Choose your Career Choices More Wisely – Blog #2

Choose your Career Choices More Wisely – Blog #2

Choose your Career Choices more wisely

In this Blog I will explain why it’s important to choose your career choices more Wisely. It’s always best to do a little research ahead of time.


2 months later:


I was getting burnt out from being over worked (in Blog #1). Also, my parents had just gotten divorced. My middle teenage brother was running all over my mom, and I felt I needed to take the place of my dad who had just moved out of the house. Even though my dad wasn’t around much, he always instilled a hard work and “do the right thing” ethic in me. 


So, I decided to be policeman…made sense. I can protect with honor, work hard, do the right thing, and get paid. What a great new career!  Our family had a long history in Fresno starting out as the first Armenian family in 1878 starting with Krikor Yanikian to arrive in town.  We also had relatives that were well known business people and even a famous boxer, Onig Normart. What a great way to give back to our community. So, I started taking the tests. 


The first test was to pass the Agility circuit. This involved running a 50 yard dash, going on a balance beam, Carrying a 150 lb. dummy and other tests to see how fit I was. Out of 50 applicants, I came in 2nd place. The next test was the written exams. For some reason even though I did well, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about this.


Other options


I turned to my mom, who was now looking for a job at a nearby children’s shoe store after the divorce and asked her for her advice. She told me of this other shoe store that was hiring. She had actually applied to be a salesperson there, but they told her she was too old. That would not have flied in todays world.


But, I figured it would be safe enough to apply. My dad made a career out of retail.  So, I applied at Koby’s shoe store in Fresno. By the way, times have changed. Kobys was later bought out by Payless, which was bought out by Wolverine World Wide.


Choose your Career Choices More Wisely 


So, this is why it’s important is to choose your career choices wisely. Do your research first. I had this feeling about one of the choices I couldn’t explain and gravitated towards something my dad did for a career.


I liked the idea of being a police officer. Giving back to the community was a big plus for me. I didn’t do the research on what it was all about though, more of the allure was the idea not the actual work itself.


There’s a lot of power in being quiet enough to listen. Listen to your gut, and also listen to others. You may hear something that will help you along the way.


…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career. 

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Jennifer Hoeksema
5 Sep 2019

Love it!

8 Sep 2019

Your Armenian?!

Mike Normart
8 Sep 2019

Yep! Did a 21 and me also and it confirms 25% Armenian, 25% Swedish,25% German and then the rest a mixture of Italian & Russian


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