I love how candid the interviewee is here. It's always eye-opening to get a behind-the-scenes look at careers. It also really helps me fight the "Look at that person, they've got everything figured out, what am I doing?" feeling.
@OllyOlly Yes! How you work can be so much more important in the day to day than the subject or mission.
@Punk-assBookJockey The customer service aspect is so present in a lot of careers that it's really a shame there isn't more focus on it at universities. People hear "customer service" and automatically think "call center," when really, customer service can be hugely important in even very high level positions.
I have feeeelings about this. I’ve worked in childcare and yes, the pay was terrible and there were zero benefits. The tough thing (at least where I worked), is that the parents were also fast food workers, or grocery store clerks, or vet techs who were already just barely able to pay for childcare. And the owners of the facility (again, in my experience) did not appear to be profiting wildly either. The mandated ratio of caregiver to infants is something like 1:4 (of course it goes up as the age of the child goes up), so it barely works out for a facility to keep the lights on, pay liability insurance, and pay workers. It seems like the only possible solution is public childcare similar to public schools.
@Derbel McDillet ETA (if I hadn't missed the editing window) I'm talking about stores being open on holidays only, not the last-minute scheduling or mandatory termination bullshit, which is obviously 100% crap.
Those 24-hour daycares have to be staffed by folks missing their Thanksgivings, too! I’m kind of torn about this. I mean, there are many, many groups that have worked holidays for years, including healthcare workers, home care aides, gas station attendants, food service workers, emergency service workers, etc., and I know a lot of people who would rather work and get paid than have the unpaid holiday (which is a whole other issue). I guess I don’t have anything really helpful to add to the discussion, just that it’s a complex, sucky issue!
@Jake Reinhardt Yeah, I was put off, too. The traditional Thanksgiving isn't even an option for a good many folks.
@Liz the Lemur 100% agree
This Thanksgiving, we're hosting my mother in law, niece, and the niece's awful boyfriend. I would much rather go to a restaurant, but everyone is pretty depressed since this is only the second Thanksgiving without my brother in law (niece's dad, Mr. McDillet's brother, mother in law's son) so my mother in law didn't want to host and Mr. McDillet didn't want to go to a restaurant. After the early dinner, we're going to a more party-style dinner hosted by a bunch of our friends who don't have kids/giant extended family dinners.
I don’t know. My favorite Thanksgiving ever was the one we spent at Skylands in Shenandoah National Park. They had a giant buffet, then we went on a beautiful hike. I was maybe 12 at the time. This is the one Thanksgiving we spent away from home. It’s worth noting that we never had the classic, big extended family Thanksgiving, though, since none of our family was nearby, so it was always just the four of us. ETA: Not cheating!