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Hygiene Mama
07-16-2007, 12:54 AM
Do you like your job? What would be your dream job?

I have 3 jobs right now. They're all on-call positions. I'm a Nursing Assistant at a Nursing Home and I love it! I am also a Behavioral Specialist (fancy name for a "babysitter") for a group home that houses TBI residents. I don't really care for that job, it's kind of boring and not challenging. Then I just got a job as a Home Health Aide and I haven't worked there yet. Starting August 27th, I'll be a full time college student again in my last year in Dental Hygiene school. Oh...I have 3 kids and a hubby too (full time job!)

My dream job would be working with the elderly somehow. I love my job now, but it's too hard on my body. I'd also love to be a travleing Hygienist, working in nursing homes and in the homes of the elderly, providing education in dental hygiene and also cleaning their teeth.

Knitting_Guy
07-16-2007, 01:00 AM
Trucker for the past 11 years. My primary degree is in electronics and I spent 13 years in the engineering industry (telecommunications) as an engineer, technical trainer, and in management, as well as two years as a high school teacher, and I enjoy the trucking far more than anything else. I pretty much do what I want, when I want, and get paid to ride around and look at the scenery. Nothing better than being a paid tourist.

Beats getting a job.

SabrinaJL
07-16-2007, 01:42 AM
I was a home daycare provider but we moved recently. Hopefully, I'll be getting back into it within the next few months. Right now all I do is knit and homeschool.

saracidaltendencies
07-16-2007, 01:52 AM
I quit working (outside the home...lol) when I was pregnant with my daughter. Though it's been tough as can be, financially, I decided long ago I would stay home with my kids, whenever I had them, probably because my mom stayed home with us kids when we were little...So, my main "job" is mommy...lol...However, hubby and I started an at home business doing photo restoration and manipulation but it hasn't proved to be a source of income (well, with the exception of my only customer, my dad...hahaha...who wanted me to restore and old wedding photo of my mom...I tried to refuse payment but he and my mom forced me to take it...lol)...Other than that, I've knit some things that people have bought, but, that didn't last long either :( I recently completed an at home creative writing course and have a creative writing diploma, and I am currently taking an at home photography class in hopes of not only fine tuning my photography skills, but, also possibly having photography be an extra source of income. I also do a ton of web graphics and web sites, but, those are mainly just hobbies...Basically I try to occupy myself with my hobbies (when the kids allow it...hahaha) and hope, one day, they will prove fruitful...I don't think I could ever go back to a job job unless absolutely necessary...

mel.b
07-16-2007, 02:15 AM
I'm a Speech Pathologist (Speech and Language Therapist). I like my job because it's really rewarding to have such a positive impact on so many children's lives. Another aspect I like is the 'portability' of the job - we are very much an 'in demand' profession and I have just got a job in Ireland! That means shortly I'll be packing up and moving overseas for a couple of years. I've always wanted to work and travel.

My dream job though would be to run a dive travel agency where I would get to go on several (many:roflhard:) diving holidays a year to check out the resorts and diving so I could recommend them to my customers. I love organising holidays and I love diving so this would be perfect! If I was creative enough (and good enough!) I'd love to be a professional underwater photographer.

My long term goal though is a volunteer (or semi-volunteer) speech pathology position on a tropical island so I can work during the day and dive after work and on weekends:lol:

Mel.b

winterblues
07-16-2007, 03:29 AM
I've been a meat packer, shoe store assistant, sandwich maker,
office clerk, typist, receptionist, security guard, crowd controller, I.T. administrator... and now home-maker. I'm sure I missed a few.
:shock:

My dream job would have to be the owner of a yummy yarn store.

:muah:

leedsfan
07-16-2007, 04:05 AM
I dont work due to health problems,i am a stay at home mum instead.

Ronda
07-16-2007, 06:50 AM
I'm a medical transcriptionist and editor. It's okay - sometimes a little boring.

figaro
07-16-2007, 08:11 AM
I am a stay at home mom and have been for just over 5 years now. I intend to stay here with the kids until the youngest (18 months) is in school all day and hopefully I will know what I will do then! Before I was a SAHM I was a receptionist for a temp agency for just a few months. But before that I was a assistant facilities cooridinator for a IT company. That was a job I loved, I started there as a receptionist for the building with all the techies in it, then the Facilities Manager asked me if I wanted to work with her and get a hefty pay raise! I jumped at it and stayed there for a year until they laid off both of us along with half the company.

nonny2t
07-16-2007, 08:21 AM
I no longer work and am a lady of leisure! :lol: I was a stay at home for 18 years until both my kids were out of high school. My husband was career Navy and they needed someone at home, I thought. Financially, it was horrible, but the kids had a stable life that way, at least. I went to college for the first time at 38 years old, did 2 years of my therapy degree, found out I would really need to continue through my doctorate to do what I wanted and decided :shrug: So, I worked with the developmentally disabled for several years, got burned out, worked as a file manager for a law firm for 7 years and really liked that. When we moved, I did a 1 year stint in an office and though I liked it, I hated the office manager and quit a week before she got fired! (I always was a day late! :lol:) So, I now stay at home with my pets and knit and enjoy my old age years. My husband has an excellent paying job, enough so he can take me to Vegas every year so I am happy. It leaves me time to enjoy my grandbabies!

marykz
07-16-2007, 08:26 AM
I work for the Feds. I'm a biologist, and I work at the Patent Office. my focus is in a fancy sounding field: bioinformatics. Basically wherever biology or chemstry and computers/ information tech cross.

I used to work at the bench doing "real" science. I've also done my share of burger flipping, clothes- selling, babysitting etc.

