A message from an overworked employee: Tell kids to stay in school

A young woman studying with a laptop to her right.
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This week, I went to pick-up my car from an auto body repair shop after a minor accident. I remarked to the woman, who was my representative throughout the entire process, that she always seemed to be there and inquired what her hours were. She said she worked 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and worked-through lunch by eating at her desk. “Wow,” I commented, “Just four days a week, right?” “No,” she explained, “I work Monday through Friday those hours, then 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and then, depending on how busy I am, I come in some Sundays.”

After this, she paused, then said, “You work at the college, right?” I told her yes. She said, “Please do me a favor and tell those kids to stay in school; it’ll be worth it. It’s tough to get a job without an education. I’m one of the lucky ones in that I make good money, but I work a lot. It’s a tough job too. I deal with angry customers and get yelled at a lot. I actually have a song I made up and sing to my grand kids. In it, I tell them to study hard, graduate high school, graduate college, then get married and have kids. They are too smart to not go to school. I want them to have a good life.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Take her advice and stay in school. If you need further evidence it’ll pay off, check out this article, Education Pays, by Huffington Post.

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