I went from being a taxi driver to a career in the Army to a Facilities Project Manager with the IRS.
After being married, divorced and not having any kind of future as a taxi cab driver I decided at the age of 32 to join the Army. After three years I reclassified as a Power Station Electrician in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prime Power Production Program. My job was to deploy, install, operate and maintain 3 Megawatt power generating stations with associated switch gear and distribution equipment. I provided base power in Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Guantanamo Bay, Bosnia and Kyrgyzstan. I provided disaster relief emergency power after 8 hurricanes. I also earned a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.
After I retired in 2005 we returned to our families in Michigan. I was hired by IRS Real Estate and Facilities Management as a Support Services Specialist. I believe that it was the experience and education that I gained in the Army that helped me get the job. I often think back at those experiences and remember the simple things like understanding the roles of managers (officers) and subordinates (enlisted) or property accountability or understanding the need to protect sensitive property.
I often say that if someone had told me when I was driving a taxi that I would be working for the IRS in 20 years I would have told them that they were crazy. It's Funny how God works things out.