Dream job- where they pay me and give me generous health benefits and I don't have to do any work- isn't that from Dilbert? LOL- really, I like my job very much. Lots of reading and legal bits, but well compensated and with gov't benefits. and they let me work 75% time.

Stiney
07-16-2007, 08:59 AM
I'm an Assistant Editor for a publishing company. I like it, though it's not the kind of publishing I really would like to do.

Dream job would be to work on a poetry journal or for a literary fiction publisher, or to quit and open up a book store. (Normally, I'd pick NYC/Boston/San Fran for the location, but I was just on vacation in the Outer Banks, and that's sounding mighty tempting right now, too. :teehee:)

auburnchick
07-16-2007, 09:01 AM
I'm currently working part-time as a computer technician in a private business.

When I first got married, I worked at Auburn University's library (so cool to be on campus). Then we moved when dh finished his degree. I worked for a government agency and worked my way up from word processor to computer help desk technician.

Then I got to do my dream job -- SAHM. I did that for eight years and volunteered at the kids' school a ton. This was my favorite time!

I went back to work part-time to help offset some of the tremendous expenses associated with my daughter's soccer training and travel. I worked at a law enforcement agency as a records clerk -- totally mundane work...spent hours and hours at the copier machine and acquired tons and tons of paper cuts -- my LEAST favorite job.

I've also worked at a preschool (this was o-k-a-y). The last three years, I've worked at a school as their computer technician. I just got my current job as a summer job, but I may stay on permanently. They seem to like me, and I really like them, and the pay is almost double as what I make at the school.

Ultimately, my choice in jobs has always boiled down to my having a flexible schedule for my kids. I always want to be home with them in the afternoon, when they get home from school. I also need to be able to travel on Fridays to get to soccer tournaments.

I'm taking college classes and plan on getting my teacher's certification. I'm hoping to graduate in March and be teaching by next fall.

I've always wanted to be a teacher, so once I do that, I really will have fulfilled my dream.

Jax3303
07-16-2007, 09:38 AM
M-F I'm a SAHM, Sat & Sun I'm a part time cashier at Michaels.

Silver
07-16-2007, 09:54 AM
I'm a housewife primarily, which IS a job. But I don't get "paid" for that one, so I have to do other things to earn my spending money.

I've been a freelance graphic artist for over 10 years and am also the artist for a little business card and stationary design company. I do the art and my business partner does the selling which is great because he doesn't know squat about graphics and I hate face to face selling. I also do websites, company logos, digital art and the like. It's mostly small beans kinda stuff, but I have a few good ones under my belt including work for Coca-Cola Co.

And I'm also a knitting teacher at my local Joann's Superstore. I work for a couple hours on the weekend, plus all the stuff I "have" to knit for class. It's pretty close to my dream job. It would be perfect if every class was filled to max. But even just one student is worth my time. I LOVE teaching knitting.

vaknitter
07-16-2007, 10:22 AM
I am a physical therapist and certified orthotist (I make braces for kids with scoliosis, spinal cord inj., CP etc). I do enjoy work, just not the insurance companies and beaurocrocy (sp?) of it all.

My dream job is to be a SAHM working per diem as a PT to support my yarn and travel habits. I get bored easily so could also be talked into teaching a knitting class or working at Joann's.

psammeadred
07-16-2007, 10:23 AM
I'm a research technician in a lab that studies alcoholic liver damage, wound healing, and diabetic complications. It's a great job for a science geek, but there is a TON of down time, which isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds. I've done a little graduate work, but I'm not sure if I want to dive headfirst into the alligator-infested murky swap that is a Ph.D. program!

My dream job would be to knit for the Harry Potter movies!

Belphoebe
07-16-2007, 11:04 AM
For the past 14+ years I've been a special education teacher at the junior high/middle school level. Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but I love that age group. :happydance:

Sanibelle
07-16-2007, 11:14 AM
I am the manager for Residential Lending for a bank in NY. I love my job. I work with the nicest people and for a great company.

I have been doing this for a really long time. There is so much gratification in helping someone get into their first home. When I got my first job in this business it was through a temp agency and I did not even know what a mortgage was. Now, 28 years later (I was 12 when I first started!!!!!) I cannot imagine doing anything else.

PaperGirl
07-16-2007, 11:21 AM
Since 2000 Ive been a SAHM with occasional forays into the work world with DH.

I used to work with the papers as bookkeeper, but I sucked at it. I hate math, and I had to go to work when the office was closed, so it was lonely and boring.

This fall if my youngest starts PreK, it will be the first time in 7 years I havent had any children in my house during the day..and Im thinking about getting a job with DHs company.



Funny....now that we face the prospect of ME going to work, DH asked me the other day...
"Can I quit and stay at home while YOU work?"

I looked at him and sais "HELL NO. Cause While YOU worked these past 7 years, Ive been raising 3 KIDS. You cant just step in when they all go off to school. Thats not fair. For it to be equal to what I did, we have to have 2 more in 2 years so you can do diapers, feedings, potty trainings, and everything else I did in those 7 years."

He shut up REALLY fast. And learned REALLY quick that I do NOT appreciate the idea that the past 7 years have been a vacation from the workplace for me.


*whoops..sorry*

iza
07-16-2007, 12:35 PM
I work for the Feds. I'm a biologist, and I work at the Patent Office. my focus is in a fancy sounding field: bioinformatics. Basically wherever biology or chemstry and computers/ information tech cross.

