Jack of All Trades

Yesterday we had our second interview with Punanaleo (Ikaika's soon-to-be-preschool).  At some point they asked "what can you offer to our ohana?  What skills or talents can you contribute to the school?"

I consider myself a pretty crafty person.  I have a Pinterest account.  I cook edible food and repair clothes so they continue to be wearable.  I have a college degree.  I have a job.  I speak a few languages enough to get by.  At some point in my life I was a preschool teacher!

Still, for some reason, no answer came to me.  It almost felt like they were asking me, "what makes you so special?" and I couldn't come up with anything.  What should I say?

I can make you a latte?
I can sing a few songs in Japanese?
I can write content for a newsletter?
I can manage a budget in Quikbooks?
I could bake healthy muffins?
I could show you how to implement progress monitoring for students with behavior disorders???

None of these answers seemed "right".  I left feeling pretty down about myself.  I thought I had a lot of talent...so why couldn't I think of anything to say?!
(btw: Mr A blurted out right away that he could help with all sports related stuff and teach the kids some martial arts...lucky dog)

This is not a new issue for me.  I'm a jack of all trades, I'm decent at a lot of things but don't excel at anything.  The one thing I have is a willingness to learn it and do it (a trait I got from my mother).  And I'm interested in being involved and contributing.  Isn't that a skill/talent in and of itself?      

1 comment:

  1. Yes! But, sometimes we get flustered in an interview. That's why it's always good to do some practice questions beforehand.