What do you do?

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  1. Deborah

    Deborah Executive Director Staff Member

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    Hi,

    I am curious, and over the years have posted something similar. What do you do? We have had Engineers, Doctors, Professors, Archaeologists, Students, Teachers, Real Estate Agents, Lab techs, Nurses, Housewives, Truck drivers, Ranchers, Editors, etc...... Tell us what you do as a profession.

    Or what is your life goal? What are you currently doing to reach that goal? It has always amazed me over the years -how many people with very different backgrounds come here.

    Tell us about you. :)
     
  2. Sunniva

    Sunniva Administrator Emeritus

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    Archeologist


    Hello everybody,


    I have a BA-degree in Prehistoric Archeology and am currently studying for my masters. Aside from my studies I'm on digs (which is why my studies are going sloooow :eek: but I need the money and it's great fun :D ).


    My education is aimed at the prehistory of Denmark, so that is where my future job will be. Besides from getting my masters degree I have a goal to write books; fictious works based on Danish prehistory, make it my niche teaching people about prehistory while telling all the good stories within it.


    :)
     
  3. alaskanlaughter

    alaskanlaughter Senior Registered

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    education program manager


    This is a cool thread, Deborah :)


    My official title is "assistant site manager" but that doesn't explain what I do. I work in a before/after-school program at an elementary school in Alaska. I manage all aspects of the program, including behavioral management plans, staffing, food program, lesson plans, budgets etc. My program is one of six in the city, all operated under one program. My program gets about 35 children daily during the winter and about 70-100 during the all-day summer program that we run.


    I work with children ages 5-12 and love it! I've been doing this for a little over four years now. For example, in one day I work one-on-one with intensive needs students. Then I help the 3-5th graders with their homework. Then I supervise the playground. Then I spend time planning activities. Next Monday a bird center is bringing in a redtail hawk to do a presentation for us.


    I hold an Associate of Arts degree, as well as Child Development Associate national credentials. I am certified in First Aid, CPR and AEDs.


    My other job is housewife. ;) I have two boys, ages 10 and 2. That's a whole OTHER career all in itself. :)
     
  4. Frerotte

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    I have a BA in English and a Master's Degree and a License in Social Work (MSW/LSW). I work as a supervisor for the local child welfare agency. I have also been in the Navy and worked in a steel mill and state run liquor stores.


    I love to read and listen to all kinds of music but especially music from the early and mid part of this century.


    When I was born my mother gave me the name of her mother which embodied both her grief and hope for the future - I have always been a melancholy/pensive person - perhaps that's why.
     
  5. crtrptr62

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    I have a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in child development. For many years, I was a preschool teacher. I've always loved children, and I liked the job well enough, but it was time for a change.


    My other love was words and language. I always had good grades in English while I was in school. I'm now a court reporter, and it's a perfect fit for me. It was a long, difficult program, but I did it. I love my job.
     
  6. Clivia

    Clivia Senior Registered

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    Great thread :)


    it's nice to get to know each other a bit.


    Currently I am working in customer services - ok job, which pays the bills.


    Apart of that I also worked in the legal business ( 20 years ago ) and in sales.


    We (= my husband and I ) just started a new business and are really excited about that


    Clivia
     
  7. Karoliina

    Karoliina Moderator Emerita

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    I have a Master's degree in Social Sciences (my major was Third World Studies), but I work in publishing, in foreign rights department, which means I try to export Finnish literature abroad so that you all could enjoy it, too. :D


    Karoliina
     
  8. traveler

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    I am an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and work in long-term care, mostly with the developmentally disabled.


    My eventual aspiration is to be a midwife and attend home births. I enjoy other areas of medicine and want my skills to be well-rounded, but I would truly feel unfullfilled if I wasn't actively involved with home births during my life. I currently apprentice with a midwife and I love it, but I don't think I can do this full time until my kids are much older.
     
  9. CSPaula

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    What I do


    I have a LCSW (as did someone else too!) and am working on my PhD in social sciences. I also teach, do research and write an advice column. Believe it or not I'd like to do something else sometime soon though, maybe in politics or in talk radio. I tend to get bored with the same stuff and feel like a change may be in order.
     
