What do you do for a living? Do you enjoy it? Is it the only job you've done?

  • kittar

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    Jan 19, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    I've been at a point for quite a while now where I honestly don't have much direction as far as a job or career. I know some of the basic things I'm interested in... Food, fitness, the environment... But I was never one to get into university knowing I was med-school bound. It can be frustrating at times being surrounded with people who know the places they're going, while I myself am currently still exploring my options.

    It seems that a lot of guys on RJ live pretty cool lives, doing this thing or going to that place. I'm curious to know what y'all do for a living. Do you enjoy what you do? And is it the only job or career you've had, or have you jumped from place to place?

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    Jan 19, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    Left school in year 9 and been stuck at McDonalds ever since... Worst decision of my life icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 19, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    But.....you get free french fries no? How bad could it be then?
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    Jan 19, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidBut.....you get free french fries no? How bad could it be then?


    QFT.

    I'm a web software developer. I love what I do. Currently I'm living out in the Rockies building web software for ski resorts. It definitely hasn't been the only job / career field I've had, but it's one of my favorites. I'd have to say, my favorite has been massage therapy.

    I've worked at grocery stores, movie theaters, call centers, lots of other random jobs. I've been an entertainer / performer, still do fire performances in the summers, a DJ, bartender, computer tech, software engineer, project manager, small business owner, and many others. I'm hoping to come across an opportunity to own and rent property and start a bed and breakfast, but I'm not sure that I'll ever stop doing web development as my main job anymore. Too many perks involved. Especially when it comes to working with resorts.
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    Jan 19, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    Two jobs: I fly small planes, and grope hot guys.
    Can't get careers much funner than those two. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 19, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidTwo jobs: I fly small planes, and grope hot guys.
    Can't get careers much funner than those two. icon_biggrin.gif


    I've never found that last one to be 'work'....




    nor have I found how to get paid to do it! LMAO
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    Jan 19, 2011 8:52 PM GMT

    I am animal trainer (and I love it). Until seven years ago I was an international banking executive - and I loved that too until I didn't.

    Follow your bliss.
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    Jan 19, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    Beneim saidLeft school in year 9 and been stuck at McDonalds ever since... Worst decision of my life icon_sad.gif


    There is ALWAYS the possibility that you can motivate yourself to get back into education or a vocation.....Push yourself out of your comfort zone, every day, one way or another... Take charge of your life as if THAT was your job... =]
  • kittar

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    Jan 20, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    buzz!
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    Jan 20, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    I did school of business, MBA in International marketing and a few years ago I decided it wasn't for me... A year and a bit ago I started my career as a photographer... Let's see where it will take me... icon_question.gificon_question.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    What Sage wrote...

    And, for me, I followed what I loved instead of money. And, I have found more joy and satisfaction than I would have found any other way in terms of a job. .

    Meanwhile, because I love what I do, the money and the raises and the opportunities keep getting better...I think I'll end up better off in the long term because I followed my bliss - as someone wrote earlier on this thread.
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    I have had mulitple jobs and careers. I have been a social worker, EA, Project Manager, PR Rep...now I work in IT playing with iPhones/iPad for a major drug company. I love my job and what I do..even when it is long hours during the day.
  • joarky123

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    Jan 20, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    engineer for an aerspace corporation. went to college for it and was blessed with the opportunity to work in a field that 1. i studied for and 2. keeps things interesting.
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    I'm a painter, if that's a job. Which it's not. Lately I've been falling into real estate only because it's a family thing.
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    Medicine. I enjoy it, but I've always wanted to do something more creative as well. In fact, I had enrolled myself in film school initially.

    This restlessness runs in the family I suspect. My brother dropped out of dentistry to be a 3D animator. We seemed to have traded lives. icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    I'm a space engineer.

    For the last 2 and 1/2 years I've been working in high tech as a project manager straight out of University. They actually made me sign a contract after my co-op term to return to the company when I was done school. I still had a year before I graduated. My original role in the company is taking about 10% of my actual workload now that I'm a master of that area... But that 10% of work has actually grown over the last 2 years... I've created a position for myself that wasn't really there. Kinda of cool since in terms of structure, I report to a Senior Program Manager who reports to the VP of R&D. So I'm pretty happy in terms of where I am in my job.

    But I work all the time... My day consists of gym in the morning, working, coming home eating dinner, and prepping for the next day. Sometimes I work weekend. But then again, I don't have a family like most of my co-workers, and it's helped me in terms of promotions. But- this is just a job. Not something I plan on doing forever.

    I plan on going towards my passion eventually. Which is Space. Unfortunately, no one will trust a young project manager where millions of dollars are invested. In about 5 years, I think I will be at an age, and at a level of experience that will let me easily get into the industry I want. If not as a technical lead, then at least as a technical consultant.
  • alby

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    Jan 20, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    I work for Verizon Wireless as a retail rep. Been working in the wireless industry for almost 5 years since I was 18 icon_smile.gif Also in the Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer. I enjoy both jobs very much since I have networked enough to pursue a civilian career in law enforcement or move up further in the wireless industry. The money is there in the wireless industry but the experience and friends I made in the military also have built a foundation that shows employers you have discipline and order icon_smile.gif I thought I couldn't do basic training being the little guy I am when I joined when I was 17 but I made it. anyways I stayed in one place.
  • asupas

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    Jan 20, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    I'm an economist/financial analyst for a government agency. It would put most people to sleep but I love it for some reason. It doesn't make for very good party conversation, though. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    first real career, general dentist but right now im trying to go back for pediatric dentistry...found my passion!
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    At the moment? I work at a local theater. That's because I'm trying to get passed school, so I need a part time job icon_smile.gif
    But in the future, my main goal is to end up with Pixar. I don't care what I have to do, it's something I will achieve!
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    Vancouverite2004 saidMedicine. I enjoy it, but I've always wanted to do something more creative as well. In fact, I had enrolled myself in film school initially.

    This restlessness runs in the family I suspect. My brother dropped out of dentistry to be a 3D animator. We seemed to have traded lives. icon_eek.gif


    That's what i want to be! I'm studying Accounting at the moment, but my dream job would be, working for Pixar. I really want to go to Film School.
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    Jan 20, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    I graduated from University with an English degree and so my options were varied. I found a position with a local organization and fell into the program of working as a settlement worker for newcomers arriving into Canada. I've had many part-time jobs in the past but this is my first "real job." I really do enjoy it because the culture is great, people I work with is great and everyday is something new, especially working for a non-profit organization. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • mizu5

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    Jan 20, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    I was a gmnastics and trampoline coach. Not really a full time gig for me, Though ym coaches had all been in it for yeeears.

    I've worked with Cirque, but I can't see ymself going back for good.

    Now I work at a tea store, hopefully will be a buyer for them at some point..

    Not sure yet WHat I'd like permanently. but I am only 19.
  • needleninja

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    Jan 20, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    right now i am currently in college majoring in apparel design and merchandise. and since i dont have a job right now, i am currently a self employed tailor that does garment requests and fashion consulting. so far i love it and i cant wait for my career. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    I have worked in retail management most of my life. I also worked as a realtor for about 5 years. I really liked the real estate business and may get back into it again in the future. I was out of work for over a year because my previous employer eliminated my District Trainer job and now I have a new job training for a District Manager position with a new company. So all is finally good again. Part of my retail career was owning my own store that I loved and would like to do that again sometime.