Diana Lumos

Diana Lumos

Jack of all trades.


Kynsi Construction, and Clatskanie School District.

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I had to start working when I was young due to family circumstances.
I had a strong work ethic instilled from my parents and have always done my best.
I am greedy and always want more money and more experience.
I am a people person and both my work reputation and my networking skills have brought opportunities.
I have been willing to do and/or try anything that pays and gives me new experiences.
I thought I wanted to be an accountant and sort of focused some education on that.
I started driving school buses which boosted my confidence and gave me my commercial drivers license.
My brother got me a job driving trucks which has led to many, many more adventures and experiences.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Career

Career

Jack of all trades.

As many things as I can.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Engineering
Engineering
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My days are never typical. I could be doing any number of things, and be in any number of places. I do everything from cleaning toilets to payroll to driving a Marooka. Which by the way most of you have no clue what a Marooka even is. I may be digging ditches by hand, I may be seeding an area, I may sitting at a desk answering phones, I could be doing payroll, I may even be hundreds of miles from home supervising a crew or working with a construction crew driving dump trucks and running equipment.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

First get your commercial driver's license, being a bus driver is an easy way to do this and have it paid for. Bus Drivers are always needed so it is easy to get a job and they pay for all your training and licensing. Add any other Certifications you can such as Traffic Control Flagger, forklift certification, etc. Some people would recommend joining a union, I have never done this and haven't regretted it. Run any equipment you can from a chainsaw to a locomotive if given the opportunity.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Get to know people in the industry. Be willing to do anything and be willing to start at the bottom, both in pay and jobs. Never pass up a chance to learn or do something new. Acquire as many skills, even if they don't specifically apply, as you can. Be confidant, even if you don't feel that way. Always do your best and go the extra mile, people are impressed and will give you a shot even if you don't have the exact experience they are looking for. Don't be afraid to ask if you can do something.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Certification/License
Acquire any certifications you can.
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should get married and have children. You will never make it to college so the best you can hope for is being a housewife and maybe work a low paying blue collar job. I would be lucky to get to waitress, clean, or maybe do retail or basic clerical. I have done all of those by the way on my way to where I am now."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Being a Woman