Shortly after high school I went to school the learn how to clean surgical equipment for a job a Kaiser. After passing the class I applied for the job. I was told that the job was not ready yet and I would have to wait till the summer. Now being that the summer was only 3 months away, I just kept working moving furniture until the job was ready. Once the summer came I would told it would not be ready till winter, so whats a few more months? Winter came and they told me it would be another year. Well being right out of high school...young and stupid thinking I knew everything...I said to myself,"Forget this crap! I just got a raise at work and I don't need this job!". Not a very smart move at all on me!
Years later after getting hurt at the moving job, I had to find something new to do. So I went to WyoTech for heating and air conditioning. Once I past that school after a little over a year, I got job right away working with Sears as a appliance tech. Things were going great at first, was making really good money. Then it happened again, I got hurt. Put me out for 4 years with 3 surgeries. Not being able to return to the job I was doing, I needed to find something new.
I went and got my guard card during the time I was out of work. I applied for a few jobs looking for people, but because of lack of experience, never got hired. I should have renewed that card, but never did after it expired.
I chose to doing something out of the box for me and signed up for Phlebotomy. Drawing blood is something I never thought I would do, not that I can't stand the sight of blood. I took the class and passed it, and did good in during my internship. I even got to drew the blood of MMA fighter Miesha Tate.
All I had to do is take the California state test for my licences, then I could start looking for work in the field. You are only allowed to take the test 3 time, I failed twice. I could take the test one more time, but have opted out. I took it as a sign that it maybe not be what I am suppose to be doing. Part of it is I did not want to fail a third time. Even though I am about to start a new school for a job that has nothing to do with drawing blood, I have been wanting to take the test again, just to prove that I could do it. In my own words, something I tell my friends all the time, I need to "Man Up" and just take the test.
As you can see, I have tried to get a career going many times, and now I am back at it again. When I start school this Saturday I will be learning how to drive semis. I have driven bobtails before, but nothing bigger then a 28 foot truck. As I start taking the steps to get my class A licences, I look at past attempts to bettering myself. I am very excite to start learning something that I feel is in my blood, my dad, grandpa, and a few uncles all have driven class A. This is something I feel like I should be doing.
Having said that, I just hope I don't have anymore major obstacles to deal with getting my class A or getting a job afterwords. I know no matter what there will be obstacles to deal with, that is just life, but the hope is that there ones I can over come. I need some good changes in my life, and going for my class A I think is one of the big steps in doing that.