By: Shea Harris
For the past 2.5 years I have been a contractor at two separate companies. At the first establishment, I didn’t have any benefits. I was on my parents medical insurance, I didn’t get paid time off, nor was I paid for Holidays. The second establishment, I had amazing benefits: medical insurance, dental insurance, paid time off and I was paid for Holidays! The only downfall was that insurance was too dag on expensive. I hated they took out so much money every two weeks for insurance.
It’s been 1 year and 3 months since I moved to Miami and I finally have a full time job with a salary and amazing benefits! Don’t get me wrong, as a contractor each company treated me like I was a full time employee but it’s something about finally getting the words STAFF on your ID badge. It might be a bit petty, but Lord knows I was tired of seeing CONTRACTOR on my badge every time I reached for it. To add on to the excitement, HR called me the first week of 2017 to let me know I would be converted to a full time staff member (talk about an amazing start to 2017)!
As I accepted the offer I was a bit intimidated with what was coming: I would only be getting paid once a month. Yes, you read that correctly. ONCE. A. MONTH. Ever since I moved to Miami, my coworkers let me know that’s what would occur when I was converted, but my goodness! Preparing for what was to come is completely different than living in it. I’m hopeful that getting paid once a month will help me learn how to budget though. I’ve been trying to budget since 2014, but I’ve failed at it miserably. As I’m typing this post I’m too anxious for March 31st to come so my direct deposit will hit. It is a bit sad though that I’m ready to swipe my card for some retail therapy.
Besides my payment schedule changing, the price of my insurance (medical, dental and vision) has decreased tremendously! When I looked at the total of my insurance and realized all that I would receive, I thought it was a joke. Having bomb benefits just gives me a different outlook on how blessed I am to have this position. I’ve taken on a bit more responsibility, which sounds like a con but its not. All the new things I’m doing will be placed on my resume. I’m meeting more people, building relationships and gaining more knowledge. I hope to continue expanding my knowledge in Clinical Research and continue climbing the ladder of success.
By: Shea Harris
In a little over a month I’ll be twentyfine. It’s been two years since I walked across the stage and I’m still as shocked as some family members. I swear time has flown by, it feels like I was just putting on my cheerleading uniform to cheer for a Friday night football game. The past few weeks I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting on my life and can’t help but to think that I might be in a little over my head. I feel like I jumped into the young professional life too quick. Just thinking of all the places I could have gone, things I could be doing and experiencing, I’m just a bit disappointed in being an employee at the moment.
I was in such a rush to become an adult, I’m struggling at an all time high to continue being one. Go to college they said. Get a job they said. Be an adult they said. They lied bruh. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful for my education (and the thousands of dollars of debt I’m in) but I should’ve re-thought this whole adulting thing. I’ve literally been working since I was 16 years old and I clare that’s all I know. In order for me to walk across the stage on graduation day, I had to use a floating holiday. I didn’t go on a “graduation vacation”, or whatever you call it, I went to work the entire week after graduating. I didn’t go on vacation until the 4th of July.
I honestly feel that I’m in this weird space and really tired of being an adult. I’ve been in my industry for a little over 2 years and it’s bit overwhelming. Maybe it’s because I’m a millennial, the fact I’m lazy or simply because I want to live my life! At times I feel a bit held back due to working a full time job and not making time to actually live my life to the fullest. My family and friends always say Shea you’re never home, but if I had more paid time off, I really would never be in Miami. There are so many places I want to travel to, so many people to visit and so many experiences to well…experience!
Now if you take a look at my resume, I’m doing pretty well for myself. Yeah I have a full time job in my industry, get a paycheck, live in Miami and blah blah blah, BUT I haven’t visited all the places I want to visit. Y’all remember that book Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss? Bruh, how can I go places and I’m sitting in this cubicle 40 hours a week? How can I go places and I have to pay to live? How can I…okay you get the point. Let’s just say I wish I would’ve taken my time to jump into this adulthood. If you’re still in college or applying for jobs, I suggest to take your time. Travel to different places, enjoy your vacation, take advantage of living with your parents, take advantage of being in college. Once you walk across that stage and decide to jump into the real world, it’s no turning back.
Do any of y’all share the same sentiments as me or nah? Let me know below. 🙂