What was the worst job(s) you’ve ever had?
Today I was thinking about just how lucky I am to finally be working for myself doing something that I enjoy. I appreciate it even more when I think back to some of the crazy jobs I’ve had. Here is my worst jobs list, in no particular order:
In high school I worked in the ground maintenance dept. at an amusement park. One day I was using a hand razor to scrape stuff off of a urinal. I remember thinking, “If this is NOT the lowest point in my life then I am in serious trouble.” Sometimes when they were short employees in the entertainment dept. they would pull me in and I would have to wear a disgusting, sweaty, 25 year old, fat chicken mascot costume. I really wanted to be the lion damn it.- LOL j/k
After college, I worked in high pressure sales selling hair to bald men. I don’t even want to elaborate on this one.
The first job I landed after grad school was working as an outreach clinician. I was doing in-home counseling in the projects of a notoriously bad city. My goal was to do my job without taking bedbugs and/or roaches back home with me or having run-ins with exceedingly, unsavory characters.
I will clump working on a crisis response team and working as clinical supervisor together. Both jobs were insanely stressful and I think my lifespan has seriously been shortened as a result. We’re talking about situations with armed people that were psychotic, on drugs, or just extremely desperate and unstable. Average police response time varied from 20 minutes all the way up to 90 minutes. In the meantime, all you could do was try to deescalate the situation. I feel very fortunate that nobody was ever injured.