Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Question of the Day

Today marks my seventh anniversary at my current job. I make it a rule to not blog about what I do or where I do it except in the most general of terms for two reasons: first, I respect the privacy of the people I work with and for, and second, I can’t imagine a less interesting topic to blog about than what I do and how I do it.

This is also the longest that I’ve stayed with one job. It’s not that I’m in the habit of picking up and going elsewhere (or getting fired) on a regular basis, but looking back over my working career, I can see how you might get that impression. Blame it on grad school, wanderlust, and a tough job market for playwrights with Ph.D.’s; it’s on a par with the demand for shepherds. But thanks to a variety of jobs in a variety of places — window and door sales in Michigan and New Mexico; high school teacher in Indiana; college professor, camp counselor, administrative clerk, and waiter in Colorado — I was well-prepared for what I do now, which involves elements from almost every job I’ve had before (including a strong dose of dealing with children). So, with the understanding that I’ve probably asked this before…

What’s the longest you’ve ever held a job in one place?

And it doesn’t have to be a job in the traditional sense of the word.