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Mar 18 2013, 3:45pm

Post #1 of 47 (521 views)
What is your profession/job? Can't Post

So, what are our ringers up to most of the day, most days of the week?

For me, I'm a student, currently with a year off and working in a bookstore. It's the perfect part time job! Big percentage off on all books etc :D Next year I'll start my education towards becoming a film director.


Mar 18 2013, 4:28pm

Post #2 of 47 (296 views)
I'm currently a homemaker... [In reply to] Can't Post

Not very exciting, I know. But I have two small children, and if I worked, I would only make enough to pay for daycare. Before I had them, I was a business analyst for a custom software company. I worked exclusively with tax collectors to build software that would allow them to collect taxes more efficiently. Before that, I had several temp jobs working with computers, and in college, I was a computer lab manager of the labs on campus. I'm thinking about working on my creative writing while at home, with the hope of going back to school and eventually teaching English and Literature.


Mar 18 2013, 7:43pm

Post #3 of 47 (265 views)
Currently a student [In reply to] Can't Post

Who hopes to go to Drama School to train as a classical actor (i.e. plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov etc) and *if possible* start out working in a repertory company. Not an easy challenge by any stretch of the imagination....Laugh

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Mar 18 2013, 8:35pm

Post #4 of 47 (274 views)
part time software developer [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, in theory. I've been doing more system administration type work rather than software development recently, but whatever. Computer stuff. Wink

I do that three days a week, and am home with my son the rest of the time.

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars, and so on -- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man, for precisely the same reasons. -- Douglas Adams


Mar 18 2013, 8:48pm

Post #5 of 47 (264 views)
As many already know ... [In reply to] Can't Post

I am a PhD meteorology student. Polar science is my favourite, so my PhD couldn't be better suited to me. I just wish I was still in South Georgia. And having spent time in the Falklands, the growing tension between Argentina and the UK saddens me greatly (as does the people I know who live there).

Having been in full time education my whole life, I still ask myself: "what do I want to do when I grow up?"

I haven't come up with an answer. Send any suggestions to me though! Maybe TORn needs a permanent weather forecaster? Tongue


Mar 18 2013, 8:54pm

Post #6 of 47 (254 views)
Educational publishing [In reply to] Can't Post

As either editor or salesman, and fhat followed 2 years of teaching after college, so I've never left the education world since I entered it in kindergarten. Not sure what I want to be when I grow up either, but it's been a mostly fun career. Quite a privilege to have teachers and professors as my custtomers. I couldn't ask for better people to work with.

Lily Fairbairn

Mar 18 2013, 9:18pm

Post #7 of 47 (251 views)
I'm an ink-stained wretch [In reply to] Can't Post

Which is supposedly what Samuel Johnson called a writer, but I think that attribution is apocryphal. Nowadays I'd have to say I'm a pixel-stained wretch. Tongue

A grizzled veteran of the publishing industry, I write fiction for money and non-fiction blogs/essays/magazine articles etc. for promotion.


Mar 18 2013, 9:18pm

Post #8 of 47 (256 views)
Did a minor in drama [In reply to] Can't Post

My drama classes (especially directing) had the heaviest workload of anything I studied at university, including teachers' college. Be forewarned, and break a leg. Wink


Mar 18 2013, 9:44pm

Post #9 of 47 (264 views)
Volunteer [In reply to] Can't Post


(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Mar 18 2013, 9:53pm)


Mar 18 2013, 10:03pm

Post #10 of 47 (254 views)
graphic designer [In reply to] Can't Post

I work for two businesses serviced by the same business office so I'm doing a little bit of everything.

I also take occasional freelance jobs.

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Mar 18 2013, 11:52pm

Post #11 of 47 (246 views)
Archaeologist [In reply to] Can't Post

Which 5% of the time I'm digging holes in the ground, and 95% of the time researching and writing reports. Up to 7 years ago I worked in Early Childhood Education (day care), until I started college at age 42 to get an AA degree as a requirement of my job. Then I got hooked on archaeology, and the rest is history. Wink

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Mar 19 2013, 12:52am

Post #12 of 47 (261 views)
Yeah, about that [In reply to] Can't Post

my edit didn't work and left too much to the imagination.Angelic

I work with prisoners on a volunteer basis.

I haven't given up the notion of working in film someday. It's what I studied my first time at university; that gave way to cultural studies -- which is related I think, though highly theoretical -- and then teaching and special education. After 7 years of higher education and working for free, I guess you could say I've achieved the rank of Educated Bum, Esq.... though I came by it honestly.Wink

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Mar 19 2013, 12:55am)


Mar 19 2013, 3:00am

Post #13 of 47 (236 views)
Cytotechnologist [In reply to] Can't Post

I screen pap tests all day with a microscope. It's a steady job, it makes use of my Biology degree, and I make just enough that my wife can stay home with the kids.

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Mar 19 2013, 3:31am

Post #14 of 47 (218 views)
make money as a freelance writer [In reply to] Can't Post

mostly health-related.

