Character building jobs.....

@makingpots (11928)
United States
April 13, 2007 2:31pm CST
What was your character building job? You know, that kind of job that everyone should do at one time or other in their life because it builds character. Mine was working at an ice cream parlor/fast food joint. Boy did I see it all.... customers who expect the world, coworkers who were teeny bopper types with so much drama in there life, quick change artists trying fast ones on cashiers, etc.
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@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
14 Apr 07
The 'job' I had that built the most character was being a member of a volunteer fire department. I was the only female fire fighter on the department for 8 years, and I did have to prove myself at times with the male members, that I could hold my own and get the job done. But I did prove myself and the chief had respect and believed in me enough to put me in as 'second in command', and it was me who was in charge when he was out of town. My parents always told my sister and I that we could do or be whatever we wished too, and that 'job' just backed that up, and now I know I can accomplish whatever I set my mind too.
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Can I first say thank you for your service. Volunteer at that. Good for you rising to 2nd in command. Your parents were very wise. Look what they produced. I have a friend who tells me that her parents always told her she could be anything she set her mind to. She argues that it is not true and wonders if it is not a good idea to say to her child. She likes to say that she could never have been a physicist if she wanted to be. .............. she doesn't 'get it'.
• United States
18 Apr 07
My dad has always been my biggest 'fan', lol. And you are correct, she doesn't get it. Someone telling you that you can be anything you want, doesn't mean you have to become a rocket scientist! It just means that you hold the key to making whatever your dream is come true, and that any of us are capable of fulfilling our dreams or wishes. I think she is wrong in not telling her children this, because they will never learn to explore and find what they can achieve. And even today, it can be tough for women in fields that are traditionally a 'man's world'.
@mummymo (23709)
15 Apr 07
The job I do now as a barmaid! It lets you see every side of human nature and believe me it is not all bad - there are some really good people out there! xxx
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
17 Apr 07
My husband and I talk a lot about all you would learn from being a bartendar/maid. I bet it would/could be a lot. Character building - definitely.
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