RJ Members with a degree and ones without one... Can I ask you a few questions?

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    Dec 17, 2012 6:58 AM GMT
    I'm in the crossroads of my life right now when it comes to career choices. I pretty much have all my general studies done which means I can go in many different directions. At the moment I'm going for my Bachelor's MIT (Management in Technology) but I'm not sure if that's what I want to do. I don't know if I'm ready to live a life working behind a cubicle 40 hours a week, but I guess that's just how things work.
    TL;DR
    Do some of you mind filling out a quick survey for me? Thanks!

    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!

    3.) Do you enjoy it?

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?

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    Dec 17, 2012 7:13 AM GMT

    1.)If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    B.S. in Radiologic Sciences Studies

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Radiation Therapist

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    I LOVE EVERY MINUTE!

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    40-60 plus on-call

    All for now. Thank you!
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    Dec 17, 2012 8:45 AM GMT
    B.A. in Visual Arts. Cost me a fucking fortune which I will be paying off monthly for years and years to come (Private University) and is worth shit.
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    Dec 17, 2012 8:47 AM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please). no



    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?
    I have no need for one, I made my name before bits of paper proved you were beaten into thinking a certain way (and in the field I used to be in it was big on free thinking) (But I used to do something else)

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    I work for a concrete company, I do concrete things, deal with customers, that kinda stuff.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Yes, It requires zero personal investment, I work 8 hours a day no more I have the weekends to my self I'm paid enough money, it's stable and secure, I can advance as far as I want too and am not pushed or coerced into going somewhere I don't want to go.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    39 (40 hour work week)
  • Karl

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    Dec 17, 2012 9:01 AM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in?
    B.A. in Spanish Linguistics and Literature

    2.) What do you currently do?
    Student.
    My part-time job is a translator for a music channel's official website.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Yes because I can work at home .

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    Few hours.
    Only 7 hours a week.
    This is just my part time job , I still dont know what I will do in the future , I think I'll continue studying.
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    Dec 17, 2012 9:20 AM GMT
    If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    I run my own Dietitian business, I work in private practice, 2 doctor's surgeries and 2 sports clinics.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    I love it! Everyday is different and I love the human interaction especially rewarding when you see results (which is most of the time)! It's stimulating as well as there's always something new to learn and improve on.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    As I'm in PP it really depends on the clients. I would say average 20 hours a week. But as I'm getting paid per client I can get away with that. ;-)
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    Dec 17, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    B.A. in French Linguisitics and minor in Finance
    B.S. in Nursing (will have it by summer 2013)

    2.)What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Previous career - Investment Banking
    Now - Registered Nurse. Critical care and Recovery Room
    Future - Work for a corporate healthcare company. Travel to hospitals all across the country and teach other nurses and doctors how to use various monitors and equipment.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Yes, I do! I'm part of a team that saves lives.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    At least 36 hours. The nursing shortage is high and will continue in years to come. I can get as much overtime as I want.
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    Dec 17, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?

    At the moment, I do no. It hasn't been necessary, and until it is, I'm not going to sink money into it. While a degree would be helpful, I'm spending my time on IT certifications.

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!

    I just left a job with a computer supervising a team of technicians that upgrade laptops and build custom desktops. Basically, we take high end machines and put even better parts in them.

    I'm currently awaiting a start date with Dell to be a Senior Client Support Specialist... essentially help desk work.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?

    I really did enjoy my last job, but there were some... questionable practices... there. For my careers sake I had to leave.

    As far as the help desk position I took I already know It's not my dream job, but it's one area of IT that I have such little experience in. I plan on head back to the East Coast in a few years, and really need this under my belt to land a decent job.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?

    With the last job it was full time, m-f, 9-5.

    The upcoming job has three shifts I may possibly be assigned to, and the days could vary.
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    Dec 17, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please). I have a BS in Applied Math and Statistics.

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please! I work as a benefits administrator. Official title is senior benefits analyst. I issue pension checks for a living and ensure my clients' pension plans are administered in compliance with federal regulations / plan requirements.

    3.) Do you enjoy it? No. At one point I thought I had a career, now I feel like I just have a job (which is nothing to frown upon in this economy).

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work? 40-45 hours normal. Occasionally 50+ hours during peak periods.
  • reptile18

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    Dec 17, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Do some of you mind filling out a quick survey for me?

    Not at all.