  10. martydee

    martydee New Member

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    Forgive my ignorance, CSPaula. What's an LCSW?


    Hi Deborah. Aside from being a writer, tuning pianos is what I do in order to put food on the table. Although, I hope that soon my writing will be all that I need in order to accomplish that.
     
  11. Kislany

    Kislany Just searching...

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    Bachelor's Degree in MIS, currently working in a telecommunications company that makes phone systems.


    I'm doing a couple of things, not very defined really. Sales, marketing, web site update, ERP, forums, blogs, etc...


    By night I'm making artisan jewelry with sterling silver and semiprecious stones, and when I don't do that, I read, meditate or browse forums such as this one :laugh: Oh and also spend time with hubby ;)
     
  12. ihearhorses

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    Currently I am a USPS rural carrier sub. and I also raise rare breed horses which is a lifelong passion of mine.


    I am striving to develope my animal communication skills along with hands on healing, esp. for horses.


    In my "spare time" I am an artist.


    Christine
     
  13. PaulAdams

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    I'm an architect (at least this is my graduation), but i work mainly in graphics as an art director for books, advertising and web.


    I have countless hobbies and interests.


    I have also a dream to escape (yes, really "escape") from Italy.
     
  14. CSPaula

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    sorry! LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. :eek:
     
  15. somkid

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    I don't like to answer questions like this, generally because my answer tends to be unbelievable to most Westerners.


    However; because I would really like to get to know this community and have meaningful conversations and perhaps learn something new I will tell you.


    I am a former Buddhist monk of 12 years, I have a medical degree (MD) which is my first degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy minor in religion, which is my second degree, and my current livelyhood.


    I went back to school a few years ago and finished my degree in psychiatry and I did an internship and then a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPA) at a level 1 trauma center and I was given board certification as a chaplain.


    I have spent most of my (un)natural life in school and now I work in one (Chiang Mai University). Although English is my first language I get more out of practice every day and it is becoming difficult to compose grammatically correct sentences let alone spell,please bear with me it's not out of laziness or disregard for proper English.


    But, none of that is who I am that's just what I have done and that being said I feel there is always time for good manners....
     
  16. Phoenix

    Phoenix Forgot to play nice

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    Somkid, it sounds as if you are doing something very worthwhile with your education and experience, not only teaching spirituality and philosophy, but volunteering your time to help people injured in natural disasters.


    If you'd asked me this same question a year and a half ago, I'd have answered that I'm a middle manager in the marketing department, and i spend all of my time sitting in my office writing press releases, copyediting, and developing the content for the corporate web site. A skilled graphic designer and writer, I was a lousy photographer, known for making auto parts look good and making people look bad. As well as serving as everyone's therapist and counselor-our company had terrible morale. At the time i'd just finished writing the manuscript for a self-help book. My plan was to do past-life counseling.


    Now, the answer is different. As a result of a whole sequences of bizarre "coincidences", I live a life that few would believe. Unless they read my popular blog on the local newspaper's website, that is. Not only am I a noted local photographer-I'm now in the middle of my second exhibit of my photographs-of people, but I'm also a notorious local photographer.


    Last September, pictures I took (by complete coincidence) turned out to be the needed evidence to develop a suspect and gain a conviction in a gang-related shooting involving a school bus full of students. I recently received a letter of commendation from the police chief for that little escapade. In addition to a lot of death threats and one (foiled) attempt on my life.


    Three months ago, I photographed gang members in the middle of assaulting a suspected member of a rival gang, resulting in three arrests. That earned me even more death threats from a new gang that hates me for snitching.


    Today, I not only write a popular local blog for the local paper's website, but I am also a very vocal member of a political action organization known as Crimewatch. I am still counseling people, only instead of stressed-out middle managers who hate their jobs or people with past-life baggage issues, I'm mentoring at-risk youth, the members of the same street gang that tried to kill me last fall. They have major current-life baggage issues.


    Friday, I'm making my first speech at a Crimewatch rally and march in my neighborhood. I've chosen "Love thy neighbor as thyself" as my theme.


