I, Katelyn, started work–the first hourly job I have had in almost three years–on Friday, June 15, at the:
The Adidas Group is made up of both Reebok and Adidas brand merchandise. In the factory where I will be working they screen print all of the Adidas and Reebok brand apparel (minus shoes and hats). So anytime you see an Adidas or Reebok T-shirt, you can be assured they were printed right here in the U. S. of A. (though the shirts were made in China). They are the largest screen printing manufacturers in North America! They employ about 1500 employees here in Indianapolis, and are still hiring! Yes for jobs in America!
My job will be to embroider designs on the apparel merchandise using these big computerized sewing machines, as well as other miscellaneous jobs in that department.
Friday was my orientation where I learned about the company and benefits and safety and everything I will need to know about working for the company, though not anything really about my specific work functions. I also received a name badge, a parking permit, a free lunch, SLD (Sports Licensing Division) bracelets, and a Reebok water bottle.
Monday I start training in my department, working second-shift, Monday – Friday. There will also be lots of overtime in the next few weeks.
But, I bet many of you are wondering why I am getting a job? Why now? Why doing embroidery?
First let me establish the fact that I am not going “back to work” because I hate being a stay-at-home mom, or because I am bored or I need adult interaction or anything like that. I have lately been feeling very productive with my time at home and happy with my life in general, and happy with my children and my husband. It’s not that.
The primary reason is a financial one. We still haven’t received a settlement from Josh’s car accident last November and don’t know when we will officially settle. It could still be a few more months. We have managed to stay on top of all our debts and bills up to this point, but have now run out of resources and need to start garnering more income until the settlement is reached in order to pay all our bills every month. We also know that our income for the next school year will be less since Josh will only be working part-time at the University (though get paid very well for that time!) while taking graduate-level math courses, so we are trying to plan out the fall money situation.
Both Josh and I have been applying for various jobs this summer. This job is actually the third one I have applied for and been offered (guess that bachelor’s degree says something!). The advantage of this one is the relatively good pay (complete with overtime as well as an incentive program), is closer than the other jobs have been, and offers second shift, which is (and isn’t great) for our current and upcoming situations.
A good thing about my job, compared to some of the others I have applied to, is that at least it’s somewhat creative and artistic: I am creating something that was mapped out by artists and designers. I really do think this can/will be a great job. Second shift also means that I can spend all morning and part of the afternoon with my girls while Josh can go and study for classes undisturbed (he’s a morning person and really likes to work then).
But, I don’t know how long I may be working with this company because of four things:
1.) We only have one car.
2.) Josh starts grad school in a week, going to classes MWTh.
3.) We will need to be in two places at the same time on those days.
4.) We will need someone to watch our kids during that segment of time.
And we only have a week to figure out if we can come up with a solution to those problems, otherwise this might be a short stint working for this company…
In this whole process I have often wondered how do people do this? How do both parents work when they have young kids at home? How do they actually make money, or make enough money to make it worth their time, when they have to pay for daycare/babysitting, as well as pay for the additional gasoline consumption used to transport you to and from work? While we would only need someone to watch our kids about 18-20 hours a week for the next 6-7 weeks, and part of that would be after they are in bed, it still takes away from how much I am actually netting from my job, and is a real factor for us.