Mary your job does look fun! Bioinformatics is SO COOL!!! My boyfriend says all the time if he could go back in time, that's what he would choose to study! :teehee:

I've been considering working for the Patent Office too (the Canadian one of course) or being a Patent agent. However, even if they officially encourage people with a multidisciplinary background, I don't really "fit" in their categories. :shrug: I did my undergrad in physics, my masters in astronomy and my Ph.D. in image processing/computer vision (in electrical engineering). I graduated in May!:cheering:

I found recently a job as an independent consultant for a company. It's not really what I wanted because it's an open contract on a month-to-month basis. I'd prefer something more stable but I'm acquiring experience and the job is actually very interesting, so I can't complain!

My dream job would be a job where I feel I'm highly competent. I'm not bad at my job, but in research, there are always stuff you don't know how to do, and I always feel I'm somewhat "incompetent". Sometimes I wish I could have a job that doesn't involve learning an entirely new field every 2 months.:shock: I guess with experience I will get better... At least I like what I do, so once I get a bit more experience I will probably feel more confident about my abilities.

Samsam
07-16-2007, 12:43 PM
My job hmmhmm?
I'm a student!

Yeah and you guys are some interesting jobs!:muah:

marykz
07-16-2007, 12:50 PM
Mary your job does look fun! Bioinformatics is SO COOL!!! My boyfriend says all the time if he could go back in time, that's what he would choose to study! :teehee:

I've been considering working for the Patent Office too (the Canadian one of course) or being a Patent agent. However, even if they officially encourage people with a multidisciplinary background, I don't really "fit" in their categories. :shrug: I did my undergrad in physics, my masters in astronomy and my Ph.D. in image processing/computer vision (in electrical engineering). I graduated in May!:cheering:
.

It is very interesting- something new all the time- the field moves so quickly!! And don't give up on the Canadian PO- the engineering fields here are really hot and they are constantly looking for experienced people. here they are willing to teach you the legal side if you have the science background. I do find patent law really challenging and a way to keep the brain nimble....and Congrats on the graduation and the new job!

cheesiesmom
07-16-2007, 01:27 PM
I've been a legal secretary since I graduated from high school (42 years ago). Took off for 5 years when my DS was born and 3 months when my DD was born. It's been good to us and our family finances. I'm probably looking at retirement in the next 6 to 12 months. Not too sure I'm going to like that, but I'll have more time to knit.

debinoz
07-16-2007, 01:34 PM
I've never had a job job, but I did work with my dad in his few businesses before he died.

First was the meat market. Boring and it stunk. Really. I always got roped into grinding the meat for ground beef.

Next was the ceramic shop. I poured the molds until the day one of the molds (about 20lbs.) fell off the top shelf and landed on my head. I spent 2 days in the hospital.

Last was the feed store. That didn't last very long for me because I messed up my back carrying out a 50 lb. bag of cracked corn. Most of the people that came in there carried and loaded their own stuff. But there was this one guy that always came in and ordered the same 200 lbs of feed and didn't lift a finger to help.

Now I'm a SAHM even though all my kids are in school.

dreamsherl
07-16-2007, 01:46 PM
I'm a high school special education teacher. I'm the computer applications teacher. Love it.

bellium
07-16-2007, 01:55 PM
i am a veterinary technician. my dream job would be a veterinary technician who makes a decent salary!

ADAllen
07-16-2007, 02:06 PM
I'm a graduate student. I work part time in our campus sponsored programs office. (That is where the faculty turn for help finding funding opportunities and writing grant proposals)

UnspeakableJoy
07-16-2007, 02:29 PM
I work for the convention & visitors bureau and I :heart: my job! I work in the convention sales department, so I bring in organizations to our city for their annual conventions, meetings, etc. It's a wonderful job, I always know what's going on in town, get freebies for events, concerts, festivals ... and I get to do fun things like be in a photo shoot this morning with my kids along the lakefront! :happydance:

threesmom
07-16-2007, 04:25 PM
I'm a counselor on an inpatient mental health unit for children and adolescents ... and I love it. I sometimes wish it were a little more challenging, and I wish it were more regular - I work per diem, so I sort of fill in a few times a week - but it's one of the best jobs I've had in a while. Before kids, I worked with abused women, their kids, and abusive men, and I also spent some time working with rape survivors. I liked that too, but I think I got a little burned out after a while. And in the fall I start a post grad marriage and family therapy program, so I can finally get license to practice therapy, and I'm really psyched about that.

I'd like to say I am a total SAHM, but I'm not - I finally made peace with myself that I like to work a little - even now when they are young. I sometimes feel guilty about it, but I think I appreciate my time more with them when I'm away a little.

jjminarcik
07-16-2007, 07:09 PM
Currently, I'm a Lady of Leisure. :teehee: Or I guess you could say I'm a Stay At Home Animal Mom. :teehee: :teehee:

I have a degree in Marketing, but decided to get married and enjoy being married instead of having a demanding career. I've worked lots and lots of retail, in an insurance company call center for claims, and for a homeowner's insurance adjusting firm. We just moved and I had to quit my job and I havn't really been looking for anything here. I think I'm going to try my hand at volunteer work. That way I can really do what I want without all the corporate crap. :thumbsup: I'm actually going to check out a no-kill animal shelter tomorrow and see if they're accepting volunteers.

angel4ever
07-16-2007, 07:24 PM
I'm in the education profession. I have been teaching for the past three years. I am currently a preschool teacher. I love my job but it is very tiring sometimes, lol. Prior to this, I taught English to adult international students. I enjoyed doing that as well. I love to teach and I hope one day I will be able to teach knitting as well.

orcoastknitter
07-16-2007, 07:47 PM
I have had many jobs over the years. I have worked as a escrow secretary to a warehouse receiving tech. I am currently working for a small publisher. I work in circualtion/subscriptions. It's not my idea of fun job. It can be very slow at times (like now).

My favorite job of all time was working as a financial aid administrator. I loved meeting with new students and going over their financial responsibilities. I have worked for a medical training school, radio broadcasting school and a large private university.

