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What is your job?
« on: August 09, 2003, 04:08:18 AM »
What job do you do?, do you enjoy it, how long have you been doing it?

If your are still at school, what do you want to do when you leave, what career would you like?

If you are not working, what would be your ideal career, do you think you'll ever do it?


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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2003, 05:57:31 AM »
great idea! I am a police\fire\medical dispatcher.... I love it. I t is very exciting and stressful and tiring. I had my heart set on going to the acedemy (police) but now with a TTT soon that will have to wait. But soon. That has always been my dream and eventually I want to be SWAT..... weird huh?

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2003, 07:35:37 AM »
I am an attorney, I have been licensed in the State of Ohio since November 2000, and in the Southern District Court for Ohio since December 2001.

I generally love my job, but want to expand and get more litigation experience.  I am not a big fan of domestic relations, but do it if people need it.  I really enjoy collections and juvenile (dependency, abuse and neglect as well as paternity, support and custody) cases.

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2003, 11:01:39 PM »
I am a certified athletic trainer at a small D3 school in Illinois.  I am also a critical care paramedic (highest certification through NREMT).  I also recently obtained my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist).  I have been an ATC for a little over three years, and am hoping to maybe get a job with professional soccer maybe next spring.
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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2003, 02:41:52 AM »
I am currently working at the front desk of a hotel, checking people in/out answering the switchboard.  I stand up for 8 hours a day which isn't the smartest thing I've ever done.

However my last job, which I just left in June was working for the American Red Cross as a casework specialist, which means I assisted people anytime they had a disaster such as a fire, flood, tornado or 9/11 type incident.  I am continuing to work with them as a volunteer which I have done since 1993.  It has given me great pride being able to help people at there darkest moments.


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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2003, 03:08:59 AM »
Hey, great idea!

I'm the finance/accounting manager for one of the M&Ms/Mars plants in the U.S.  For the most part it's a pretty great job - it's nice to be the one in charge of the purse strings.  

I've got more schooling than any one person should reasonably have (thanks to said company moving me around during my MBA program).  I'm also currenly studying for my CMA's exam and used to be a stockbroker right about the time the dot.bomb era was starting.  I've been in finance/accounting since graduating from the university a decade ago.  The finance part I really enjoy - the accounting part is O.K., but I'm not so much concerned with the debits and credits as much as the dollars and cents.  I don't so much care in which account the money goes as much as what the spending of that money means.  There's a kind of sick sense of power behind plotting the financial course for a plant that makes more than $500,000,000 in candy every year.

When I was in college I insisted that I wanted to be a pilot (nearly ever man in my family was in the Navy at some point in their lives).  However, once I realized that you can't get rich flying fighter planes, I decided to hit the business school (besides, at the time the civilian world wasn't hiring engineers anyway, so that was another reason to switch to business).  Law would have been nice - my mother still insists that with my love of debate I'd have made a great attorney (or politician  ???).  But the idea of finishing my undergrad program while spending months studying for my LSAT so I could spend another two years in school only to finally join the ranks of all the other starving attorneys didn't appeal to me much.  I worked more than full time all during my undergard program so it took me six years to complete my four year degree.  To spend another two in law school (at least) meant I wasn't going to be turned loose on the world until much later than my peers, so law school was out.

Then I saw Wall Street and bought into the whole "greed is good" ideal of the 80's.  I graduated, became a broker, hated it, and jumped ship for the world of "hands-on" finance.  Now a decade later I'm at that point in my life where I couldn't quit if I wanted to.  Good thing the money's good.  ;)
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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2003, 04:01:04 AM »
 ;D THis is a good one, got to keep my mind in motion...
I work at a small Quarter HOrse Breeding, Training establishment in Nova Scotia, Canada. I take care of 23 horses. I also train, ride and Teach riding to those who want to learn.  It's mostly western here...but I have also spent the last 14 years of my life learning English riding, including dressage and jumping. 8)  HOrses are my life...the rest is just details...isnt' just some tacky slogan on a tshirt for's the truth.  I have one beast of my own. He is a 15 year old , 15.3hh Percheron/Arab Gelding. He is my best friend...especially when my knee is hurting.
Horses, will always be part of my life, but wether my knee allows me to go where I want with it remains to be seen. I am only 23 years old, but already...doubt is firmly planted in my mind.
Can't wait to read about the rest of you
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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2003, 08:47:59 PM »
I am a nurse and I work on an orthopedics ward in a regional hospital. I love my job but my body doesn't llike the lifting etc. So next month I am going to combine work with studying nursing management. So if my knees and back decide to break down totally I can switch to being the doctor's right hand ;)!

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2003, 05:24:35 AM »
I don't work anymore since my RSD and EDS got out of hand back in 1995.
but before that I loved my work I worked Summers (well about October to June) as a park ranger in a State game reserve (THis is NOT a hunting area, but a concervation area like a national park) where I did a lot of tours and also worked on koala management and a WHOLE lot more, I LOVED this job but my body will nolonger allow me to work in this field as it is too physical.
And in Winters (June/July to September/October) I worked int he ski fields as a Ski Lift operator and LOVED this work as well, again my body will no longer allow me to continue with this sort of work.
I have done a LOT of part time jobs over the years (but NEVER an office position) and most of those are out now as the work was too physical  :'( :'(.
Recently I finished a course in Tour Guiding but do not think I will be able to do this either now, So I am looking at doing some courses in Web Design, Site Design, E Commerce and so on, so that I can wokr at home and at my own pace (or should I say my bodies pace).
I am also training Boo (my 9 month old Norwegian Elkhound B*tch) to be a Disability Asistance (Service) dog to help me in my life and in gaining any more independance that I can. She is doing well but due to her age I have to be extra careful.
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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2003, 07:03:00 PM »
Up until about 5 years ago I used to work with horses. I have been around horses since I was about 18 months old and spent over 20 years dedicated to them. As Linds says the phrase "they are my life" really is accurate.

