Years ago (I was about 42 I think) I went to work in a local book store. I knew nothing about selling books, but wanted part time work so I could be at home when the kids were out of school. I never was able to figure out the cash register (very early computer style) or all the special promotions/gift cards/coupons. It killed me to tear off covers and put books in the dumpster. I hid pornography in the basement. But because I had a master’s degree in library science, the manager put my salary at twenty five cents above minimum wage. Truly, I wasn’t worth even that. Businesses that hire beginners like me are doing an act of service. I made so many mistakes, it is embarrassing to remember. However, I learned a lot, and it convinced me I really did need to work for the state. The free market, especially the corporate world (was a chain), was not for me.