Right Outta College

I wrote about my first job after college originally on day five on my year-long expedition to thank someone every day.  I look back on it now and professionally, I am not in the same “place” I was a year ago.  No matter, I still remember with great fondness my first job after I graduated from college.


JCCI think most anyone in the workforce for any length of time, can clearly remember their first job.  There are several jobs that I’ve loved along the way: waitressing, director of a nursery school, director of an AmeriCorps project. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed some of the jobs I’ve done and I’ve been good at them.  Along the way I’ve learned what to do and what not to do to be successful. Lessons that hurt, helped, healed, and hurried us down our career and life paths.

I’d like to thank the person who gave me my first job in my field when I got out of college. In 1985 there was a glut of teachers flooding the field in Rhode Island. Getting a job in a public elementary school was for the lucky few. In addition to waiting tables at my brother’s restaurant in 1985, I had the good fortune to be offered a job as a lead teacher in a preschool summer camp at the JCC in Providence.

Ruby Shalansky hired me. I knew her because my younger brother and sister were classmates of her two boys. I also babysat her kids on more than a few occasions; including, when she and her husband made an extended trip out of the country.

Today’s thank you is to Ruby for giving me a chance to prove myself fresh out of college.


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