I started developing respiratory pollen irritations almost immediately after starting the real job
After 10 years of only working in food service, I decided that I desperately needed a change of pace. I was sick of the stressful work environments, the deathly hot rooms, and the angry members of the public. After I got to $15 an hour, I stopped receiving raises altogether. When our staff was cut back by 30% and we were forced to work longer hours without overtime pay, I decided to leave. I didn’t feel valued by this organization after this kind of treatment. But with limited experience in other job industries, I wasn’t sure what I would do to pay my bills every week. My parents recommended I take a look at vocational programs that are offered at a reduced rate through the community center. It’s kind of a job mixed with a one-month internship program. You get to look at the different vocations by visiting their booths, then you sign up for your program of choice before leaving. The next month is spent doing an on-the-job training seminar. I wanted to learn to be an exterminator. I had heard good things about paying for the extermination work, so I figured it would be a good fit. I don’t have any issues with wasps or yellow jackets like my sibling does, so I figured there wouldn’t be any medical obstacles between me and this job. Unluckily, I was mistaken about that. I started developing respiratory pollen irritations almost immediately after starting the real job. We finished the training program and it was my first month of being an exterminator. Unluckily, the chemicals we were using were making my lungs seize up and all of the dust and fungal spores we have to crawl through in basements and attics. I know being an exterminator is not my fate after all.