I’m not making that up either. Well, OK… I’ll admit that I’ve been in a situation or two where I’ve thought, “Wow, I really don’t get paid enough for this.” But overall, I love my job.
I had been volunteering for LDAWE for many years while I was in school. Once I finished my business degree, LDAWE’s Executive Director, Bev Clarke, asked me to work for LDAWE as the Resource Manager. I was terrified at the thought. I was horrible at asking people for things (I still am), so having part of my job responsibilities include being the fundraiser for the organization was scary. So, I told her no. Actually, if I remember correctly, I said no about 8 times during our 5 minute conversation. However, at the end of that 5 minute phone call, I ended up saying yes (those of you who know Bev, will not be surprised by that… she’s quite convincing).
At first, I never answered a phone call. My duties included all financial aspects of the organization (i.e. bookkeeping, payroll, etc…), fundraising, and volunteer management. Even without having any contact with our clients, I loved my job. Just knowing that the job I was doing was indirectly helping people with learning disabilities was enough to keep me satisfied.
A year later, Bev convinced me that I would make a good Job Developer/Coach. This allowed me to work directly with our clients and help them find and (hopefully) keep a job. A year or two after that, I told Bev that I wanted to be the lead on our assistive technology project. Now, I answer the phones all the time, answer a wide variety of questions, and have even developed a couple of our programs.
About 4 years ago, I went back to school part-time to get my MBA. Everyone assumed that I would leave LDAWE right after getting my MBA… but I haven’t. Co-workers, family members, and friends often send me job postings… and usually I don’t even bother to open them. So, why do I stay with LDAWE even though I could go find a job somewhere else?
Is it because of the money? ha…ha… No.
It is because:
- I have a boss that allows me the freedom to try new things (even when she doesn’t agree with me)
- I get to be involved with all aspects of running the Association
- I have the opportunity to work with amazing people (our clients, volunteers, and staff)
Most importantly, it is because every day that I come to work, I have the opportunity to have a direct and positive impact on someone’s life… and to me, that’s priceless.
Do you love your job? Is it worth the extra money to have a job that you hate going to every day? Let me know what you think.