I finished community college in 2011 and started looking for work. I wasn’t having much success considering I went for architectural drafting and was only looking locally. Odd jobs filled the gap while I searched.[^1]

Within 6 months, someone offered me work because they heard I was looking and they needed help in their new role. I was hired as a temp, quickly extended more hours, converted to a permanent part-timer with benefits, and stayed there for 8 years.

During my time there, I interviewed for two other jobs in the same line of work: one with the school district and one with the federal public defender. I was offered both positions, but accepted neither.

Just after I moved to North Carolina, the pandemic hit. I had the opportunity to stay home and take care of my great-grandfather. Eventually, a friend offered some contract digital marketing work and I assisted him for 6 months. I added that to my LinkedIn profile and, within two months, another friend offered some piece work writing blog articles. I’ve been doing that for a year now.

[^1]: One engineering firm principal was kind enough to tell me the economy sucked and he couldn’t offer me work. Meanwhile, the stagecoach’s group interview process for tellers was humiliating and I wish I had walked out once I realized they wanted 50 young people to fight against each other.