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James – How did you handle going back to work?

James – How did you handle going back to work?

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The first step to going back to work was to determine what I could do now that I couldn’t be a carpenter any more.  And, back 35 years ago, computers were kind of an up-and-coming thing, if people can relate to that today.  And, I hadn’t gone t... Show More

The first step to going back to work was to determine what I could do now that I couldn’t be a carpenter any more.  And, back 35 years ago, computers were kind of an up-and-coming thing, if people can relate to that today.  And, I hadn’t gone to college; I went right into construction work from high school.  I decided to go back to school.  So, here I was in my early 30s, going to college for the first time with a bunch of 18-and 19-year-olds, which was an eye opening experience to say the least.  And, I took some computer courses, and so I got an Associate Degree.  I had a relative who owned a construction supply company, so I went to work in the office for him for many years, and I actually became the controller of the company, because I knew, numbers was my life, if you will.   And so, I did accounts payables, receivables, you know, and that type of thing.  It was a pretty fulfilling career for many years.

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James – How did you handle going back to work?

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Injured in 1976 at age 27, quadriplegic
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The first step to going back to work was to determine what I could do now that I couldn’t be a carpenter any more.  And, back 35 years ago, computers were kind of an up-and-coming thing, if people can relate to that today.  And, I hadn’t gone to college; I went right into construction work from high school.  I decided to go back to school.  So, here I was in my early 30s, going to college for the first time with a bunch of 18-and 19-year-olds, which was an eye opening experience to say the least.  And, I took some computer courses, and so I got an Associate Degree.  I had a relative who owned a construction supply company, so I went to work in the office for him for many years, and I actually became the controller of the company, because I knew, numbers was my life, if you will.   And so, I did accounts payables, receivables, you know, and that type of thing.  It was a pretty fulfilling career for many years.

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