So this has been a crazy week.
The week started with crazy excitement – I landed an interview with an Antarctica employer! Ahh!
A few days later (Tuesday) I was stuck in a flash flood. Driving home just past Dead Man’s Curve on 51 a wave of water came crashing over the concrete wall to my right and completely submersed my car. When the water subsided my engine was flooded and my engine shut down. I had enough forward momentum that I was able to drive out of most of the water but the car that came behind me was not so lucky. I helped the two men inside get out of the chest-deep waters and we huddled together waiting for the police. Tow trucks refused to come out so my mother swooped me up.
As we were driving home a tornado literally passed over us. A few gov’t highway contractor types caught our attention through the window and told us to get out of the car and get into a ditch…. we decided just to speed up instead. Luckily, we were all safe the next morning but some of the neighborhood was not so lucky.
Late Wednesday I started feel really really bad so I had some friends drive my car home and drop me off. I was miserable. I don’t really get sick so I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I fed my kitties then crawled into bed.
So sick. Can’t move. Ugh. My phone was dead and the charger was in my car. My laptop was across the room. It took me hours to get from my bed to the couch (which was like maybe 6 feet away) to access a communication device. Finally I called (read: Facebook messaged) my mother to come pick me up from my apartment and drive me to a medical facility. Having a work-from-home nurse for a mother is SUPER handy some days. Turns out I have the flu – both Influenza A and B. Lucky me.
Guess I’m not going into work.
This morning my Tamiflu is kicking in and whereas I’m still miserable I can (kind of) function in waves. I’ll be spending in laying in bed at my mom’s house receiving pampering and babying while prepping for Monday’s interview.
I’m sure it’s a combination of the worst 72-hours I can remember having and the looming fear of having a shot at the goal I’ve been dreaming of for the past 18-months but I’m second-guessing myself and my chance at landing this job. In order to ease my mind I’m going to break down my qualifications (and study).
To start, advice from a buddy on the ice is:
tell them you don’t mind working outside,
That’s easy. I don’t. Granted the weather was a little different, but I worked outside for four years at Coney Island.
Um. Yes. Traveling is my favorite. It’s a huge part of why I want this job so much.
being in the cold,
Cold doesn’t bother me. I think I have an entire post on this somewhere on this page. Heck, I went winter camping at Red River Gorge just a few weeks ago and last year I went January camping at East Fork Lake State Park.
That’s part of any job. *Shrugs* Doesn’t bother me.
working in a team,
sleeping in a tent,
See comments above about winter camping… between LARP and burns and more I think I slept in a tent more than my own bed last year.
flying in planes and helos,
I’ve never been in a helicopter but it sounds exciting. I don’t think I’d mind it.
Like to learn new things,
That’s definitely me. It’s half the reason my job history varies so much!
seeing new places
And are okay with being away from home for a few months,
That’s easy. I lived in Ireland for 6 months without any friends or family. I honestly think Antarctica will be even easier because everyone around me is in the same boat.
and like meeting new people and getting along with them…. And just be honest, you probably won’t get along with everyone but you would try, you won’t know everything but willing to learn.
All pieces of cake.
Per that advice, personality-wise, I think I’ve got what they’re looking for. I’m not worried there. Now I just need to worry about the job experience part….
Maintains a safe workplace program and ensures safety is the highest priority in the work place.
Okay I can do that. That was part of my job at Coney Island – performing morning safety inspections on the rides I was going to operate. I also was a Range Safety Officer for a gun shop/range so safety is close to my heart. And as the Production Manager on the movie I’m working on we’ve already began joking that I’m the safety manager too as I keep yelling at other adults…
Performs rough framing and finish carpentry utilizing a variety of materials and tools.
Okay. My dad is an engineer/handy-man and he’s been making me help him around his projects since I was 9 years old. I’ve done rough framing and such plenty of times over the years with him. And over the past 2 years I’ve helped him “flip” three different houses so I do have experience here. I’ll be spending some of today watching “how-to” videos simply because I only know what my dad has taught me and what was applicable to our needs – Even though I have 2+ years experience I want to make sure I’ve been doing everything right.
