My road in life has been direct.
I was a member of a religious order and trained as a teacher.
I left after several years and questioned what I wanted to do next.
I went to FSU and finished my degree in English / Psychology and returned to the classroom in Miami.
Returned to Tallahassee for my husband to go to law school. There were no teaching jobs.
Started a $2 an hour OPS job at the Department of Revenue that morphed into a 35 year career.


Revenue Program Manager (Retired)

I managed a number of programs, i.e., training, communication, etc.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I always walked around and greeted staff to see how they were doing both personally and as a member of the work team. I would review the calendar for the day to make sure of any meeting, teleconferences, etc., that I would be attending. I would check out the status of assignments, progress, and any issues. Determine if I needed to consult or meet on any problem. I would review any completed draft assignments, develop / update project plans, and work with team members.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

To be frank, state government jobs are relatively secure, but significantly underpaid. Most of the people I know are in it because they either see value in the public sector or have some other reason for living in a place (Tallahassee) where state government is the largest employer. For myself, it was a combination of the two. I don't know that today's college graduate would aspire to join the bureaucracy.

Recommended Education

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


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should spend more time with your extended family. You always act as though work won't "work" without you. Use your leave!!!"

Challenges I Overcame