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post #1 of 28
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What brought you to your present job? Was it a dream you worked for, something you just fell into, or is it "just a job"? For me, it's just a job. I've never had career ambitions. I always thought I'd want to be a mom and housewife. Well, the mom part now, other than to TTP&B is out but I'd still love to be a housewife. $$ doesn't allow it, so I work. What about you guys, like Miss Mew? Did you always want to be a pilot??
post #2 of 28
Mine is just a job.It is better than my last job for sure. Safer, more stable, better hours, better pay, and health benefits. Its not bad though. I like it here. I like knowing that I am helping our soldiers that help us so much. I also like knowing that I probably won't be losing my job since my dpeartment is necessary in order to operate!
post #3 of 28
I kinda fell into my job- I was working full time at the restaurant and my Mom said they were hiring at her job, first time in 20 years! so she put my resume in and I went downtown to take the tests- I passed the general skills part but failed the typing (no surprise there ) somehow i still got the job though with the condition that I pass the typing part in 6 months.... 6.5 years later I still haven't I'm a lot faster than I used to be though I never finished college, not sure if I would have gone back if I hadn't gotten this job. I do like my job though, probably not what I pictured myself doing, but hey, the pay is fabulous!
post #4 of 28
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rats, I think I spelled lead wrong in my title......I think it should be led.........hopefully Wyan won't notice!

Sounds like your job is a good one and since I'm an ex military wife, I can appreciate what you do!
post #5 of 28
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Don't forget Katie, when they're hiring, let me know! I love fabulous money!!


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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
I kinda fell into my job- I was working full time at the restaurant and my Mom said they were hiring at her job, first time in 20 years! so she put my resume in and I went downtown to take the tests- I passed the general skills part but failed the typing (no surprise there ) somehow i still got the job though with the condition that I pass the typing part in 6 months.... 6.5 years later I still haven't I'm a lot faster than I used to be though I never finished college, not sure if I would have gone back if I hadn't gotten this job. I do like my job though, probably not what I pictured myself doing, but hey, the pay is fabulous!
post #6 of 28
I'm still wondering that myself.

I originally went to school for Music Ed, then decided to go into web design (???). However, with the economy the way it is, I took ANY job after graduating. Four years later, I'm an IT Manager, but completely bored with user support and having to fix things at the drop of a fly and deal with user complaints and still come home happy.
So I decided to go back and get my Masters in Information Security. I love watching forensic shows and figuring out how to solve a puzzle. So I figure to complete my degree and get out of IT Administration!
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Don't forget Katie, when they're hiring, let me know! I love fabulous money!!
Will do! won't be a long drive for you at least!
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
rats, I think I spelled lead wrong in my title......I think it should be led.........hopefully Wyan won't notice!

Sounds like your job is a good one and since I'm an ex military wife, I can appreciate what you do!
My only problem is all the paperwork. The army sure does loves to leave a long paper trail. That and some of the soldiers that come in here STILL don't know the policies even after they have been coming to get issues for years now!!
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
Will do! won't be a long drive for you at least!
Nope, right around the corner!
post #10 of 28
I always want to do something that helped people. I was an EMT, but burnt out on that really quick, then I worked retail for years, worked as a packer for a moving company, volunteered with hospice, (very distressing) and then I was a body piercer. A former friend dragged me out of bed one morning and got me to go with her to see about going back to school, and before I knew it, I was enrolled in the Massage Therapy program in a school 50 miles away. As much as I hate to admit it, I had no real intention of finishing, but once I got started, I discovered it was what I really wanted to do. My only regret is that I waited so long. I love it, and ther is no better feeling than having someone get off my table and say how much better they feel. I have lately had the privelige of working on a Marine that had been injured in Iraq. He wound is healed, and had Physical therapy, and now is ready for his muscles to be worked on for comfortable use and range of motion. I do not know exactly how he was injured, he does not like to talk about it. I am just glad to be the one he comes to for his massages.
Even though my former friend turned out to be an evil witch, I will always be grateful to her for taking me with her that day, even if it was just so she would have someone to keep her awake on the drive.
post #11 of 28
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My sister in law has 6 months left of her massage school to go. She thinks she's going to love it. I'd keep you both busy if I could. I absolutely positively love massages! Would have them several times a day if I could!


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Originally Posted by krazy kat2
I always want to do something that helped people. I was an EMT, but burnt out on that really quick, then I worked retail for years, worked as a packer for a moving company, volunteered with hospice, (very distressing) and then I was a body piercer. A former friend dragged me out of bed one morning and got me to go with her to see about going back to school, and before I knew it, I was enrolled in the Massage Therapy program in a school 50 miles away. As much as I hate to admit it, I had no real intention of finishing, but once I got started, I discovered it was what I really wanted to do. My only regret is that I waited so long. I love it, and ther is no better feeling than having someone get off my table and say how much better they feel. I have lately had the privelige of working on a Marine that had been injured in Iraq. He wound is healed, and had Physical therapy, and now is ready for his muscles to be worked on for comfortable use and range of motion. I do not know exactly how he was injured, he does not like to talk about it. I am just glad to be the one he comes to for his massages.
Even though my former friend turned out to be an evil witch, I will always be grateful to her for taking me with her that day, even if it was just so she would have someone to keep her awake on the drive.
post #12 of 28
I'm a domestic engineer
I also have a dietary suppliment/spa essentials distributorship.

