, it seems the homes all sell for alot more than NY homes, and also it takes money to move....LOTS of money to move, LOL. Great Suggestions
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
27 Jul 07
That's the thing about waiting tables. You can have a set schedule. Well, depending on the restaurant. But many managers will work with you. When I waited tables I was in college and had to set my schedule around school. Perhaps the biggest differnence might be the start time. Like i would start a shift at 5 or 5:30. that would be the only difference.
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I just got a flyer in the mail about how the schools are hiring school bus drivers and that made me think of you. THe pay is 12/hour and no experience necessary. Ok, not a great big hike and I don't know what it would be near you. But this could be an option. More money. Stable hours. And you have the same holidays off as your kids. Maybe you should look into that!
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Jolene- How about online schooling? I'm not sure what kind of good job you can get without having the education to back it up- Unfortunatly in this area it is tough- I have 2 degrees plus over 7 years of experience in accounting - I applied for a job at Noyes Hospital in Dansville and because I haven't finished my 4 year degree yet- they would not even talk to me- ARGH!! so how about trying to do schooling online? you should be able to apply for financial aid- Mom with a couple of kids- That is what I would suggest- I'm going to come to Wally one night and see you- think it would be neat to meet someone in person- I'm only 10 minutes from the store.
• United States
28 Jul 07
LOL. Well im on vacation until next thursday!!! HEHE! But I am usually stocking the pharmacy section. So look for me if you do stop by, LOL. Id love to meet you!!! Actually I just called about a college. Empire STate College. I guess it is through Alfred State. But I am going to look into getting my teaching degree.....for elementary. I guess what happens is I meet with a professer every so often and he explains to me some things and my work, homework ect whatever. And I do alot on my own I guess. IDK too much about it right now but I am going to a meeting in fall. Do you know anything about it? I really want to teach elementary....like Pre-k, kindergarten or maby even first or second, I dont know how much they get paid around here though....lol
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I think teaching is the perfect job - Not only are you helping with the seeds of our future (kids) you get summers off--- Yes I have heard of Empire State College- before I went back for my 2nd degree I went to a meeting just like you are doing in the Fall- It sounded great- you do alot of work at home- problem for me was in accoutning you needed more school with the professor- it's hard to learn on your own- But for teaching it might be different- just be sure they offer a degree in teaching- Good luck! You go camping yet?? Keuka Lake right?
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• United States
28 Jul 07
Yeah we went last week. It was OK. I mean Im glad we got out of town and all but it rained most the time. Kids only got to go to the lake one day...kinda sucked But they are going to Woodstream with their Gramma next week. They have TONS of fun there!!!!!!
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
The secret is to find a job that is in line with your interest. What do you love to do? What are you good at? When you have identified these two areas, then you can look for a job that you enjoy doing. Know what your passion is. Because you are doing something that you love it doesnt feel work anymore. So, when you have identified what you love to do and what your strengths are, find a job that is in line with it. Believe me, doing something you are passionate about will give you fulfillment and this results to specializing on that field. Isn't it that when you do something you love, you like to learn more about it, your enthusiasm is there, you are motivated, and you are so interested? So, ask yourself those questions. Find your passion. And then study more about it. There's no point doing something you hate...you will find the drive to excel in it and success would be impossible. In addition, I suggest you read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Koyazaki. You will learn a lot from it.
• United States
28 Jul 07
Thank you very Much!!!! I gave you best response. Thanks again!!! I really want to teach, teach little kids.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Hey Jolene..What are you really good at? Any hobbies that you really love to do that you could maybe get an online education to further your knowledge and qualify for a better job? There are tons of online courses that you would be able to take for a wide variety of occupations. Orrrr you can try your local unemployment office. They aren't just for unemployed ppl. They may be able to help you find a better job you qualify for.
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• United States
28 Jul 07
Hmmm....Lets see. The only hobbie I have is scrapbooking. Which I dont think I could make a job out of that, LOL. I would love to tech but you just have to go to school Way to long to do that, you know?
27 Jul 07
A big company like walmart, they always have internal vacancies and encourage staff to apply for them. Try them and have your luck changed.
• India
27 Jul 07
My suggestion is try to do some distance learning course. If possible do some computer related courses so that you will get some goo exposure about computer. You will atleast a better job. Instead of doing this Job. ( I am not telling this bad..) Each and every job is good. But you will get a better job if you do a computer course.... Since I am a Software Engineer, I can suggest this only.. :-))
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I think that you should go to a temp agency and explain your situation. They can test you on some of your skills - like typing - and put you in an office position. You will probably make just as much as you do now, but will have normal working hours. Have you thought about taking college courses online to get an advanced degree? Some community colleges allow you to take basic skill courses - like typing, writing, etc - without signing up for a degree program.
