Called my dad and told him I was looking for a new job. He’s an atheist by the way.
Me: Happy father’s day dad.
Dad: Hey, to you too son.
General chit chat about life.
Me: So I put my resume in for one of the local breweries
Dad’s actually an avid homebrewer
Dad: Really? So you are thinking of moving on from church work?
Me: Well yeah, you know…
Dad: Why’s that?
Me: Well, umm…It’s a strange industry and if I’m going to start over I better do it soon.
I couldn’t bring myself to tell my dad that I stopped believing, which is strange. He’s an atheist, I think he would be very supportive. I’m not sure why I feel like it would be a disappointment for him, or maybe I just don’t want to let him know he was right. It’s complicated
Dad: Well you’re right about that. I’m glad that you are keep your career options open. So what were you hoping to do at the brewery?
Me: Originally I put in for sales, but they didn’t have a sales position open. However the owner got back to me and said there was a position open for a brewer.
Dad: Yeah but son, any entry level position in the brewery is just going to be a laborer. That’s often minimum wage work. You can’t live on that.
He really could be right about that. I’m still waiting to hear back from the owner so we could talk about salary.
Me: Yeah, but this guy is in the middle of expanding. They just opened a second location, they bottling more, and the growing pretty strong. I’m hoping to position myself to grow with them.
Dad: Listen, you’ve certainly got the personality for sales. I think that’s a smart move, but I’m not sure you want to be laborer for the next 5 years making $13/hr. That does nothing for your family son.
Dad is typically frustratingly right, but I feel stuck. I can’t seem to find any job that makes over $35k. I’m considering the two jobs option. But that gives me no motivation to leave the church in any hurry.