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Well, as of March 2008, I have a Masterís of Business Administration in Human Resources Management. I have worked extremely hard over the last six years to obtain this MBA. Why? It wasnít required of me for work. I wasnít asked to get it at any time. I decided to get it for myself.
Just prior to finishing my degree, I was laid off at my last employer in February 2008. It was actually an answer to a prayer from my Father. You see, it was not a good place to work. When I say that, I donít mean that I didnít make enough money or the benefits werenít very good. Actually both of those were excellent. It was actually the atmosphere that was associated with the place. There was so much negativity around there I really felt the devil had called the place home.
To give you a little background, I left a job that I had been at for eight years when I was offered this position. Yes Ė I left because they offered me more money. I guess now is where I tell you more money isnít everything. At my previous job, I made less money and did ten times the work as at my new job. Sounds kind of crazy doesnít it Ė especially when I say I wasnít happy at my new job? Whatís wrong with me? I was finished with my work by 9:30 in the morning and I made $10,000 more per year in salary. Isnít this the type of job that everyone wants? Well Ė it just wasnít right for me.
I had been looking for months for a new job, but one had just not come along by February. I worked in the Human Resources department doing payroll. In January, the plant manager told me that he wanted me to go down to shipping every day and learn how to do the billing because he wasnít satisfied with who was doing it down there. I didnít ask any questions because I have always been of the mind set that anything new I learn will only benefit me in the end. So I did this. A few days later, they decided that I needed to learn how to operate a forklift if I was going to be down in the shipping department. Now Ė this is something I have never done before in my life. I was so upset by this; I almost quit the job on the spot, even though I knew we needed my income to stay afloat. There were many days that I came home crying because I was being treated so badly. I honestly didnít know why I was being treated like this when I did whatever was asked of me, and I would like to think I did it well. Now Ė just to justify myself, I do not belittle anyone for whatever job they do. If it is something they enjoy and are good at, then that is where they should be. But this is not something I enjoyed or had any desire to do. After talking with family and friends and asking God for a prayer, in February I was laid off.
As it turns out, I feel this was Godís plan for me. He wanted me toughen it out. He wanted me to go through the suffering of having the other employees in the plant show ďpityĒ on me and wonder what I had done to make them mad up front in the office. These people were good people and they were being treated badly as well. I had just never experienced it directly at me. If I would have just walked out, I would not have been offered a severance agreement and been paid for my unused vacation time.
I have now been out of work for four months. I have prayed for God to show me where I am supposed to be. I would love to be going to work tomorrow. But I know that my time frame and his time frame may not be the same. All I can say is that until I do get a job, I am a stay-at-home mother who has the pleasure of watching her children grow. I donít mean just physically, but spiritually as well. In the last four months, I have seen my 13-year old son turn into a remarkable young man. He has asked God to be his Savior and I know that he is looking up to him to guide him through this next stage in his life. As for me, I know that God will also guide me into the next stage of mine.
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