I didn’t intend to do yet another Throwback Thursday post, but it just so happens my topic for the day involves a bit of a throwback…
Once upon a time…about 6 years ago, I came home from Iraq and wanted to save the world. I decided I wanted to go into Law Enforcement. So I started going to school for law enforcement and got a really awesome job at the State Patrol as a student worker. I was supposed to rotate around different areas for a year or two, likely become a Community Service Officer, and have a pretty straight path to become a trooper. Now that I hire police officers and see how crazy competitive that field is, I look back and realize I had a very sweet deal at the State Patrol. The first 6 months or so were spent working in Dispatch, taking 911 calls on the highways and interstates in the metro area. I answered the call, logged the details, and then a real dispatcher coordinated with the police officers in the area. I loved it. Some calls were sad and tough but others were very rewarding. I absolutely loved it and was really bummed when I had to rotate to the next station.
I don’t even remember what that station was because I was only there about a week before I switched my major to Human Resources (making me ineligible for the position) and took a full-time job with the National Guard. You see, the more I fell in love with working at dispatch the more I started to realize I don’t really have the personality to be a police officer or state trooper. I like to make a difference, but from the safe confines of a desk and telephone. A friend was dangling this Army job in front of me with great pay, benefits, and a career path, so I took it.
But I’ve never forgotten that short stint with the State Patrol and have had an interest in law enforcement ever since; I do ride alongs every now and then and am currently in the Citizen’s Academy at the city I work in. It’s a twelve-week course where we get an inside look at all sorts of aspects of public safety. Tonight’s meeting was at the county dispatch office. I just knew I’d fall in love with the job all over again. And I did.
Ugh. Sometimes I worry that I won’t ever have a solid career because I’m so extremely interested in a bunch of completely unrelated things. I really like working in HR and I’m currently on a stable career path. But I’m also really passionate about recruiting, particularly assisting veterans with resumes and job applications. I really seriously want to make something of that someday. But I’ve never forgotten my short time at the dispatch center and that desire has stayed strong for over 5 years. And I want to do all sorts of volunteer things and read all sorts of books….and there just isn’t enough time!
I apologize for the randomness of this post, but now you see how my crazy mind works. Plus I’ve got a cold so I’m a little out of it. But as random as this is, it’s actually really honest. There are so many random, different things I want to do, that I’m passionate and excited about! This is how I view life, the world is like my playground and I get to run around and try all these different things.
Yet I need to find some balance and make sure that I at least have a career to pay the bills before I just quit my job for some “fun” stuff. Anyways, I go on the occasional ride along to get my law enforcement fix, and tonight I found out that you can schedule a “sit along” at dispatch and sit with a headset on and listen to them take 911 calls for a few hours. I’ll definitely be signing up for that. That should help me get my fix….for now.