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27 Jul 07
I was in the same position as you I left school never went college and worked at marks and spencers for 8 years, but in the last few years I have been studying through distance learning not that this has got me anywhere, but I have just been offered a job in a finance department based on my customer service skills so there is hope! You don't need qualifications its all about the way you present yourself in interviews if you believe you can do a job its easy to persuade the company your trying to work for. I think most companies like to take people who have no experience so they can train you to there way of working. It can happen for you just be patient and apply for everything that you think you can do there is always hope. Hope this helps.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
28 Jul 07
You've already gotten some great ideas so won't go into detail about transferring within Walmart or taking courses, I think that has all been talked about enough. My next idea for you is to look into your own "business". There must be something you are good at that you can turn into a job. Whether it's selling things online, becoming an ebay seller, or opening your own in home daycare can be made profitable if you put the effort into it. My aunt is an ebay seller. I honestly don't know exactly how she has things set up but I do know that it brings in enough income to completely live off of comfortably. Just a couple months ago she made $4000 in ONE day! Depending on how many children you have a home day care can bring in a good amount of money too. I don't know what the rates usually are where you are but here it's not uncommon for it to cost $100-$150 per child per full time work week. If you only take on three children that adds up to $1200-$1800 a month...not too shabby. Good luck with whatever you decide...just remember no matter how much we wish for it, no one is just going to hand us what we want...it sure would be nice though!
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• United States
28 Jul 07
Thanks sooo mcuh Foxy!!!! Ive always wated to have my own Daycare or be a preschool teacher. Thats my dream. BUT we live in a very old house and I know I wont be opening up a daycare anytime soon. It needs alot of work and unfortunatley we dont have the $$. Funny that you mentioned the ebay thing. Hubby and I were discussing that I make a bunch of stuff to sell and make Extra money with, right now. Examples are Fleece blankets that tie all the way around, homemade cloth diapers...with the buttons/snaps, tag blankies for babies, recieving blankets ect...knit caps and jackets for babies ect. All that fabric type of stuff. A good way to make extra money but I dont think it would pay my bills every month. But who knows. RIght? Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Yep...you never know! Those things sound to me like things that would be popular though. People are usually willing to pay dear to get exactly what they want for their new babies. Even if it wasn't enough to live off of, you could put it towards training courses or moving costs...or your house so you can get it fixed up for a daycare. Another thought I had about the transferring within Walmart/moving thing was hat if you could move ou here you could get in at he Vestal, NY Walmart for the same pay but live in PA which is a little cheaper. I did a map quest from where I live to your town and it was around 119 miles. I'm in PA but only 1/2 hour from that Walmart.
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• United States
28 Jul 07
Great Idea!!! Put the extra money towards the house for a daycare. I like your thinking!!! LOL. PM me your town in PA please...well some area near you so I can check it out. Im not sure where Vestal NY is. LOL. Thanks
@senthil2k (1501)
• India
28 Jul 07
The best way to improve your earnings is to, prove yourself to your employer and gain some promotions and earnings there itself. Because if you go out, you may need to start from the beginning and make your employer understand you. That takes more time than the first option.
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• United States
28 Jul 07
Thanks for responding! This is defiantley something I need to think about!!!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Maybe you could take some courses on line?? Some places are willing to supply the necessary training and education for a person if that person would be a good candidate for the job. I worked for an ins.co. that paid for the classes I needed in order to move up in the company. I know of a bartender that was great with people and so the bar taught him the ropes and he did not have to go to school. I have also worked as a laborer in construction and that pays quite well and no schooling...lots of physical work tho. Or maybe check with your local school? Many will hire on teachers aides with no experience ....just patience and desire to help with the children.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul 07
Well Night Jobs normally pay better it is the same here in the UK so you might find that you will loose on Money It really depends what you want to do and what you think you are capable of doing I know a lot of People now go for Telesales as that apparently pays good well here in the UK anyway or Check outs but that does not pay so good You need to sit down and think about what you really want to do and work from there Sweetie
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@ram_18y (275)
• India
28 Jul 07
if you post an e-mail asking for which job you want and where you are locating.i will place you in a job.guarente.i tie up with job companies. ram18y@gmail.com is my e-mail.if you post me soon you will get job soon.decent salaries.many oppurtunities will be sent to you
• United States
28 Jul 07
Hi Jolene, I have been working from home steadily for the past 3 years with a team of moms and dads who show other parents, retirees etc., how to generate an additional income from home full-time or part-time. I would love to share the details with you. An educational background in not necessary as we have those with some high school and those who have gone way beyond. We work with a family oriented company who has won several awards, the latest-2 weeks ago, the Salvation Army's Highest award for our partner company efforts to the Hurricane Katrina victims. Our President and CEO sits on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, so we are in good hands. Email me at: movinonup2006@yahoo.com and I will send you my contact information and that way you can contact me.
@nerd9750 (12)
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
try to find another job, and try to find out what is your skills so that you could understand what job really fits you in.
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• Canada
28 Jul 07
I am happy to see your desire to rise in life... i think without education you can not do better in life. Try to get some distance education or learn some skills which are in demand in your country. You can go for graphics design, interior designing ... other option i feel is real estate agent. Go through one option and you will surely shine. Best wishes.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
27 Jul 07
well i think you should be thankfull you have a job cause i make $10/hr too and for canada that is kinda cheap, but for the US it is higher than minimum (i work in an office for a non profit company) But that being said, what are your skills? could you get a secretarial job? what about taking some night school courses to upgrade? what about another store? explore all your options before you quit!
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• China
28 Jul 07
i am a master, i have no money recentlu ,so i want to find a job to live, why is it so difficult find one? i am faint.