    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    B.S. Computer Science
    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Programming job: Associate Software Engineer
    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Not anymore. The first 3/4 of 2011 was great and work was really fun, but once the first project ended, it just wasn't the same anymore... Office politics got really bad, my best friend left, then my other best friend was laidoff and the project I'm on was pretty much completely abandoned except for me and another guy (So I'm stuck on it). Thinking of moving on, but am afraid the same situation will be at the next company... Sick of working in a corporate environment.
    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    40+

    Houra are flexible, pay is salaried, so in 2011, I worked a ton of extra hours and didn't care because I loved my job... Now I'm just working the 40 and refuse to work more than I'm required to.
    All for now. Thank you!
  • rnch

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    Dec 17, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI'm in the crossroads of my life right now when it comes to career choices. I pretty much have all my general studies done which means I can go in many different directions. At the moment I'm going for my Bachelor's MIT (Management in Technology) but I'm not sure if that's what I want to do. I don't know if I'm ready to live a life working behind a cubicle 40 hours a week, but I guess that's just how things work.
    TL;DR
    Do some of you mind filling out a quick survey for me? Thanks!

    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please). B.A. in finance, double minor in accounting and biological sciences
    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please! Fed govt, dept of ag

    3.) Do you enjoy it?Seldom I endure it more than enjoy it.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work? In the past 50 to 70; thanks to an on-the-job knee injury I am "down" to 40 hours.

    All for now. Thank you!
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:00 PM GMT

    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).

    B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Political Science.

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!

    Stage Crew in Musical Theatre. Do scene changes, costume changes, and properties during live musical performances. Occasionally take on a slight Assistant Stage Manager role.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?

    Usually yes. I work with some great people, lots of gay guys, beautiful girls, very talented people, some of whom have gone on to Broadway or major motion pictures. The downside is, I don't get paid well at all (poverty pay) and work politics are getting to me. Lots of backstabbing and drama in the theatre world.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?

    25-60. Depends on the week and the show. Tech rehearsal weeks before a new show opens I work a lot. During the actual run of the show, my hours are much lower. The lack of stability and pay are really getting me down lately, but not sure how to really move up, or find a better paying theatre job.

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    Dec 17, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI'm in the crossroads of my life right now when it comes to career choices. I pretty much have all my general studies done which means I can go in many different directions. At the moment I'm going for my Bachelor's MIT (Management in Technology) but I'm not sure if that's what I want to do. I don't know if I'm ready to live a life working behind a cubicle 40 hours a week, but I guess that's just how things work.
    TL;DR
    Do some of you mind filling out a quick survey for me? Thanks!

    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?

    I'm going for a degree in advertising and minoring in marketing. It's B.A. and I graduate in the fall.

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!

    Writing is my real passion and its what I do to make money in addition to crappy part time jobs. I actually have someone interested in buying one of my scripts now.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?

    I've been writing professionally for a few years and the only thing I hate is the in-between time waiting for another gig.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?

    It depends on the project.

    All for now. Thank you!
  • Sportsfan1

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    Dec 17, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    1. B.A. Spanish/History
    2. M.A. Education
    I taught school for 34 years. Retired 3 years ago. Like any job it had it's good moments and it's bad moments. Overall it suited me just fine. I have no regrets.
  • bryjeepguy

    Posts: 186

    Dec 17, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).

    B.S. C.S. - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
    M.S. C.S. - Master of Science In Computer Science

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!

    Computer Science Research Scientist I - Wrok at a university, as a programmer, server administrator, research lab manager (manage student that work in the lab and help their projects), teach a small project class, and do demos for our corporate sponsors of our research.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?

    I am still trying to figure that out. Some days are good others not so much, trying to figure out how I really feel about it.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    50 to 60+
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    BA in Russian History and Political Science
    MA in National Security Studies
    JD

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    I've got a full-time job plus two part-time ones. My primary job is as a lawyer for the government but I also coach crossfit and am a Navy reservist.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Yes, I enjoy all three but for different reasons. My main job is pretty much reading, writing and thinking. I don't necessarily interact with very many people during my day and when I do it is mostly by email or if I'm getting briefed on something. Coaching is great since I get to interact with lots of different people doing something that should be fun. My Navy time is just something that I enjoy doing.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    It depends....as little as 48 hours and as many as...well, it's been 12-16 hour days recently so....alot.
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please)
    BA Spanish and International Studies, and currently studying audio engineering

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    I work in licensing and royalties, making sure that record labels pay all due royalties to the songwriters. Did my undergtad have a hand in me getting the job? Yes. I work with a lot of latin and foreign labels and societies. So let this be an example of how you can tie seemingly differrnt degrees and industries together. You just gotta work harder to make it happen. IT. is probably the most versatile and nimble field although you might end up in a cubicle

