To be honest with myself most of the jobs I have had in my life meant one thing. A pay-check at the end of every month.
If I had to go back to one of my past jobs I would pick the one at the ice cream shop. At least there I could enjoy some real sugar.
Selling ice cream and working with sick people have been the most rewarding jobs thus far. Well… OK, fine. I also enjoyed working in the kitchen of T.G.I. Friday’s for the first 6 months. But for the rest of my time (1,5 year) there it was a real pain in the butt.
I have been working as a personal assistant (P.A.) since the summer of 2013 and by the end of that year, I got a job at the rehabilitation centre where I still work today.
Working closely with ALS patients made me grow so much. I have certainly learned a lot. And I am grateful that I was given the chance to actually see how things work in a long-term department, where most of the time people do not get better.
However, I feel that I am ready to move on to the next chapter. My job no longer gives me the personal reward it used to when I started. The tasks are the very same. People shower, eat, drink, micturate, defecate, sleep and wake up. Over and over again. The healthcare personal helps them to get by one more day, which is an important thing, but that’s about it.
I want more than this for myself. I want to know what happens to the body in certain situations, what causes disease and how to fight it, etc. I want to see more and have more responsibility.
In addition, one does not have any future career possibilities working as an assistant. The baseline salary is low, physically it gets harder and harder as one gets older, and there are no other additional benefits (salary is all you can get as an exchange for your work).
All in all, I am very glad that a new whole world is waiting for me in September. It’s about time!