Vendie
07-16-2007, 08:41 PM
I'm a research librarian in a corporate library. My subject specialties are biology, chemistry and business.

Marykz - I almost did a grad program in bioinformatics...or was it cheminformatics....shoot I don't remember right now. :teehee:

JessicaR
07-16-2007, 08:52 PM
I'm a cake decorator currently working for a retail store. My dream would be to do wedding cakes from my home someday.

IBAmyB
07-16-2007, 09:06 PM
I work at the Transportation Office at an Army post. When Soldiers get orders to move to a duty station I arrange to have the packers/mover come to their residence and move their stuff. I also arrange to have stuff delivered for the people coming to our post.

I love it! I love working with the Soldiers (and Sailors, Airmen, Marines and DA Civilains that we help!)

Phaedra
07-16-2007, 09:14 PM
I'm a accounts payable supervisor for a gov. agency. I was an English major in school (18 yrs ago) in N.H., and always wanted to become a librarian.

BinkyKat
07-16-2007, 09:38 PM
I currently work as a CSR for Medicare Part B Provider Call Center. I'm trying really hard to like it...after working at USBank for 11 yrs starting as a phone rep, to a Invoice Services rep and then finally a Fraud Case processor. I went to school for Medical Assisting and worked in a bank :??
My growth ability is better at this job and since I got my foot in the door, I would like to refresh my ma skills and take some coding/billing classes. I wanted to go into Medical Transcription. I would have loved to work from home doing that.
Because of allergies, I had to give up working as a floral designer. I miss the work but not the holidays. Unfortunately, around here, the pay isn't too good for that. I would love to own a teashop where I could do a little arranging on the side. I would also love to be a housewife. I would die to stay home and clean and organize and do what I want when/if I want:happydance:

tootie44
07-16-2007, 10:20 PM
I used to be a special ed teacher, like Belphoebe, at the HS level. I also like that age group (mostly!).

My son had a serious illness, and is now permanently disabled so I had to quit to take care of him.

KnittingNat
07-17-2007, 04:04 AM
I graduated last year with major in Comparative Literature and minor (? i don't know how to call it :)) in Linguistics and i do something completely different for a living. I've been working for almost 5 years now in an asset management company of the Hebrew University. I started there after i finished the army. First as a secretary, then moved to managing computerized archive and filing in it. That i did as part time job through the degree and now i'm working full time, mostly assistant to the asset manager and also do the archive. I deal a lot with contracts, payments, real estate stuff...

mulene
07-17-2007, 05:54 AM
I think I'm doing my dream job really. I don't like to boast or brag about it but I have a great job. I work in a music publishing company, its small there are 5 of us. I am officially copyright & royalties manager by title but I am basically number 2 in the office, I am co-ordinating a building purchase for our chairman and stepping in as office manager.

I've just been given a company car (I was headhunted and now have a car which was a joint purchase between the company and myself), and both the chairman and my boss personally asked that I stay working for them.

I am lucky, I'm respected and liked and I love my job. I can come in late and work late to make up the time, they know I will get the job done and that I'll work hard.

Stuff does really get on my nerves sometimes, such as a specific member of staff who has attempted to have me fired several times. However, that person has gone down in the estimation of the others due to their behaviour. Everyone has said they really didn't ever want to see that side of that person and they really never thought that person had a side like that.

I've been here 6 years and hope to be here at least another 6! =D

zkimom
07-17-2007, 08:12 AM
What a group of fascinating people we are! I've just spent some time reading through what everyone does when they aren't knitting and I am impressed! We are a well rounded bunch.

Here's mine:

Over the years I've worked with handicapped children (I was a paraprofessional for the NYC schools while I went back to college,) been a massage therapist in a health club, waitress, sandwich cook, house painter and lawn mower -- not in that order.

I got my degree in Textile Design from F.I.T. in NY on my second attempt at college when I was in my late 20s -- the first attempt didn't go well at all so I tried again when I was more ready and willing.

I never did work in the field but have relied on my design experience ever since.

After I finished at F.I.T. I started working in business graphics. I've worked as a production coordinator for meetings and events and then worked as a computer graphics artist until I was pregnant with my first child.

Since my kids were born, I've mostly been at home but I have also been a childbirth doula (I worked at a local hospital and also done a couple of home births,) a photographer and partner in my husband's Communications company. I do some design work for him and also some CD/DVD/video production.

Our latest project is a photo gallery that we just opened up this weekend. We are hoping to have an online presence as well -- we expect that most of our sales will be web based but it's nice to have the store front presence IRL.

I'm also working on getting my certification as a knitting instructor from the Craft Yarn Council so I will be teaching some beginning knitting classes in the fall.

That's me in a nutshell.

Looking forward to finding out more about you all!

Best,
Susan

geekgolightly
07-17-2007, 10:05 AM
I thought there would be more nurses!

I'm a nurse. I am on a weekend work program (work every Sat and Sun and get paid as if full-time) on an ortho floor, which is not my dream job, but I am able to stay at home with my son M-F.

I am training to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, which would not replace my weekend job. It's an oncall position, as most SANE RN positions are. I will work the forensics on rape and sexual assault cases. It's a weird thing to want to do I guess, but the idea that I will be responsible for gathering the evidence that will convict rapists is very empowering. I hope to also be able to say at least one thing to the victim that makes him or her a survivor instead of being stuck in guilt and shame, which so many do. I did.

beckyrhae
07-17-2007, 10:15 AM
I did hair for 12 years but suffered big time burn out. I had a great clientel and I loved my job but I'm definately one of the "wild and crazy" hairstylist and I sometimes had a hard time fitting in at a salon.