I started off working in a Riding school/Eventing Yard and began three day eventing as a result, which I really loved and my local hospital hated!  ::) From there I moved to another yard to concentrate on breeding, training youngsters and dressage. I spent 10 very happy years doing just that, until my legs finally gave up the ghost and I had to leave my beloved equestrian career behind me once and for all. (You can see some of my horses on the weblink under my name)

Obviously I was devastated at losing my career and passion, and for a while I was very deflated especially as I'm limited to what work I can do because of my physical restrictions. But gradually I have built a new career for myself as a freelance writer and have gained critical acclaim in the male dominated world of motor sport. I regularly contribute to motor racing websites, and have been published in several glossy magazine on various subjects. I'm also working on two non fictions book project and working with a young racing driver to develop his career too.

It's not the career I imagined or expected, but I'm enjoying it now and determined to put as much into it as I did my equestrianism and go on to achieve new goals. Life doesn't always pan out the way we hope or want, but with some versatility and a lot of determination you can still make the best from it.  ;)

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2003, 12:37:02 AM »
i'm in school studying to be a computer programer. I knoe java, And basic and tyring to learn VB, C/C++ and so on and so forth.
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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2003, 05:18:30 AM »
Well, I graduated last December with a teaching degree, took the certificate test and passed in January, started teaching reading program at small rural school district, took an additional certification test in Early Childhood so I could teach Kindergarten, and I'm now a facilitator with a local school district.  I couldn't find a full time teaching position because of so many budget cuts.
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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2003, 10:22:04 PM »
I work as an administrative assistant for a construction company who does work all over Louisiana.  I also handle our worker's comp case and OSHA.  I like my job, but I LOVE the company.  I'd really like to become a paralegal to help with the lawsuits and things we get over here.

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2003, 12:44:42 AM »
I work at a Direct Marketing company in the Chicago suburbs.  The company produces infomercials and markets the products in different media channels like TV, Radio, Print, etc.  I am a Channel Manager responsible for coordinating, reporting and coming up with new ideas for what is going on in all channels for certain products.  This is a new thing for me.  I was in Product Management previously at a Telecommunications company in Tulsa, OK which is a different area of marketing.

I am looking into going back to school for an MA in Forensic Psychology and making a career change.  Only time will tell.....

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2003, 12:37:31 AM »
 So many interesting jobs people on this page have!

Well, I started out on a career diplomat path--studying international relations, politics, developing nations, and languages.  Then I transitioned to work on computer projects in developing nations (for the UN, World Bank, and regional development banks), which required my old skills plus sales and IT knowledge.  Then I moved to full time IT projects, nothing international or involving helping developing nations--and I was BORED TO DEATH.

After managing to get myself laid off with a decent severance package  ;D ;D I began a full time career as a writer of fiction--novels, specifically.  It was always something I'd planned to do, just never had the time.
I'm having a blast with this new career of writing mysteries and romantic suspense.  I plan to make it work for the rest of my life.  My body may be falling apart, but my mind still works!  It's nice to have something going my way right now....

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2003, 01:28:12 AM »
Hi all,

so many educated folks out there!!

I am a singer. And because the pop music industry is oh-so lucrative (!) I pay the rent doing illustration, web design and graphic design. My heart lies in music though - fortunately ya don't need your knees to sing from your toes!


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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2003, 04:05:09 AM »
New person again.
I've been working part time as a customer service rep. (basically a cashier) at a store in our local mall after my husband lost his computer consulting job following 9-11. Now he's back to work (at long last) and my poor body is giving out from my job. Bursitis in the shoulder spring of 2002 and then right meniscus tear surgery in June to be followed on October 7 by left meniscus tear surgery. I will probably be giving my notice when I tell them my surgery date which I'm holding off on. When I mentioned to my immediate superior about the possibility of surgery right agfter I had my MRI, she was't too thrilled and questioned my availability following a possibile 2nd surgery. No problem with a leave after the 1st but the 2nd, she wasn't too thrilled. And the posisbility of having to deal with holiday shopping right after I get back may be too much! Once I've recovered more, I'm planning to look for a much better job preferably sitting more. I have an MLS as a librarian but library jobs are few and far between here. I'll have 2 sons in college next year so I have to find something!
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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2003, 06:07:06 AM »
I work in a supermarket (how glamorous), but am also a writer (working on a novel, have had a couple of short stories published). I'm also starting an Open University course, and hope after about six years to have a BA in Humanities. Not sure what I'll do after that...I'm hoping my novel will be finished early 2004 and will be looking for a publisher as soon as poss.

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Re: What is your job?
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2003, 06:08:29 AM »
I'm in a non-traditional line of work. I'm an electromechanical assembly technician. I build semiconductor processing systems. These are machines that are used in the process of making microchips. The equipment is used in the making of hard drive thin film heads, LEDs, flat panel displays, photomasks (like silkscreen templates for chips), and much more.

I've been doing this 6 years this month. My job involves putting the equipment together - installing components, running wiring, assembling all kinds of parts. I have to deal with electrical, mechanical, pneumatic/hydraulic and vacuum systems.

I have to be able to read schematics, blueprints, cad drawings and sketches on a scrap of paper. I've also got to be creative. The equipment evolves constantly, and unforseen problems come up all the time, and it's techs like me who often have to come up with the solution on short notice, sometimes even having to create solutions from limited resources.
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