Most certainly not what I saw myself doing 10 years ago!

I used to work as a cashier, then bookkeeper/asst manager of a franchise 7-11 store.
I loved the job, despite the crap pay.

Back in 1996 I was in a car accident as a passenger.
Over the last ten years I've been getting slowly worse.
I can't sit for more than 15 minutes at a time and I can't stand for more than 15 minutes at a time.

At least just cooking and cleaning and playing on the computer I can set my own schedule.

The pay seriously sucks though
post #13 of 28
Right now it's just a job.
post #14 of 28
Well, when I was 13, I started working for my Grandpa, who was the Parts Manager in a Dealership back home. I stocked parts, checked in freight, shipped and handled parts along with secretarial work - I did that all the way thru high school and then on breaks from college and weekends when they needed help. The pay was okay cuz I was just in high school and the $ was okay thru college too (I only lived an hour from home, so when they were short handed, I would drive home for afternoons and help out - I did anything for my Grandpa! Plus, they paid my gas $$!)

I went to college for 2 years @ a community college for Business Management & Administration, not knowing what I REALLY wanted to do.

I came here to visit my then boyfriend (he lived here for college) cuz I wanted to live here with him (HA!) So then I came up here one weekend looking for a job, I came in here and handed them my application and they hired me on the spot!

Right now, its just a job - I really LOVE secretarial bookwork and stuff like that. But I'm not sure what I really wanna do, I'm still young, I have time to figure it out - but the money is good and so are the benefits. Its not bad working for a Dealership either - you get GREAT deals on cars and everything that goes along with it!

My Grandpa is proud cuz I am staying in the car business
post #15 of 28
In college, I was studying criminal justice while at the same time living in an abusive relationship. I knew I'd need to use my degree to help other women who have been abused, and that's exactly what I've been doing for the past three years!
post #16 of 28
i loved science in high school, so majored in pre-med/biology in college. however, my learning disability in math pretty much precluded anything in the hard sciences [not to mention i discovered i was allergic to formaldehyde - very hard to dissect while sneezing!]. so i dropped out of college & went to a trade school to become a travel agent, which i was for 15 years. very unstable field, however! especially with the advent of the internet, people making their own travel arrangements, etc. so i went back to school at night, to start finishing up my requirements. finally decided on education, but had trouble returning to school full-time, as financial aid is based on your tax return - basically, if you work full-time, they say you don't qualify. you have to be unemployed for a year before you can qualify [who here understands how the government does things?] anyway, after losing my job 3 years in a row in August, just in time to start school, [& the last time the whole agency went down - definitely not my fault!] my parents offered me room + board + tuition, etc for a year, until i could qualify for aid. so i graduated in August of 1994 with a degree in special education/elementary education [dual certification].
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
rats, I think I spelled lead wrong in my title......I think it should be led.........hopefully Wyan won't notice!
no, you spelled it correctly - that word is pronounced differently depending on usage - can be pronounced either /led/ or /leed/ - like read.
post #18 of 28
Right now it's just a job. I lost my previous job (which I hated anyway) and my unemployment was running out so I needed something quick and ended up here and I hate it here too! I'm still trying to figure out what I really want to be doing because I really don't know. I would love to be involved with animals in some way, unfortunately, besides veterinary, we have limited animal based occupasions around here that pay worth a darn and I doubt GA Power cares if I love my job, they just want their money!!
post #19 of 28
While I was an RN working in high risk labor and delivery, I always hoped to marry someday, expected that if possible, I'd be a stay at home mom for at least the first 3-5 years. I actually never intended to be a nurse - I had my BA, travelled the country for a couple of years, came home, met a guy, got engaged and wanted to be sure I had the ability to support myself and any children should something happen to my husband. I was practical and chose nursing as something I could do any shift, in any state etc. By the time I was done with nursing school, we'd "disengaged" and there I was with a career that hadn't really been what I'd intended to do with my life.

During my 13 years as a nurse, my life became more and more about showing my cats when I was on time off. Alix and I actually instigated a cookbook on the forum we spent time on, and with my partner in that, I suggested it be a business and it evolved into a 5 year partnership and one of the first online pet-themed businesses. When I chose to leave the partnership, I couldn't imagine not continuing to do something I'd come to love, so Alix and I began again...easier as I was now married, retired from nursing and not the sole moneymaker. My love of cats, pure and simple, got me to be a small business owner, a passionate one
post #20 of 28
I work for a health insurance company adjusting claims. I actually started working there because my husband worked there. Before that I worked at Allstate Insurance and I started to work there also because my husband was working there. That was actually my first job and it paid very nice for someone who was only 18. Another reason why I moved over to my current job is because they have wonderful benefits and I love the work schedule of 6:00am-1:30 pm which is full time.
post #21 of 28
Well, I always wanted to teach or be a lawyer. I teach Law perfect job for me!

