Man. Have I been one busy girl!
I started work on April 18th, and I have been so busy! I am the second (kind of third) Graphic Artist at my grandfather's company.
He founded it about 27-28 years ago, after he and my grandmother moved to Canada from England. It started off with my grandparents and my father and uncle. The four people making Corrugated boxes has now turned into a general labour staff of over 200 (day and night shifts + supervisors + truck drivers + maintenance), and a office staff (including 2 computer techs, 5 order desk operators, 2 order desk supervisors, 15 sales representatives, 2 receptionists, 2 pricing/quote guys, 1 expeditor, 2 Certified General Accountants, 2-3 graphic artists/designers (one deals specifically with Autocad), 2 packaging designers for the more advanced corrugated displays, 1 president, 1 vice-president, and 2 CEOs)
We really are "one, big, happy family" business. Every year we have a company Christmas party, complete with buffet-style dinner and, my fav. DANCING! Almost everyone in the company knows everyone else, I have 3 great uncles, 3-4 uncles, 3-4 aunts, 1 great aunt, 3 cousins, 2 second-cousins, my 2 older brothers, my father, my grandfather, and sometimes my grandmother comes in. And all of my friends are considered family.
I've been working there ever since I was 12 for the summers. I've been a receptionist, accountant (for a little bit), order desk, in general labour, and now I'm in the graphic design part. My dad wants me to either: take place of our oldest CGA (he's about in his early-mid 70s, but barely looks 45), or our newest, but oldest, Graphic Artist, and she's about 60. But most importantly, my dad wants me to be happy with my desision.
Next year, (Sept. 2005) I will be starting my three year course in Graphic Design at college. My parents (I think father more so than mother, but if you've read some of my past entries, you know I don't get along with her too well anymore) are proud that I'm doing this. Because my grandparents needed my dad to work for them, he didn't get to finish highschool, even though he REALLY wanted to. He was a great student. My mom just didn't finish highschool, my oldest brother has been working for the company since the 11th grade, when he dropped out (so, for about 8 years), my other older brother finished highschool, but only took night courses for college for sales, which he didn't even stick to. I'm the only one (so far) in my family to have a college degree in SOMETHING! I mean, that's something to be proud of. My little brother isn't in highschool yet, and if he keeps his "lack-of-homework-finishing" up, he probably won't see the end of highschool. He wants to go to the IAAD (International Acadamy of Art and Design) in Toronto, Ontario to become either a game programmer/designer or an animation "dude" as he likes to refer to it as.
Well, if you've made it through my journal this far, congratulations. I can't remember how many times I've told the story of the family business, and I can't imagine how many people will actually read the whole thing.
Good night, and Happy Gaming!