After I graduated from Flagler College in April 2010, and spent my summer as a nanny, I started working for State Government at the Department of Corrections on October 1, 2010 as an OPS (Other Personnel Services) employee. Basically, you get paid hourly (not on salary), have no benefits, and no paid holidays. I started here thinking it was temporary job, and I would quickly find something different. Well, that didn’t happen, and so I just stayed. Then in July 2013, I got promoted to a new job in a new bureau, and I became a “career service” employee with benefits, insurance and a salary. And paid holidays!
So this summer will “officially” be 5 years of service with the State. I’ve gotten 2 more promotions since then, and get to work with some good people. Today I was a part of those honored for 5 years of service, at our annual agency awards program. (Others got recognition for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 & 35 years of service!!!) I got this fancy schmancy pin, and we all got free Chick-fil-A for lunch.
Oh, and I decided I wanted to have a picture of my baby girl in each of these daily journals, even if the photo of her has nothing to do with what I’m writing that day.