But I also teach & speak & write about mythology & archetypes in film, and I'm hoping the book I'm working on gets published & becomes a best seller Sly

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

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Mar 19 2013, 4:22am

Post #15 of 47 (213 views)
ICU RN [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
Which 5% of the time I'm digging holes in the ground, and 95% of the time researching and writing reports. Up to 7 years ago I worked in Early Childhood Education (day care), until I started college at age 42 to get an AA degree as a requirement of my job. Then I got hooked on archaeology, and the rest is history. Wink

I have done CCU, MICU but my specialty is neurosurgical ICU and post-trauma.

What I'd love to be doing though be grubbing around looking for hominid bones. Maybe a second career, I like your story Argalen!

Hell hath no fury like a Dragon who is missing a cup.

Tol Eressea

Mar 19 2013, 4:52am

Post #16 of 47 (210 views)
I'm currently a full-time care-giver for my dad, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

I used to teach English as a foreign/second language. After finally deciding what to do when I grew up, I taught English in Poland for two years, at a community college for a year, then for a non-profit organization for a few months before I developed health issues. As my situation stabilized, my dad's worsened, and I haven't been able to return to work since.

(I hesitate to share the fact that I taught English for fear that someone who has read any of my posts will think, "Yikes! I wouldn't want to learn anything, let alone English, from her!" Tongue My excuse for any errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation is that it's been a while, and a lot has happened since my teaching days. And also that I almost always have a squirming puppy in my lap while posting. Smile)

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Mar 19 2013, 5:29am

Post #17 of 47 (208 views)
Special needs teacher / manager [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm a special needs teacher, within a specialised system (if that even makes sense!). I am responsible for 24 children with a big range of special needs, mostly children who in years past would have been in residential care, due to the nature of their medical, physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities. Their families need some support from me, and I also look after about 25 staff.

The rest of the time I am slave to this guy:


Mar 19 2013, 5:43am

Post #18 of 47 (206 views)
I'm a full time carer to my 3 autistic sons [In reply to] Can't Post

before they came along I was an Administration Manager for a firm of consulting engineers. Before that I was studying programming at Uni and working as an Admin assistant Wink

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Mar 19 2013, 8:14am

Post #19 of 47 (211 views)
Secretary [In reply to] Can't Post

to the principal in the IT education at our University of Applied Sciences (as is the official name) is what brings in the money.
My evenings are spend with going to school to get a bachelor degree in communications.


Mar 19 2013, 9:38am

Post #20 of 47 (206 views)
I may have asked you this before ... [In reply to] Can't Post

But what is the most interesting thing you have found? Cool


Mar 19 2013, 10:31am

Post #21 of 47 (209 views)
Medical Doctor [In reply to] Can't Post

I am a generalist, or GP, which in the UK means we undertake nearly all basic medical care and chronic disease management (asthma, diabetes etc). I clarify this because generalists do different things in different countries. Here, all patients see a GP initially with their illness and we treat most of them and in more complicated cases, at least initiate investigations before referrring on to a hospital specialist. I also do acupuncture- largely for treatment of pain
I was interested to see Aragalen's change of career in her forties- good for you!! That's so great to follow your dream!Laugh

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Mar 19 2013, 10:50am

Post #22 of 47 (225 views)
My job is substitute teaching [In reply to] Can't Post

while I sort through six possible different career paths that are all open after finishing school. One of those is eventual plans for possibly full-time teaching which would involve renewing licenses and considering additional endorsements - a thing that is possible now that I finished the Master's degree.

When it became clear that a PhD was not in the works within anything close to my budget for time and money - I stayed at the Master's level and did my job-search work while actually working rather than trying to drag out school just to be able to say I was still in school and threatening to compromise the progress I had made in terms of recommendations and GPAs and all (I don't think that I would perform as well as usual if I knew that the work I was doing was unlikely to lead to something productive). It is all so complicated - there are so many factors involved that I really don't know if it is worth it to detail all of it here! Subbing offers the optimal flexibility without leaving anyone in a really bad situation should one of those six career paths suddenly present an opportunity. I really like doing it, too. But I couldn't tell you where I will be in the next few months and it is definitely more of a job than a career.

I have to admit that if I were working at a bookstore with an employee discount, I may be unlikely to come out ahead Tongue.


Mar 19 2013, 3:06pm

Post #23 of 47 (176 views)
midlife career changes [In reply to] Can't Post

keep one young & interested in life! I went back to school at 56 and am so glad I did. Like they say, yes I was 60 when I got my doctorate, but how old would I have been if I hadn't done that?

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

- James Hillman, Healing Fiction

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Mar 19 2013, 3:48pm

Post #24 of 47 (175 views)
I'm semi-retired. [In reply to] Can't Post

I work part time as a Financial Clerk for the county government where I live. The first 14 years were full time but I switched to part time May 2011. I love it! My job is fairly repetitive but I'm good at it & have good benefits. I hope to figure out what I want to be when I grow up when I retire in four years.Blush

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Mar 20 2013, 1:06am

Post #25 of 47 (162 views)
Writer. [In reply to] Can't Post

I still get a frisson of delight at being able to say that, even now it's been over a year since I became a full-time author. :) I self-publish, and it's going remarkably well.

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