So this week at work has been the most challenging in probably my whole life 🙂
I work in government PR, and suffice to say after 70 questions from journalists, 2 TV interviews to organise, multiple radio interviews, a TV Op and multiple speeches, at the end of the week my small group of colleagues and I were barely able to state our names coherently.
Anyway it got me thinking about some of the odd jobs I have had over the years, and the various challenges each of them brought …
Ice Cream Scooper
My very first job, as a sixteen-year-old, was working at a Great Australian Icecreamery. It was all very exciting to have a job and money, but let me tell you, scooping ice cream is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s really hard. Especially the rum and raison. And my wrists are horribly weak. I found it quite stressful and after an unfortunate batch of malformed waffle cones I didn’t last very long at all.
While I was at Uni, I answered an ad to be a fairy for children’s parties. It was kind of fun, but I only lasted two parties. During my first outing, the head fairy (I was just the assistant) was severely hung over from her antics the previous evening, and we kept having to stop on the way for her to vomit on the side of the road (yes, dressed as fairies). Then on the second outing her car broke down and we had to walk in the pouring rain for ages along a highway, dressed in our costumes. It’s not all tinsel and wings, I assure you.
Singles party organiser
I don’t know what on earth possessed me to answer an ad seeking someone to organise singles parties, but for some reason I did. It was very strange – firstly I had to pretend to be single myself (I have no idea why – you would think being happily married was a walking advertisement) and had to act as a conversation starter for the singles that came along. Imagine every worst first date scenario and multiply it by the number of people at a large party. I don’t think I did a terribly good job at it – at the end of my one and only party, everyone ditched me for the local nightclub.
So I think the lesson learned here is that my job might be stressful, but at least it’s the right one for me 🙂