I'm now a shift supervisor at Starbucks. I am slated to be an assistant manager within 3-6 months and then run a store within 2 years. I'm not in any real hurry to run a store as a SM but that is in my future :)

My husband is a History and Speech teacher for 7-9th grade. He is working on his Masters right now with his PhD to follow.

I know I will be moving around for him so my job is really for the fun and little extra money :)

zkimom
07-17-2007, 10:35 AM
I thought there would be more nurses!

I'm a nurse. I am on a weekend work program (work every Sat and Sun and get paid as if full-time) on an ortho floor, which is not my dream job, but I am able to stay at home with my son M-F.

I am training to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, which would not replace my weekend job. It's an oncall position, as most SANE RN positions are. I will work the forensics on rape and sexual assault cases. It's a weird thing to want to do I guess, but the idea that I will be responsible for gathering the evidence that will convict rapists is very empowering. I hope to also be able to say at least one thing to the victim that makes him or her a survivor instead of being stuck in guilt and shame, which so many do. I did.

Not weird at all. I have so much respect for nurses. I worked in a hospital as a doula and loved most of the nurses there (ok -- there were some who should have retired already but for the most part they were a kind, caring, hardworking bunch.) Nursing seems to me a very under-appreciated profession. To be there for a person in such a vulnerable position is truly admirable.

Kudos to you!

Susan

larudden
07-17-2007, 10:51 AM
It's so cool to see what everyone is up to when they're not knitting or crocheting!

Now for me: Before I had kids, I worked in an insurance agency as an undewriter. It was OK but man! the bonuses were awesome!:lol:
Once my first child came, I stayed home. As the kids grew, I got involved in theatre and singing and became a singer in a trio doing country club gigs and private parties. I LOVE THAT! So I've been doing that on and off since '95 or so. Great money, especially New Year's Eve! :woot:

My husband left (finally!) so I got a part time job managing a scrapbook store. Then I was asked to go on staff at a local church to help them start their new contemporary service. I was a Worship Leader and part of the planning team for 5 years and really got burned out due to some really bad micromanaging. Not good. I married my soul mate in '01 and continued at the scrapbook store for another year. I started melting glass in '03 and am still doing that, making handmade glass beads which end up being prayer beads, rosaries and, now, the ends of knitting needles and crochet hooks. I'm still a Worship Leader but it's a volunteer position providing enormous spritual rewards. I love it!

We relocated to Orlando a few months ago and I decided that 30 years was a long time to want to work for Disney so, now, I work 2 days a week in Mouse Gear, the big retail store at Epcot. Talk about a fun job! The pay sucks but I get free park passes and a nice little discount which will be a nice big discount during the holidays. I love getting down on the floor and making the kids laugh. I'm pretty wild and crazy, which I think surprises all the kids that work there because, at 48, I am totally uninhibited and love to make fun of myself. It's like being back in the theatre.

My dream job: I'd like to be a missionary. If I wasn't married, I would probably move to Honduras for a while. I've been going there for the past 2 years, doing the music for a week long Bible school for 200-300 children. I don't really speak Spanish so it's a blast to try to make myself understood. The children are a dream and I want to take them all home.

I'm getting ready to embark on a mission project for an orphanage in Belize, 16 girls ages 8 to 18 who have been removed from their homes as a result of sexual abuse. For some reason, the police are very slow to act because, apparently, sexual abuse isn't at the top of the no no list. Imagine how bad it has to get before the girls are removed. I've decided to fly down there (a guy at church is an Agape Flights pilot) and teach the girls to knit! Eventually, I'd like to have a small cottage business that can provide a small income to the home. I've been asking everyone I know to send me old, beat up drumsticks, which I am turning into knitting needles and crochet hooks. These beaten down pieces of wood become new again, which is exactly what I hope to be a part of in the lives of these "beaten down" girls. I'm flying to CA to do an art show in Catalina w/my best friend, also a lampworker. She's going to sell her jewelry and I'm going to bring my sticks. Hopefully, people will embrace my project and I'll be able to provide each of the girls with a knitting bag filled with everything they need to get started.

So, that's me in a very big nutshell. Boy, I DO carry on, don't I?:waving:

jodstr2
07-17-2007, 11:49 AM
I've been a secretary at a government defense contractor since August 2000. currently I divide my time between admin support to a director and a sr mgr, and managing the technical training budget for one of my division's business units.

since graduating high school I've been: a registration cashier at my hometown university, a merchandiser for a coffee distributor, a flower shop grunt, a deli assistant manager, a telemarketer, a receptionist, a sales support lead, a shipping/receiving/inventory clerk, and a short term office temp (mostly receptioning or filing).

at home I'm a stepmom, cook, maid, chaffeur, tutor, etc...

we hope to have a baby in the next 5 years or so and for me to be able to cut back to part-time work. being a SAHM is not something we can afford - besides, my employer is the source for the medical and retirement benefits for spouse, spawn, and I.

brownishcoat
07-17-2007, 12:48 PM
I am a database designer with a specialty in documentation. I am a government contractor.

IrishKnitter
07-17-2007, 01:01 PM
I'm a teacher. I teach 7th and 8th grade American History. 99.9% of the time I really love my job. Kids this age are still enthusiastic and enjoy coming to school. They love acting things out, creating historical skits, etc. They don't have the "too cool for school" attitude that some high schoolers get.

Every so often, it can get frustrating, as all jobs can. But most of the time, there's never a dull moment! :teehee:

Itsabtme
07-17-2007, 01:15 PM
I am an accountant. It wasn't something that I always wanted to do, I was just good at it and didn't have the grades for the medical field.

I've always dreamed of being a stay at home mommy, but I guess that would take children and since I haven't quite accomplished that:pray: that job is probably out of the question.

