If you’ve been reading my blog over the past months, you’ll know I’ve written a few posts about Sung’s goal of becoming a firefighter. Here is the story of how he decided to begin this career, and here is an update about the rigorous academy he’s been in.

So it’s with immense joy that I can announce he is officially a certified firefighter!

But I’m ashamed to admit, the joy is not totally pure. The celebration of success gives way to anxiety about next steps. I wish I could just sit back and enjoy the moment…

On Friday, Sung graduated in the top 10 of his program. He was also awarded a scholarship: the instructors selected him as the “most inspiring and respected cadet.” So it was a very special day.

there’s a Proverb my dad always quotes: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” This weekend did feel like a flourishing tree. The envelope heavy with 15 certifications was the culmination of over a year of dreaming and hard work. In the past months, I saw Sung transform from unsure of himself to a caring, confident leader.

Well, the Academy is done. Now the next hurdle: getting a job.

I’m sort of on a less-intense parallel journey. After tomorrow, I’ll have my certificate in early childhood education, and I can finally apply for a job as a preschool teacher!

I spent all day today writing my resume.

First of all, it took me a ridiculous amount of time to figure out how to align the text how I wanted. Then I spent ages tweaking each word.

After a while, I felt discouraged. I don’t have any relevant work history. During high school I helped out at a youth tennis camp, and I babysat for a few families. So I have some experience with kids…a decade ago.

More recently I was a cashier at a supermarket, and then a bicycle mechanic. I sold shoes for half a year. I edited a book. I worked at a handful of restaurants: hostess, server, bartender. Plus other random jobs here and there. None of which say: hey, hire me to teach preschool!

Sung cooked for restaurants since he was a teenager, up until he decided to enter the fire service. So we are both starting from scratch in our new careers. Now my one dream is that we will both get jobs soon. All we want is to put our education to use.

Yikes, this post started out so happy and positive and then devolved into desperation!

But that’s how it goes when my brain won’t let me live me in the moment. I’m already busy worrying about the next steps when I should be celebratory.

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    1. Thank you Beth, I appreciate you so much. Truly. And I’m realizing I have to be able to find peace even as I’m evolving!! Because there is always going to be a “next step” β€” and that’s the beauty of life 🧑

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  1. Congratulations on the completion of yours and Sung’s education. Wish you not only find a job, but also find a good job with good colleagues, reasonable boss, and nice working environment. Sometimes one has to jump several jobs between one can settle down to a job one really feels at home with. You can do it and will grow and thrive in the environment you enjoy.

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    1. Thank you Haoyan, first of all I’m sorry to respond to your kind comment so late!πŸ˜…
      Thank you for the reminder that the first teaching job I get may not be the perfect fit and that’s okay. because like you said, sometimes it takes a few jobs to find a good one. My ECE teacher mentioned that the preschools in our area are either really excellent or a total nightmare to work at. From looking at their websites, they all look similar. So applying feels like a bit of a gamble haha!

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      1. I’m happy that the Baby Boomer idea of “job loyalty” is starting to fade away. In this modern era I agree it’s wise to switch jobs until we find what’s good for us.


  2. Ya just never know Lizi. You have qualities in your diverse job history. Coaching Tennis, babysitting, repairing bikes,selling shoes, working in a restaurant..any of those deal with understanding and helping children ? Honestly these days with covid teaching jobs seem to be aplenty. I wish you and your husband luck in your future endeavors. I ❀ that you both persued noble professions.

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    1. Hi Matt first of all, apologies for responding so late to your nice comment!
      And thank you, it’s refreshing to think about the positive side of having an eclectic resume. Even if I have limited experience working with children, at least I do have some LIFE experience. Maybe an employer would appreciate that. And like you said, isn’t there a labor shortage of teachers too? Here I am!! πŸ™‹

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  3. Congratulations to both of you! Since you’re beginning afresh in your new careers, I send you both prayers and best wishes πŸ˜ŠπŸ™
    All the very best! New beginnings are always as exciting as they are confusing. Here’s hoping your excitement makes up for every negative emotion there could be.
    Good luck once again! πŸ˜€

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    1. SamSahana thank you for your prayers and wishes they are so so so appreciated πŸ₯°
      Yes, new beginnings are such a mixture of excitement and confusion! That’s exactly how I feel, but I’m just trying to stay in the moment and not be too stressed about all the unknowns…

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  4. Congrats to both of you on finishing education for new roles. I feel that you guys have big hearts to pursue firefighting and teaching. As for your varied job history, I think you would have great stories to tell preschoolers. A bit on repairing bikes, a bit on what happens behind the scenes at restaurants. I think kids would be interested! Best wishes to you and your husband for finding jobs.

