Job Market Lessons From Mom

CorneliusWhen thinking about Mother’s Day, most of us reflect on the things our mothers have done for us over the years and the sacrifices they’ve made to help us become who we are today. But how does that relate to employment?

Growing up, most of my “training” came from working beside my mother, and I’m guessing that many of you can relate. My mother instilled in me the importance of working to earn by giving me allowance for doing what she expected me to do. She is the reason I have such a strong work ethic today. She was the first person to hire me, the first person to pay me and even the first person to fire me.

My first job opportunity was working for my mother as a dishwasher. She started me out as an assistant where she taught me how to wash the dishes and put them away. After a couple of weeks she gave me the responsibility to do all the dishes myself, except for her favorite glass. Months into my dishwashing duties, I wasn’t being as careful as I should have been and broke one of my mother’s plates. She wasn’t upset because the plate was just one of many, but she did dock my weekly pay.

One day I decided I would show my mom just how responsible I was, and I washed everything, including her favorite glass. Well, I accidentally broke that glass. When she got home, she went bonkers and fired me from my dishwashing duties. She then replaced those with (many) harder duties for the same pay!

I learned many lessons from that experience (and hundreds of other experiences) that my mother and I shared. She taught me how important it is to follow directions, earn what you’re worth and act ethically. I’m happy to have those tools to carry with me. One day I’ll pass these lessons down to my children.

So, this Mother’s Day I would like to say “Thank You!” to my wonderful Mom for all the lessons she taught me, and I’d like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.

1 Response to “Job Market Lessons From Mom”


  1. 1 David May 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

    That is great that you Mother taught you personal responsibility. We all get a little “shock to the system” when becoming personally independent so although we might not like learning it, at some time in the future we are thankful. Good post!


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