How is your career going?

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    Jul 03, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    Or lack of same.

    Mine isn't happening. I can say "O, it's this economy," but that's not really it.

  • photokunstler

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    Jul 03, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    Shit! you got that right my friend. Crap economy.
    That's why I'm in grad school and even getting
    side jobs during the summer is hard. People want
    everything for free these days. so frustrating. icon_cry.gif
  • Webster666

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    Jul 03, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    I had planned on sticking with my career to retirement age, and probably beyond. But, several years ago, my career took a very strange turn, following an on-the-job injury.

    I couldn't do my usual job.
    My employer broke the law by not accommodating me and either making simple modifications to my job, or provide a different job that I could do (and they are a huge employer, with countless options).

    I went back to school to learn a new career, and made straight A's, except for one B and one B+, graduating with honors.

    Then I got a double whammy.
    -Almost no employers would hire someone with no experience.
    -The George W. Bush Great Depression destroyed the economy, and employers stopped hiring.

    So, I'm home all the time (wonderful !), draining my retirement fund, and figuring out what to do next.
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    Jul 03, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    my career is defined partly by my talent , fate and boundaries i created for myself.
    It is not big, i don't make tons of money but it is finally rather rewarding.

    All the people who know me keep telling me i've made the right choices.
    While it's very nice of them, i'm not so convinced . I can think of quite a few mistakes i've made along the way - missed opportunities , procrastination,
    pigheadedness which prevented occasions to perform, to meet valuable people, to learn etc.
    Still, i perform, i teach, i contribute on the farm , i have time for my sports ,
    i live in an astoundingly beautiful spot, surrounded by family .
    All of that makes me say my career is ok after all.




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    Jul 03, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    Webster666 said

    So, I'm home all the time (wonderful !), draining my retirement fund, and figuring out what to do next.


    Sorry to hear about your injuries! You are in the same boat as many in the biotech field except for other reasons. Many are making their own jobs and starting companies up and down the bay area. So many biotech's have been bought by larger companies and moved east leaving the people behind without jobs.

    I started my own company in 88 and never looked back. Something to think about .

    Hope your rehab went well and doing ok!
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    Jul 03, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    Career student so far... trying not to think of the student loans. Other than that, things are going quite well.
  • rdberg1957

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    Jul 03, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    my career has been going well for the last few years since i decided what i wanted to do. I am happier now at what i do than I ever have been. I expect to continue as long it is satisfying and clients continue to come in the door, which depends partly on the quality of my work, and partly on the economy.
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    Jul 03, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    same ole shit. My ex roommate icon_rolleyes.gif stole my microwave which I bought with my stimulusicon_evil.gif
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    Jul 03, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    Rodmramer saidsame ole shit. My ex roommate icon_rolleyes.gif stole my microwave which I bought with my stimulusicon_evil.gif


    Awwww, that sucks.

    But Obama's Keyensianism is working well. You got the stimulus, and your ex-roomate got a microwave. You put that money into the economy, which helped a store greeter at PC Richards.

    Your ex-roommate probably needed that microwave more than you do. Honestly, do you really need such bourgeois luxuries?

    So be proud! This is change we can believe in! Make no mistake! Let me be clear!
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    Jul 03, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    My career is going just OK compared to other Architects- I yet have a job with a well respected firm, and am the Project Architect for a publicly funded project in the City. (Good for the resume)- but the money isn't great and I sure could use a change.
    I'm trying to keep myself positive by learning things related to my field in my down time- more credentials, new software, etc so when things improve, I'm ready. I'm also compiling my portofolio.
    I guess sticking to a job is an accomplishment in my profession (20% of the profession laid off, entire firms collapsed, etc)- so I guess its going OK.
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    Jul 03, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    JackBlair said
    Rodmramer saidsame ole shit. My ex roommate icon_rolleyes.gif stole my microwave which I bought with my stimulusicon_evil.gif


    Awwww, that sucks.

    But Obama's Keyensianism is working well. You got the stimulus, and your ex-roomate got a microwave. You put that money into the economy, which helped a store greeter at PC Richards.

    Your ex-roommate probably needed that microwave more than you do. Honestly, do you really need such bourgeois luxuries?