I did a couple of dead end jobs before getting married and, after leaving work to have my daughter, decided I would never go back to work if it meant being pushed around for terrible pay in the future. So, I went to University and did a Law degree. It was the best thing I ever did, I grew so much as a person and now I do the job I have always wanted to do.

I could earn more as a practising lawyer and was offered a very nice salary to go back a couple of years ago, but chose to stay where I was - being happy is much more important than money to me.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
What brought you to your present job? What about you guys, like Miss Mew? Did you always want to be a pilot??

Hey Susie

When I was about 7 years old my dad, Uncle Linden and Uncle Frank took me to the London International Airshow (here in Canada...not England) and I went around and got autographs from the military pilots. There was one pilot that was flying the F-111 Aardvark from somewhere in the southern United States. He was super nice to me and picked me up and showed me the inside of his airplane. He told me that he was going to be performing in the show and he would rock his wings for me (probably part of his show normally)...but he got up there and sure enough he did rock his wings in a "hello" flyby. I was hooked from that moment on!
post #23 of 28
Of course I always wanted to be a vet when I was little but I hated school and didn't apply myself to get the kind of grades it takes for that. I was working at a factory making circuit boards and such, hating every minute of it, and one day I sat down at my spot at the lunch table and right there in front of me was an ad in a paper for a vet tech position at a clinic near my house. I had no experience and surprisingly they hired me and 10 years later, here I am!
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Did you always want to be a pilot??
.....Susie, I to love your sentence!....
well about us... .......So in order to that...I´m the pilot and Gema is a homewife at the moment! ....She´s happy, I ask to her if she don´t want to get a job, and we analizing the stuffs for both sides,...furthermore, here in our city the jobs of middle of time are not well paid... .....So she continue as Home Keeper! ......
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
rats, I think I spelled lead wrong in my title......I think it should be led.........hopefully Wyan won't notice!
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Originally Posted by Lauren227
no, you spelled it correctly - that word is pronounced differently depending on usage - can be pronounced either /led/ or /leed/ - like read.
There's also the Lead as in the lead of a pencil. But you only spell it that way if you're talking about the atom...I use to love Chemistry, why did I go into computers again?!
post #26 of 28
I studied Interior Design in college, which I love. But an associates degree in my town will get you no where in it. So I tried to get a few clerical jobs and it just wasn't working.

So my Mom told me that her company does free clerical training programs. So I checked it out and went through the training. (It was sponsored by the workforce investment board) I got an Administrative Assistant Certificate. Then they helped me with my job search.

I have to say they were excellent with helping in my job search. They hired me a month after I completed my training! My company also works with people with disabilites. We help people get ready to be sucessful in the workplace besides the clerical training. We have some clients that come for the other job services other than clerical training.

So I was hired as an assistant in the classroom. Then my boss had to move and I was promoted to a full time Instructor. I teach all areas of clerical training, plus what we call Job Seeking Skills and Soft Skills. It's been harder than just being an assistant, but then any area in Human Services is hard. But I like that I get to care for people who don't care for themselves very much. I see that with so many clients, not all, but a lot. I get to help them see where their tallents are. I like that. The worst part of my job is that it does require a lot of love, even when you don't feel like it. For the most part I do like my job, but was it a goal of mine? Nope! The best part is I work with my mother every day!
post #27 of 28
I'm very much unemployed. Although I am a full-time student (and plan to remain one in the summer, as well )

I have my A.A.S. in culinary arts and then a semester before I was done realized that I did in fact want to get my Bachlor's, but not in HRMT. Instead I wanted to have a social science and somehow this social science ended up being political science with a minor in english.

As for what I'm going to do with it...get a job with decent pay. No more retail or resturants for me! I've worked as a cashier and in a groccery store (cheese shop) and as a line cook/sous/tandoori oven worker.

I actually am hoping to find a job working for a city government or as a case worker. Telecommunications is something I'm looking into, but with my B.A. and minor in English who knows? Any takers?
post #28 of 28
iv'e always been good at art, straight A's, i didn't do anything with it for a long time, i always drew animals but never for anyone else, then i saw a book called 'animals that touch the heart' it's by a woman who paints animals in pastel and they looked so real that i had to try it, i brought a heaps of pastels and paper and got very good, soon people started to ask me to do one for them, so i started my own business doing pet portraits in pastel and i love it more than anything.

there's always new animals to paint and it never gets boring, i couldn't ask for a better job

the only thing i'm annoyed with right now is i'm having trouble with my site and haven't been able to download new work for ages, iv'e asked them to fix it so many times but they never do, i may have to change servers after the move.
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