    Now I understand what "walk in the light" meant.


    Phoenix
     
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  17. ButterflyPsyche

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    I am a high school English teacher. I teach inclusion (mainstreamed special ed students) and remedial.


    I have a difficult boss, but I do feel that this is where I am meant to be, at least for now.


    Not as interesting as some of yours! I am enjoying all the stories!
     
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    2 Seek Searching to Learn & Grow

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    As my name implies, I am in the process of finding my TRUE SELF. Have alot of free time but instead of using it to find what it is that I seek, my family fills it with activities they feel I need to do. :( Time and again I have asked how can they be my family because for the most part, I can not relate to 97% of them and vise versa.


    A quick background on me. I have been around animals my whole life, especially horses and dogs and I am very comfortable with them. Sometimes to the point that I'd rather be around them more than with most people. I have Native American ancestry within me and currently hold an Associates of Science Degree in Music Industry Communications because I have also loved music and interested in how the music business works and how music is made and recorded. I do want to continue studies when I can get enough money up and work on finishing with a higher degree in same field.
     
  19. Florence

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    At the moment, having retired twice....I doing what ever I darn well please!! How absolutely wonderful..


    I quit highschool in the 11th grade in order to hav clothes etc. My Mom was divorced with 5 children. In those days quite a disgrace...and we had no money. I was only 1 when she divorced.


    I went to work on the line in a packaging company and in 3 years became the foreman over about 35 people. I stayed in that position for 16 1/2 years and then retired from all the stress of middle management.


    Next...I went to work in a deli....a "Fun" job.


    My manager could have been my daughter. I had given the orders for so many years it was going to be interesting to see how well I could "Take' them. I'm proud to say I had no problem. I became the Fancy Sandwich Chef and loved working with the public. I stayed there for 14 years. Sadly my foot ended my career and my plan of working there until I was 75. I made it to 72...Darn!!


    In younger years I loved to ride horses that we rented and I could sit at the piano for hours playing by ear and playing some music I was taught by girlfriends.... My mother was a*saint...she never complained


    Now, I have discovered the world of painting. I have painted 10 scenes so far. 8 of them are of water....1 has a large waterfall and 2 are of crashing waves hitting rocks on shore. I really do love them and I put them in frames on the wall. I cannot believe that I painted them as I have had no lessons. I told my daughter that maybe a spirit painter is helping me. My paintings scared me so much I stopped and bought some painting instruction books about blending color and values etc. Oh so much to learn....


    I'm kinda waiting to calm down to a "I don't give a darn attitude" that I started with and then maybe try again.


    In the meanwhile I painted my son's room and put in a small vegetable garden. I even planted about 10 potato plants.. They are fun....


    Today My face is all swollen and blistered from an allergy to an antibiotic I was given.....afterwards I had to go to Krogers grocery to fill my prescriptions...and I looked sooooo bad. People were so nice ...they looked at me and never blimked an eye...My Doctor though, took one look and laughed in my face. The snot. I just told him I probably just overwhelmed him with my beauty..ha ha.


    Oh yes, this last August Steve (my Son) and I rescued a darling Terrier mix puppy of 4 months. Her name was Cupcake and it suited her very well. Though the influence of his older sister he changed it to Abigail (Abbie for short)


    At the Vets I registered her as "Abigail Cupcake"


    She is a sassy little creature who wants to kiss every stranger she meets. She resembles a large Yorkie Right now she is trying to sit on my keyboard and lay her head on my arm so I cannot type. I think I better play with the little scamp
     
  20. JulieZ

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    Such an amazing group of people! I always read these responses and feel like I really didn't accomplish much afterwards... *smile*


    I currently work at a Casino/Resort with the Conventions/Events that come to town. Nothing exciting - it pays the bills...and allows me to learn just how picky some famous folks are.


    Ambitions - Never really focused on one. Always had too many interests (archeology, history, geography, accounting, computers) and this is why we have lots of college credit, but no 'official' degree. Such is life... The counselors loved me!


    I'd be content to write, volunteer, travel, and just be Mom - as long as the bills continue to be paid on time of course. : angel


    Take care,


    Julie
     

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