Stiney
07-17-2007, 01:43 PM
I'm a teacher. I teach 7th and 8th grade American History. 99.9% of the time I really love my job. Kids this age are still enthusiastic and enjoy coming to school. They love acting things out, creating historical skits, etc. They don't have the "too cool for school" attitude that some high schoolers get.

Every so often, it can get frustrating, as all jobs can. But most of the time, there's never a dull moment! :teehee:

Unfortunately, they haven't all discovered deodorant yet. :rofl:

I was a counselor/life guard (liff gaurd!) at a summer camp for three years. 10-12 year olds were my favorite.

ChroniclesofYarnia
07-17-2007, 04:03 PM
I homeschool my kids and stay at home, which is certainly a job unto itself. I also knit for a shop, and get commissioned by individuals. It brings in quite a bit, which is nice since it supports my habit and I can get the kids into dance lessons and such.

I still haven't figured out what my dream job would be. I'm not the type of person who really settles down into one thing.

jcmom
07-17-2007, 04:20 PM
After various odd jobs, I've got the best one yet. I'm a homeschooling stay at home mom. I don't ever regret the time I've spent with my kids and we've been at it going on 13 years. Also leaves some time for knitting.:happydance:

DianaM
07-17-2007, 05:31 PM
I've been.....licensed therapist, librarian, cashier, jewelry sorter, floor stocker, cook, resident assistant and I'm now working as a CNA.

Going to school for nursing.

snephenie
07-17-2007, 05:52 PM
I work for an ISP, I do some tech support and Sales for VOIP.

geekgolightly
07-17-2007, 06:18 PM
I started melting glass in '03 and am still doing that, making handmade glass beads which end up being prayer beads, rosaries and, now, the ends of knitting needles and crochet hooks.

I'm getting ready to embark on a mission project for an orphanage in Belize, 16 girls ages 8 to 18 who have been removed from their homes as a result of sexual abuse. For some reason, the police are very slow to act because, apparently, sexual abuse isn't at the top of the no no list. Imagine how bad it has to get before the girls are removed. I've decided to fly down there (a guy at church is an Agape Flights pilot) and teach the girls to knit! Eventually, I'd like to have a small cottage business that can provide a small income to the home. I've been asking everyone I know to send me old, beat up drumsticks, which I am turning into knitting needles and crochet hooks. These beaten down pieces of wood become new again, which is exactly what I hope to be a part of in the lives of these "beaten down" girls. I'm flying to CA to do an art show in Catalina w/my best friend, also a lampworker. She's going to sell her jewelry and I'm going to bring my sticks. Hopefully, people will embrace my project and I'll be able to provide each of the girls with a knitting bag filled with everything they need to get started.

So, that's me in a very big nutshell. Boy, I DO carry on, don't I?:waving:

1. do you sell your beads online?
2. i think what youre doing with those girls in belize is amazing and the allegory of the drumsticks is truly beautiful. :muah:


zikimom,

i started nursing school to become a midwife but got sidetracked bc i didn't like the structure of the hospital deliveries and nurses in hospital seemed so against much of what i practice, so i never got around to it. didn't have the stomach for formula encouragement and massive vaccinations and no kangaroo care etc etc. being a doula sounds like a great job, though, and i wish i had done that. i think i would have been very satisfied. i love doulas.:heart:

Quiltlady
07-17-2007, 07:45 PM
My favorite job was when I worked in the Activity Dept. of a nursing home.:muah: I LOVED it. I brought laughter, sunshine and a lot of spunk to that job and the wonderful residents. I worked there for three years. I've had other jobs before and after that..but that one will always be my favorite. I know when I was there I made a difference. It was a real ministry not just a job. I got to love many of the residents. I even scrapbooked quite a few pages on them. They all have passed on now.:cry:

I'm a lady of leisure now and I like that a LOT.:cheering:I don't miss working outside the home now.:lol:

Krystal
07-17-2007, 08:27 PM
I am a burger flipper... only not literally since there is no flipping involved in cooking the burgers. :teehee:

I work for McDonald's full time. I have worked for the company 4 years in September, 2 years at my current store.

I love my job. It's the people I don't always like so much. I don't think I will ever leave this job, and I also don't believe I will rise up in the company. Becoming a Swing manager/Salary Manager/Restaurant Manger or higher just seems like a lot of work for not very good pay. I love my current job because I am in the kitchen, behind the scenes doing my thing. I couldn't imagine being responsible for customers and having to work up front and be in charge. There is only one position I would accept at my work, and that is "Breakfast Coordinator" they are the breakfast manager, and the only manager that has a set Monday to Friday 6am-2pm shift. Even the Restaurant Manager has to work weekends and random hours (close one night, open the next day) which sucks. But it isn't likely I will be asked to take a manager position because I work too hard as crew (it's hard to find hard workers who take a McJob seriously) , and I don't drive and never will drive. (You need to have a license and car)

But my dream job, varies. I would love to be a teacher, but that would require moving since the teaching scene here is crammed full.

If money were no object I would be a SAHM and when they were in school full time, I would also love to have an animal sanctuary. Work with the humane society and create a wonderful place for the animals to be safe and loved till they find a home. (No more cramped cages in cramped rooms reeking of pee)

it's nice to dream.

auburnchick
07-17-2007, 09:26 PM
I'm a teacher. I teach 7th and 8th grade American History.