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    I work a 9-5 in a cubicle, so although I consider this to be "paying my dues"
    , I really do feel blessed because it is pretty interesting (although tedious at times) and is a great way to help me schmooze with other peeps in the industty. In a few more years, I will probably be loving my job.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    35 + 5 hrs lunch
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 17, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    I didn't make it all the way to the third grade for nothing!
  • thisguy023

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    Dec 17, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    Doctor of Psychology (European version of a PhD)

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Director of Strategy at an Ad Agency, writer, speaker.
    I help clients to work out what marketing campaign they need and make sure we produce it.
    I write books, articles and plays on the side. And talk about them in public.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Absolutely. If you can handle the stress, it's great fun.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    No clue. It doesn't feel like work, so I don't count them. If you start counting the hours, maybe you are in the wrong job.
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    Fashion Arts diploma

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Wardrobe Stylist, I've only been working pro bono so far. I collaborate with photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to produce editorial style photoshoots. My job is to pick out the clothes and then purchase them for the shoot, and then return them afterwards.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Mostly, lol. Sorting out returns can be a hassle sometime.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    I basically make my own hours. If I have a photoshoot planned, I can spend around 2-4 hours pulling the clothes, and usually the shoot will take 4-6 hours. The most I've done so far is 2 shoots in one week.
  • FredMG

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    Dec 17, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Seasonal / part time Archaeologist (9 months full time 3 months part time)


    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Yes, 85% of my work in the summer is hiking in the woods - about 30 hours a week.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    From April - Nov/December 40/week - compressed work week four 10 hour shifts.

    Because I served in the Navy I've never been impressed with the officers that came in with Information Systems Management Degrees. They seemed to think they knew all about IT systems, never took the time to read the Navy doctrine on IT, and would get bent out of shape when they their requests for changing IT systems would get denied.

    I also wouldn't recommend an Anthropology degree for someone who has to pay off student loans and needs to make a good salary - It took 4 years of working 6-month seasonal gigs AND veterans' preference to get where I'm at, and I'm netting about 19k/year from my archaeology job.
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    Do some of you mind filling out a quick survey for me? Thanks!

    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    BA - Bachelor of Arts in English
    MA- Master of Arts in 19th Century Literature
    PhD ABD - Doctor of Philosophy in History of Text Technology and Visual Rhetoric (All But Dissertation)


    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Most recent major job was a HIPAA regulatory compliance officer for an IT company, creating and enforcing policies and procedures to make sure the company complied with federal regulations.

    Right now, though, I'm a fitness writer.


    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    The compliance thing paid the bills. I love fitness writing.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    As much or as little as I please. But I set aside 30ish hours to do my work and set daily, weekly, and long term goals for myself.
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:06 PM GMT

    Do some of you mind filling out a quick survey for me? Thanks!

    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?
    I have a BS in business admin, focus on finance and accounting. Going for my MBA hopefully next year, I have interviews next month so here's to hoping!

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    Right now I do billing for a hospital. It pays the bills. Before that I was a financial and business planner, specializing in llcs and domestic partnership planning. Trying to work for investment management firm in equity research.
    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    Finance, yes love it. Current job not so much.
    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?

    A little over 40 but I'm used to 50-60 hour weeks.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 17, 2012 6:07 PM GMT
    Do some of you mind filling out a quick survey for me? Thanks!



    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    1a.) If you don't have a degree: why or why not? What are you pursuing?
    I have a BS in Business & Finance, a BA in English and a JD in law. I also have my Series 7 and some additional investment related designations such as my LUTCF and CFS.



    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!

    I am a financial advisor, I run an investment firm

    3.) Do you enjoy it?

    Really enjoy it overall, it has its pitfalls, but love working for myself and with my clients. Most are very nice people with only an occasional issue. Because much is "market based", national and economic events can add a challenge at points.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    Absolutely depends on the week and the time of year. Right now isn't a terribly busy time for me, so I'm spending about 40 hours... my busy periods require addtional time, so it wouldn't be odd to spend 50 at all
  • Medjai

    Posts: 2671

    Dec 17, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    1.) If you have a degree... what is it in? (Abbreviation and full title please).
    I have a degree in culinary arts, and as a sommelier. I don't think there's a proper title/abbreviation for that.

    2.) What do you currently do? Job title and short description please!
    I'm a student again. I don't feel I can make the impact I want to from where I'm at, so I've returned to school to study dietetics.

    3.) Do you enjoy it?
    I love it.

    4.) How many hours a week do you usually work?
    I study. 40-50 hours a week. When I worked as a chef, 60-80 hour weeks were not uncommon.