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    1. Thank you Dave!! You have given me a great reminder to be “glass half full” and think about how I can still be a good teacher for the kids even if my past work experience isn’t directly related.
      My husband and I are both looking forward to giving back to the community, since we have been blessed so much πŸ™‚

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  5. Starting a new career can be both exciting and scary. I hope you both find good jobs soon. Supposedly, there are a lot of unfilled job openings out there, these days, so maybe this is good timing.

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    1. thank you Tippy Gnu πŸ™‚
      Yes, I always see news headlines and such talking about a shortage of employment. So perhaps it is good timing! I should be grateful we’re not entering the job market in grim times like 2008 …

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  6. congrats to both of you – you are both going into fields where the focus is on helping others. My wife is a preschool teacher and loves it. She got her certification about 20 years ago, and has been happily teaching since then.

    And I’ve always thought of being a firefighter, but at this point, that is not likely to happen…

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  7. “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” Tom Peters. One of my favorite quotes when I am feeling “slippery” about acknowledging and celebrating the good. Congrats to both of you! <3

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  8. yippee, congrats to both of you!

    Success does bring confidence and so nice that Sung has been duly recognised and praised. A resume is always a tough one, add in that experience with children and I’m sure you’ve dealt with kids in your sales jobs … crank that up a bit.

    Best way to get a job is to volunteer at a local pre-school … once they see your true worth even if they have no places they will give you good references :)

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    1. Thank you Kate, I appreciate your kind words!! I took your advice to mention how I’ve interacted with kids even in my non-kid-related jobs. I think it really gave a boost to my job applications, so thank you for that!
      Thank you also for the wise suggestion to volunteer. I have actually been volunteering for the past year, but it’s a reading program for older students. Not as applicable to the age group I’m qualified to work with. Now I’m kind of wishing I’d spent that time at a preschool instead…oh well hindsight is 20-20!

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  9. Congratulations to both of you!! It is exciting to take that next step (even if it is a little scary). Don’t be too worried about past experience – many employers are looking at other criteria such as dedication, enthusiasm, good teamwork skills and being a well rounded individual! I hope you both find your perfect jobs – and soon too!!

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  10. Congrats to you both on your achievements! Enjoy and relish this immense accomplishment.

    Job searching is certainly a daunting tasks and as you noted, preparing resumes can be anxiety inducing. But you’ve got it. Good luck! πŸ™πŸ‘

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  11. Oh my goodness LiziRose, how awesome! Congratulations to you and Sung on your amazing accomplishments! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ Girl, soak all of this goodness in. You worked hard, so enjoy the moment. Step away from the resume for a little bit, then you will be able to go back to it with a clearer mind and a finetuned focus! Stay encouraged and don’t give up. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’

    BTW, I love the quote from your father: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Stay focused my dear. πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜Š

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement!! I feel excited, overwhelmed and nervous all at the same time. I think once I get hired somewhere I will feel more celebratory! Until then, trying to stay focused like you said 😎

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      1. Oh my friend, you can do this. Don’t stress the process. You are excited and anxious to get started. I truly understand that. Just hang in there and don’t by any means get discouraged. Your time is on the horizon! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ€—πŸ’πŸŒŸπŸŒ…

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  12. Congratulations to you both! Isn’t it terrible that good news is almost immediately followed by a new dread? I feel you on that! As to your resume, focus on the skills you honed and how they will apply to toddlers. I am sure you learned lots of people skills as both a cashier and restaurant worker. A bicycle mechanic means you are great a problem solving. Editing a book means you know how to stay focused. The most important trait is a love for humanity and a desire to contribute to the goodness of world and that is so abundant in you and your support and enthusiasm for your husband. You are going to get a great job and everyone is going to love you.

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    1. Only you would use your editing magic to piece my random work history into something coherent! πŸ˜† No but honestly, this is what I needed. Because I know there are skills to every job that can be applied universally, but it’s hard to see them sometimes. Until someone else points it out.
      Ahhh I feel a warm glow of confidence from reading your wise and thoughtful words. Thank you x10000 πŸ™‚

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  13. Hi. First of all, I congratulate you on your husband’s graduation. Also hope you get the certificate you want soon.

    I am touched by what both of you have been through. Hope you both get a decent job soon. 😊

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  14. I actually think that having a diverse background helps more in this day and age. I totally relate with youβ€”I was an insurance salesman, roadie, auditor, hairdresser, waiter, among many othersβ€”but instead of it being a hindrance to getting jobs, I think it’s actually become a point of interest for my employers.

    Congrats to Sung, and what an inspiring path he’s taken. And wishing you all the best for your job hunt too. Looking forward to the good updates!

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