This is exactly what i want to do when I get my degree in March! I just LOVE history! :hug:

geekgolightly
07-17-2007, 09:35 PM
Krystal, my husband worked in the restaurant business for most of his adult life and he was also always behind the scenes and enjoyed it. You could probably make more money working in a sit down restaurant in the kitchen. In fact, as a station chef (aka line cook) you can make a good wage, and you'll never have to deal with the bullcrap of being a manager or dealing with customers. I know that McDonalds doesn't pay all that well... at least in the states. I don't know how they pay in Canada, but most people who decide that they love that line of work go on to restaurants. You get better food at fancy places too, for free!

1knittychick
07-17-2007, 10:00 PM
For about 12 years I worked in the mortgage banking industry as a loan processor/closing specialist. I had a "mid life" crisis at 38 and decided I wanted to be a teacher. I've been teaching for 5 years and love teaching--just don't like where I am. (my children attend another/better school.) I have also had careers in being a medical receptionist, bank teller and stay at home mom.

Krystal
07-17-2007, 10:17 PM
Krystal, my husband worked in the restaurant business for most of his adult life and he was also always behind the scenes and enjoyed it. You could probably make more money working in a sit down restaurant in the kitchen. In fact, as a station chef (aka line cook) you can make a good wage, and you'll never have to deal with the bullcrap of being a manager or dealing with customers. I know that McDonalds doesn't pay all that well... at least in the states. I don't know how they pay in Canada, but most people who decide that they love that line of work go on to restaurants. You get better food at fancy places too, for free!
oh if I ever left fast food I would never get into the "real" restaurants. The work is more and the pay around the same, plus I most likely wouldn't have the job security or hours I get where I am. (McD is the only place not laying off it seems in my city right now. They cut the hours, but I still have a job! woot)

McD's is the highest paying of fast food in Canada, (25 cents over min wage i think, making the starting wage 8.25) But I am well above that now, and my particular work place gives me a 25 cent raise every 6 months (Most stores will NEVER give the 25 cent raise, and stick to the 15 cent raise)

In honesty I wish there wasn't anything "degrading" about fast food, but there is. Especially when people find out I have a diploma in web design and could be making 20 bucks an hour or more in Toronto.... lol they just don't get how I am happy to flip burgers.

I am the only person I know personally who enjoys their job, and doesn't dread Mondays. I'll deal with hovering around the poverty line to be happy. :)

cinnamon_girl
07-17-2007, 10:38 PM
Wow! What an interesting thread .. got me thinking it might be time for a career change soon.
I was a stay at home mom for a number of years. When my kids were in school I worked in the floral industry as a floral designer for 10 years.
My marriage ended and I found working for someone else in a flower shop didn't quite cover the bills, not to mention the long hours required around the various flower holidays. So I went back to school and came out with a BS in HIM (Health Information Management) aka medical records. I currently work as a compliance auditor reviewing primarily Medicare hospital charts for accurate diagnostic and procedural coding to ensure appropriate payment. And yea, I saw Sicko. There has got to be a better way.

Susan

geekgolightly
07-17-2007, 11:08 PM
oh if I ever left fast food I would never get into the "real" restaurants. The work is more and the pay around the same, plus I most likely wouldn't have the job security or hours I get where I am. (McD is the only place not laying off it seems in my city right now. They cut the hours, but I still have a job! woot)

McD's is the highest paying of fast food in Canada, (25 cents over min wage i think, making the starting wage 8.25) But I am well above that now, and my particular work place gives me a 25 cent raise every 6 months (Most stores will NEVER give the 25 cent raise, and stick to the 15 cent raise)

In honesty I wish there wasn't anything "degrading" about fast food, but there is. Especially when people find out I have a diploma in web design and could be making 20 bucks an hour or more in Toronto.... lol they just don't get how I am happy to flip burgers.

I am the only person I know personally who enjoys their job, and doesn't dread Mondays. I'll deal with hovering around the poverty line to be happy. :)

oh. here if you work as line cook, you get 30 - 40k a year. sous chef even more. but thats top of the line. i think in chain restaurants 20 buck plates, its more like 26-30k for line cook. fast food gets 6 - 10/hr depending on what part of the country you are in. i think some even less.

Krystal
07-18-2007, 12:08 AM
oh. here if you work as line cook, you get 30 - 40k a year. sous chef even more. but thats top of the line. i think in chain restaurants 20 buck plates, its more like 26-30k for line cook. fast food gets 6 - 10/hr depending on what part of the country you are in. i think some even less.
I am probably thinking of other restaurants then, but I am in no way a chef. (I just tell people I am :teehee: ) I just make the big macs the way they tells me. I wouldn't be able to handle the demand of actually cooking things... no way.

IrishKnitter
07-18-2007, 12:16 AM
This is exactly what i want to do when I get my degree in March! I just LOVE history! :hug:


Very exciting, Nathalie!! :cheering: It's nice to find other people who love history. Any time someone tells me that history is "boring," I just tell them that they never had a good teacher who could make it interesting!

dustinac
07-18-2007, 10:50 AM
I stay at home with my son and daughter... my son is in school now...not sure what I wanna do when they are both in school I will need a flexable schedule as we don't have family or know anyone that could take care of our kids like after school or school holidays... entering the work force again is like :ick: to me...

My dream job would be to open my own yarn shop and I always thought it would be fun to run a bed and breakfast...I also took some sign language classes way back when and really enjoyed that so think about going back to school and then getting into the school system... :shrug: I don't know what I wanna be when I grow up...

threesmom
07-18-2007, 10:58 AM
In honesty I wish there wasn't anything "degrading" about fast food, but there is. Especially when people find out I have a diploma in web design and could be making 20 bucks an hour or more in Toronto.... lol they just don't get how I am happy to flip burgers.

