Today my attitude has changed towards the job that I am about to start. Rather than looking at working in environmental services for a hospital as a personal failure on my part, I am looking at it as a new chance and a new opportunity to re-invent myself. Certainly I wish I could be working in Information Technology but there are advantages to an hourly basic job. The advantage is that when I leave for the evening, I leave work and go home. There is no on-call or being woken up at odd hours because a system has failed.
Furthermore, I am getting in on the ground floor and starting off contract to hire which means that when I get brought on full time, I can start thinking about training for a true career in healthcare. Some friends of mine mentioned becoming a licensed practical nurse. This could be a good job for me because it is less rigorous than a full nurse or I could become a medical assistant or phlebotomist. And I am willing to wager that the hospital has educational opportunities. I do not have to be cleaning patient rooms and common areas forever. For now, it is a good and simple job for the time in which I need one. It’s been a long time since I have had a full time job and keeping it simple is the way to go.
I could maybe even become a Public Safety Officer with the hospital because I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice. But I do not have to do this. I’ve often thought I would enjoy working in the patient transportation department which basically moves patients from their rooms to testing and back. There are a lot of opportunities inside of a large and well-funded hospital system that is growing. I am even looking at it favorably from another perspective.
Ordinarily, my resume and application would be overlooked for entry level jobs due to my work experience. This contract to hire position is one where the staffing agency simply needs me to fill a role so that it can profit. They willingly overlooked the fact that I am overqualified to do the work that I’ve applied to do because they earn money from my work. This really works to my advantage because I don’t want to work for a contract security outfit and that would be my backup role. Furthermore, I do not have to worry about being properly relieved before going home. The shift that I will be working is a straight 3:00-11:30.
Instead of feeling like I’ve failed, I feel like I have been given a chance to reinvent myself as somebody different. I will be working in a hospital which is a dynamic environment that keeps things interesting. And I don’t have to worry about taking work home with me. The advantages for somebody coming off of disability and working a basic job cannot be overstated. The last thing I want is a super amount of stress.