I can't do too much... even though it seems like I can
February 1, 2014 11:43 AM Subscribe
I have a part time job as a legal secretary and another one (or two, sometimes) delivering pizza. In my jobs I deal with customers and clients, invisible house numbers, rickety stairs, icy hills, lifting up to 25 pounds, sometimes working a total of 55 hours per week, things getting way too boring and then frantic, poor phone lines, dangerous neighborhoods, moody bosses, court deadlines, hot ovens, etc. etc. What I like is mainly the variety, flexibility, typing, driving around, friendly interaction, and food smells. What I dislike is the pay.
posted by serena15221 to Work & Money (8 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Main problems in looking for a better job: I cannot stand all day, or work too much in a hot or humid environment. I can't do shift work but I might make an exception for the 3-11 shift. Also, sick people creep me out and sick animals freak me out. I just don't have the patience for things that take brains that I have no interest in, such as finance, insurance, or most legal secretary jobs (see, mine at least involves personal injury and an entertaining boss, so it's not too dry).
My office skills are good to excellent but I need to learn more software apps. My math skills are average. My concentration is frequently below average (I've been working on this but there's only so much I can do.)
I'm pretty good at deciphering things and have a good eye and a sympathetic ear, and like to run around. I can make a decent impression but will never be super-polished. I like art, for whatever that's worth.
I can't drive the big rigs (just trust me on this). I wouldn't make a good handyman either. I also need a job where I have a pretty clear idea of what I'm supposed to do every day, and a reasonably clear idea of how to go about it. I don't think I'd make a good career woman unless it's the type of career that even a kid would find fascinating.
So...what would you hire me for? How would you suggest I make more money? Is there anything worth going back to school for?
I am female and just over 50.