A World of Opportunity
At some point in life, everyone must make decisions regarding a career, sometimes more than once. After I graduated from high school, I decided to attend a trade school. I wanted to be an auto mechanic. After nine months of banging my knuckles against uncooperative engines, I came to the conclusion that this is not the way I want to make a living. I moved back to my hometown and enrolled in the University of Texas at Ell Paso. I financed my last year of college by working as a substitute teacher with the El Paso Independent School District. This was my first experience working with children. As a substitute, I taught at all levels. I especially enjoyed working with the older children, simply because of their maturity and fewer incidences of discipline problems.
I completed the requirements for my Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree, majoring in Finance and Marketing. After graduation, I accepted a position with thhe Department of Defense (DOD Civil Service). I was employed as a Supply Specialist, managing the inventory of spare parts for the Army’s aviation weapon systems, such as the Apache helicopters, known for making the first strikes in the Gulf Wa
After Desert Storm ended, and having worked for five years with DOD, I decided it was time to explore other career options. My friends helped me load my possessions onto a moving van, I said goodbye to my apartment on the Mississippi river front, and headed toward West Texas. I immediately obtained a real estate license and started working as a REALTOR. I enjoyed the work very much, especially meeting and dealing with the public, but realized that I was spending too much time and effort to complete each transaction. I still have an active real estate license, but only work on a referral basis.
In September 1994, I accepted a management position with a major retail chain store. The position provided the opportunity to improve my skills in customer and employee relations. I was responsible for maintaining inventory levels of all the hardline items, (i.e. everything in the store other than textile items) employee evaluations, and scheduling. Don, my supervisor in Odessa, Texas is another person who had an influence in my life. He allowed and encouraged me to make decisions. He wo
I consider myself fortunate to afford the luxury, at this time, of exploring various careers. I completed the requirements for certification in elementary education in May 1996, and am currently working toward certification in secondary education. I have always considered the possibility of becoming a teacher, having been influenced by my brother and sister, both of whom are educators. My sister has been a Special Education teacher for thirteen years. My brother is ESL certified and just returned from an assignment in Schenzhen, China (next to Hong Kong). The time seems right. I feel this career will provide me with the opportunity to enrich the lives of others, give me a sense of contribution, and provide me with unlimited opportunities. I’d encourage anyone to ta