    So be proud! This is change we can believe in! Make no mistake! Let me be clear!


    icon_lol.gif Obama wasn't president at the time. I think it was Bush
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    Jul 03, 2010 4:26 AM GMT
    I love my current career. It is rather stressful at times, though.
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    Jul 03, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    I'm currently developing a second side career to support my main career which gives me no money. Oh art you so crazy.
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    Jul 03, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    It's supposed to be going somewhere?? Oops, must have missed that memo! icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 03, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
    Taking a nap now. Going for a bike ride later. Make some money in the morning.
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    Jul 03, 2010 5:16 AM GMT
    Well, I'm starting my 3rd year of college in the fall. For the summer, I'm a bagger at a grocery store.

    I'm really going places in life, let me tell ya. =P
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    Jul 03, 2010 5:30 AM GMT
    My career never started. The only job I could get after university was through an insider and not in my field. I've done it for three years, and the money is fine -- not good, but the best out of my friends. I'm going back to school in the fall, so I might have another chance at launching.
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    Jul 03, 2010 5:43 AM GMT
    horrible! was laid off and looking for a job
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jul 03, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    I've been unemployed for 6 months. I graduated last December with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. You'd think I'd be able to find a job with the seemingly massive expansion of government jobs... but no. I've applied for so many jobs that I've lost count - I remember hitting the 200 mark around March. I've applied for a lot more jobs since then. As much as I'd hate to do it, I think I'm going to break down and apply for part-time jobs, and live at home with my parents a little longer than I previously desired. I was hoping to be out by the end of January after moving back home from college.

    Ultimately, I think it'll be a (relatively) decent arrangement since they don't make me pay rent, food, or utilities. Evidently some people's parents are not so accommodating. My mother will probably push for my departure eventually, but my father wouldn't care if I was 50 and still living at home. I think my father (and mother to a degree) know that at some point they may possibly have to come knocking on my door in the future, and would appreciate a similar courtesy.

    In the mean time, I'd be able to save up some $$$ for an eventual relocation since no employers are paying for relocation costs - effectively precluding some people from being able to access employment. After a few months of work, I think I may opt not to go looking for full-time work, and just apply to graduate school. Frankly, I'd be happier doing graduate research than floating around the non-existent job market. Needless to say, my career plans are extremely fluid at the moment. I have no clue what I'll be doing next week, next month, or next year...
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    Jul 03, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
    Me and my buddy were just talking about getting out of retail and finding ourselves a satisfying career. problem is theres nothing out there for us, despite our education. hes in film, im into art/design.
    Any offers for us? Please?!
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    Jul 03, 2010 6:51 AM GMT
    Just graduated with a four year degree. I've been kinda stuck in the "Job? But I'm going back to scho...oh wait. Yeah, I should get a job soon-ish" mindset.
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    Jul 05, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    I am not doing bad. Working for one of the best refineries. But not satisfied with the work load. I can do much more. So looking forward for a more technically challenging job. Down the line after 2 years I have to go for my masters.
    God bless me for that.
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    Jul 05, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    i'm in the music biz which is always feast or famine...i'm thinking seriously of going back and getting a masters just so i have the piece of paper to get into teaching at a university.

    being self-employed is an interesting contrast to the life my dad's generation had. he had one job all of his working life, then retired. he always only made basically the same amount over the course of his life...it was a done deal. all of his friends were the same too. i don't ever remember anyone getting laid off or quitting or even getting a huge promotion. they were working class and they did one thing and never looked back.

    i, OTOH, have re-invented myself 100 times over the last 25+ years and continue to do so. so now i can do a lot of stuff, but the work isn't there to do it. so i slog through and take my gigs where they come...it's fun, exciting, and i wouldn't trade it for anything. but some days are difficult to be sure...

    i don't think i'll ever *retire* but i know guys who would love to retire and do what i am doing. one man's ceiling...
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    Jul 05, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    Kinda stalled in the BAD part of town would be the best analogy.
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    Jul 05, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    Career is going GANG-BUSTERS! ...Very good! Even in this economy!...
    I am sorry about those having a hard time....I hope things improve for you...really.icon_cool.gif