Can You Remember When You Lost Your First Job?

It’s heartbreaking to recall the day that I lost my job at the bank. I was working in a Rural Bank, a small community banking institution that catered to the financial needs of small sugarcane planters and businessmen. The bank also kept savings accounts of workers, government employees, and others. The owner of the bank was a coffee tycoon in Batangas. A college instructor and a newspaper man ran the bank.

I handled the loan processing and rediscounting of the bank. I prepared the loan documents for every borrower. I processed the commercial and industrial loans. I also did the supervised agricultural loans of small farmers. It was my routine job from Monday to Friday. I sometimes went out to collect repayment of delinquent loans.

I always came home late. I didn’t go home at the close of business because I had to complete the borrowers’ paperwork for the next day’s loan releases. Nevertheless, I never heard my wife complain. At that time, we had two children. We were living in my parent’s house, and I also supported my old parents. My father was a retired government employee. He was receiving a meagre monthly salary. My mother was a housewife and did a little housekeeping work. We were six in the house, all depending on my salary.

Crucial Moment

After working in the bank for 5 years, the challenging moment in my life arrived.

I worked hard for the bank and when I worked overtime, I didn’t charge for my additional time. I offered my services for free. It so happened that the owner knew about that, so he paid me in full for the overtime hours I had rendered over the previous year. I received much money every December aside from my Christmas bonus and 13-month pay. This created jealousy on the part of the bank’s bookkeeper. She began to dream up things which I hadn’t done, to bring me down to the management.

I couldn’t sustain the professional jealousy anymore, so I finally decided to tender my resignation to the bank’s manager. I wanted to leave the bank for good. I was 29 years at that time. I gave my letter of resignation to the manager. He received it and assured me to help me find a better job in the sugarcane mill in our area. I went home and told my wife about it. She worried that I may not able to support the family. My father’s small pension was not enough for us six in the family. I thought that over. My pride and my impulse had caused me to do make a hasty decision to resign from my work.

I prayed about it and decided to retract my resignation. It was Saturday when I went to the manager’s office in Bacolod, the capital city. He was also the manager of a taxi company that belonged to the bank’s owner. I arrived, carrying a Bible in my hand. The manager and I talked for less than an hour. In the end, he didn’t accept my retraction of my resignation. I went home crestfallen. What a heartbreaking experience I’d had!

I arrived home to find my son and daughter sleeping together sick. They both had high fevers. I worried about them, as I wasn’t sure when I could get a new job. I told my wife everything and she hugged me tight with tears in her eyes. She assured me that God had a better plan for me.

On Monday morning, the bank’s messenger knocked on our door. He told me that I had some money from the bank. He said I was lucky that the bank’s owner was paying me my separation pay. I wasn’t supposed to receive for I had tendered my resignation and not been dismissed by the bank. Well, I went to the bank and received the money from the bank’s teller, who is the daughter of the owner.

This happened in 1980. After I left the bank, I found a job with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was the Church custodian for 11 years.

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  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    The only time I ever lost a job, it was a similar situation. I was an employee in good standing and the employer wanted me to stay on. But there was an internal conflict in the business that resulted in me being asked to work what amounted to 7 days a week. When I reminded the boss that the schedule had already been set so I had at least one day to rest, she said it was her partner’s decision and not hers. I turned in my keys shortly thereafter,

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You have made a right decision. Our job should conflict with our duty to our family, to our faith so to speak. In times like that, we are in a quandary on what to do. But the Great Provider knows what is best for us.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Everyone has a similar experience but in the different settings, time and location. The principle and lesson that we get hold true to everybody. My wife is always there for me for her shoulder to cry me on.

  2. Rex Trulove

    The first job I lost, I quit (with notice). I was going to high school and working in a movie theater. I didn’t have time to devote to my studies, so I left the theater, on good terms with the manager and the owner (and all the other employees) I might add.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You’re responsible enough that you know what to do and you’re friendly to almost everybody in your working place.

  3. Pat Z Anthony

    It is a terrible thing for some to lose a job-especially when money is needed. Some say losing a job was a great thing for them because they found something better. Hopefully you enjoyed the position as custody more then the stressful job at the bank.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Yap, I really found the custodian job worth doing. I know it’s the Lord way to have that one as I changed and forsook my vices and came close to Him. I was able to survive and raised my children on the way of the Lord.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      What do you mean by saying you resigned from your job for your children? I couldn’t get you.

  4. Andria Perry

    I come from a large family and I had this awesome waitress job when I was 17 years old, I made wonderful money in tips every time I worked, so good I bought my first used car, Then one day the district manager came in and after he left I was called to the office and fired, when I asked why? what did I do wrong? I was told you`re Jim`s little sister. That district manager and my older brother had history. I loved that job!

    I stumbled this article.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Well, that’s bad. What’s wrong with the past, when in fact, you’re doing your best. Is he taking a revenge on you in your brother’s mistakes?

  5. Jo Pin

    Losing a job is worse than losing one’s purse to a pickpocket or robbers. Having a supportive family can help us make it through no matter how difficult the situation is. And God knows what we need and when He sees our determination He will placed us in a much better position., like He did to you.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You’re absolutely right. My Lord, our Lord didn’t fail us. He had provided us with the better way. In return, we could serve Him in our best ability by serving other people. God is so kind He hears our prayers.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Finding a greener pasture by leaving your job is not losing it. You are increasing your source of income. We can say that you certainly lose it when you’ve not found one.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is something to prepare. When I left that bank where I was working, after several years, the bank became bankrupt.

  6. Sandy KS

    I am glad God open up another door for you to support your family.

    I lost my first job while working as help in the kitchen of a nursing home. I was working several jobs. I quit all but the nursing home one. As it paid better. I was in a car accident where I was rear ended. I past out at work because of it and was fired.

    1. Sandy KS

      I do not work. I was shot and disabled by my estrange husband. However, my boyfriend is a tow truck driver.

  7. Dawnwriter

    Losing the job when you have parents and children to support can be very traumatic. But it is also very difficult working in a bad environment. It was very good of your wife to support you during these hard times.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is the beauty of living under the guidance and inspiration of the Lord. No matter how difficult is the situation, it seems to be light and affordable because of support and love among the husband and the wife.

  8. Marie Edgerly

    The first job I lost was when I worked in an Dollar store in the mall. This was my first job ever! I wasn’t there maybe even a month and my drawer was short 43 dollars. I think they thought I stole the money, which I didn’t so they fired me. I wasn’t fond of the job, but it was a paycheck!

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That’s the usual practice and policy of the mall users. They’re confident that there are many would be applying for the job. Anyway, in everything we should do we should be extra careful.

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