Over 2.5 years of experience at Home Depot means I also was constantly around all of these tools, helping teach “how-to” classes to our patrons, and taking classes on how to work with the tools and basic home building things.
I also spent a year at DAAP in their architecture program where I was taught how to use many carpentry tools including various saws, routers, etc. I feel confident that with a little instruction I could operate any of these as needed.
Okay. Just hashing out all of that in my head/putting it to “paper” has helped my confidence a bunch. I forgot for a moment how much experience I actually do have – it’s more than most 25yr. old females that don’t have a career in that area.
Advises Supervisor on job progress and material requirements.
I’m a Production Manager for a movie. This is what I do daily
Assists Carpenters with various carpentry tasks.
Complies with all Environmental Safety and Health and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.
I can do that. A little research, a few clipboards and checklists, I can manage this.
Performs construction related tasks in and around undeveloped and remote areas as well as in adverse conditions.
So I need to be a little engineering sometimes? That’s easy enough. I was raised by an engineer/project manager who taught me to think like one too. And adverse conditions? Yeah, it won’t be ideal, but after we’re all back safe/warm/comfortable those adverse moments are what brings people together, becomes something to laugh about, and creates the best memories and stories to tell!
Maintains and updates inventory records and materials usage.
I can do that. That’s easy. I did that for Learning Express Toys when I worked there.
Coordinates materials and support from other departments.
This rings of my time with Pomeroy and Home Depot. With both I was constantly acting a liaison between various departments and groups. Heck, I do this at Sogeti too albeit not part of my official job tasks. I’m a people-person so when it comes to dealing with people I’m often sent to do the thing.
Performs tasks requiring repeated heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, digging, hauling, standing, walking, kneeling, stooping and squatting.
Um. My back will hate me for it but as long as I bring some NSAIDs I should be fine. I need to work out anyways!
Works outside on various job sites in extreme cold weather conditions as required.
Yes, please. See comments about adverse conditions above.
High School graduate or GED is required
Done. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree (double-major) in International Business and Marketing. I also have 1/3 rd of an MBA and part of an associate’s in Software Engineering Technology. I took a years’ worth of classes in architecture at DAAP and a semester of courses in sign language interpretation. I like to constantly learn and my interests change a lot.
Minimum 3 years’ experience required in carpentry.
I have 2 years’ experience freelancing with my father, 1 year at DAAP working on carpentry projects, 2.5 years at Home Depot working in all departments, and a lifetime of following my dad around home construction sites – I feel like somehow that should all add up to at least three years
Experience including rough framing, finish carpentry and other phases of carpentry is preferred.
Experience accomplishing metal stud framing and drywall hanging and finishing is preferred.
Over the years I have touched each of these things. However, like I said above, my main mentor here has been my father so I will be studying up on these topics before Monday just to make sure everything he’s taught me has been the best.
Side note: I’ve now watched a few videos and so far so good!!!
Experience working in remote locations or extreme environments (temperature, elevation, known hazards) is preferred.
I don’t have experience in these environments. Okay, you got me there. But this is “preferred” not required and I can adapt quickly.
Ability to read design drawings is preferred.
Well, I did spend that year in architecture school! I’m sure I could pick this up again quickly.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.
This is my life. I self-taught myself the full Microsoft Suite when I was in 4th grade. My skills with it are why I get paid so well at my 9-5 Marketing job.
May be required to work outside on various jobsites in extreme cold weather conditions.
Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum.
Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.
Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.
Must successfully complete the physical, dental and psychological (if applicable) examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica.
Yes please. Done. Can do.
Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts and safety objectives.
I would do this even if it wasn’t required.
US Citizenship or Permanent US Resident status required.
Hey! That’s me!
Breaking all of that down has really helped me with my confidence going into this interview.
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