Going back to work after several years of being out of the workforce can be overwhelming, to say the least. I was an at home mom and had to go back to work to help support our family and pay bills. When I landed a job at UPS, I was extremely excited to be hired by such a large company. I was nervous right before the interview, worried about what questions I would have to answer. I made it through the interview with ease, but my stomach was in knots when I thought about the what ifs. What if I messed up? What if I didn't know how to do the job? What if I didn't fit in with the employees, who had been there for years? There were many of these thoughts and I was overwhelmed in the beginning. I started by showing to work half an hour early, trying to follow every rule and proper method in the manual. I would put forth much more effort into my position than the others around me. Soon, I found out, I made some of the employees unimpressed with my work ethics. They would talk about me being the new kiss ass; all because the harder I worked, meant the harder they had to work. My position soon became easier when the supervisors recognized my hard work and praised me every morning, making me feel good inside. There were different committees that had openings, so I decided to join in some of them. I became the head of the safety committee, the lead hazmat responder, and learned how to do other positions, in case the supers would need a stand in. There was a sense of empowerment with the added responsibilities. I started to feel like an asset to the company and the Hub I worked at. Each week, the main boss would announce two employees of the week; I was named almost every week! I would come home with t-shirts, hats, coats, mugs, keychains and other great items from the company. I made friends with some of the other employees; I would even train the new hires and seasonal help. When the newcomers had questions, they would come to me. I realized getting back to work was an excellent decision, and I had missed being a part of the work force. I did my job and I did it well. I got over the nervousness and the worry about being liked by the others, and became a model employee. I felt proud overall!
Unfortunately, in 2007, a couple of years after my start, I had to leave the workforce once again. My father became so ill; I spent three months in the hospital, taking care of him and being there for his needs. To this day, I have been a stay at home mom; I still take care of my father and I also look after my family of six. There are aspects of working that I miss dearly, but I enjoy my life as it is today. Being at home is a job in its own. To this day, my sister is still an amazing employee for UPS and she always tells me that my old bosses ask about me and still praise my work. That makes me feel like, if I went back out there, that I have nothing to fear. It is like riding a bike; you might be a little rusty, but you still remember the way to do it.