I am the only person I know personally who enjoys their job, and doesn't dread Mondays. I'll deal with hovering around the poverty line to be happy. :)

I think it's great that you're so satisfied with your job! I've only felt that way about 1 or 2 of my jobs, and I've had more than a few. And I hate the way we degrade certain jobs or attach stereotypes too - I mean it's about the person, not the job, right? It a part of who you are, not the ONLY thing. I struggled with that for a long time when I was younger - you know, have to be or do a certain job so you're "accomplishing" something. Stupid. I wish I could have those days back now. :???:I didn't appreciate it at the time. I even now sometimes miss all those years I spent waitressing, sleeping late, lounging all day, working late at night, big wads of cash. Although now a dream job, I think, would be raising my kids, sheep and golden retrievers on a small hill overlooking some water. Or family therapy. Or going back to work at a flower shop. Whatever comes first.

So I think, Krystal, when you tell people what you do, you should say it with enthusiasm "I'm a BURGER FLIPPER!!", and smile a sly secret, confident smile telling them you know something they don't!:teehee:

Sewing Angel
07-18-2007, 02:42 PM
My primary job is SAHM. DS just turned 18 and will be attending college soon and DD is 15. She is disabled and requires a lot of care. She is sweet and loving. I have home schooled my kids for the past 6 years. I have enjoyed it more than I can express. My son has been a great help and has grown into a thoughtful and caring person. He is really creative, so thats been a lot of fun. My "part time" job is selling my creations at craft fairs. I make jewelry from ostrich egg shells, sew broomstick skirts, kids bath towels and what ever else I come up with. Its a great creative outlet and I get to be around other adults.
This is a great thread to learn about our other board members.
Angel

auburnchick
07-18-2007, 04:44 PM
I stay at home with my son and daughter... my son is in school now...not sure what I wanna do when they are both in school I will need a flexable schedule as we don't have family or know anyone that could take care of our kids like after school or school holidays... entering the work force again is like :ick: to me...


I highly recommend getting a job in the school system. You could work as a paraprofessional or even a cafeteria cook. The wonderful thing is that your day is short, the staff is accommodating, and you have holidays off with your children.

LoAnnie
07-18-2007, 04:57 PM
I am a Chemical Process Engineer. I know some of you are thinking "Boo, hiss, Earth Killer!" But it's not really like that. Designing refineries and chemical plants has a lot to do with figuring out how to make emmissions less to fall within government guidelines. Also we're working on Ethanol and Biodiesel plants for alternative fuels.

Dream job....professional sleeper

Carrie218
07-18-2007, 05:04 PM
I own and run an ISP (Internet Service Provider) from my San Francisco apartment. The upside is that I make a shitload of money which buys me lots of cool yarn, great wine, and fabulous dinners. I also technically only "work" about eight hours a week

The downside is that I don't interract with anyone on a day-to-day basis and being in my mid-40s, have had a hard time making new friends in a city I have only lived in for about 18 months. I'm a pretty eclectic, bohemian girl.

Prior to this, I was a freelance food and wine writer (having gone to cooking school and trained in the wine industry), a technical writer (pre-9/11 Dot Com bust), and jeweler (I have an MFA in Metalsmithing).

I still dabble in making jewelry but mostly spend my days managing my few accounts, making sure my networks are up and running, and knitting while watching movies.

I'm still lonely, though.

Jen17
07-18-2007, 08:26 PM
This is a very interesting thread and I've enjoyed reading about all of you.
I currently (and probably alway will, in some shape or form) work for Weight Watchers. I got talked into it after I lost 77 lbs. about 3 years ago. I really love my job. I think it is the most enjoyable one that I have had so far.
I went to nursing school 12 years ago and had to leave 1 and a half semesters before graduation. I herniated a disc and had to have surgery. I have had a total of 5 surgeries and they want to do another one. I get around because I wear a "pain patch" which really helps, but I've got to get this fixed so I can get on with life.
I just work 3 or 4 meetings a week and would consider going full time in the future, but it doesn't pay well and my hubby and I have to save for retirement.
I would love to hear any suggestions that anyone has. I would like to return to school for something in the medical field, but doing something that doesn't require lifting or bending. Or maybe not even medical hmmm, have to keep thinking!
Thanks,
Jen

bah
07-18-2007, 09:20 PM
I currently work for the Navy as a research associate conduction influenza surveillance onboard Navy ships.

My background is in environmental science/geology and when I was living in the states I worked as a geologist for environmental consulting firms cleaning up gas-stations.

When we go back to the states I want to become a massage therapist, as well as get my masters in public health.

ironmaiden
07-18-2007, 09:47 PM
I've been a SAHM for 3 years, before that I was a tutor at my university. I am actually applying for my first "job" since my daughter was born tomorrow :D. I've finally gotten burnt out with being at home all the time!

jjminarcik
07-19-2007, 01:00 AM
Dream job....professional sleeper

:roflhard::roflhard:

If you hear of anything like that, keep me in mind, too! :teehee:

Susan P.
07-20-2007, 11:59 PM
One thing I've just done was to write questions for a children's game show and then review script and verify questions others had written. It was a real insight into a world that has so many checks and balances and double checks. It was interesting although tiring at moments.

One other thing I do more regularly is to examine PhD works are articles. I've done 5 this year from a South African university and it is fascinating reading socio-cultural comments about apartheid and what has emerged after that. ALSO wonderful to hear a first person's narrative about spending a week with Nelson Mandela and their impressions of him. I laugh at times at the typos I make here - perhaps I just relax here - because in examination mode I notice everything.

Susan P.
07-21-2007, 12:00 AM
See? LOL "works AND articles" :sleepy::sleepy:

robynbird
07-21-2007, 07:32 AM
I am a Correspondence Assistant for a Christian Radio Network. The best part of my job is that I get to work from home. I homeschooled my 2 kids for the past 3 years also but this year they are going to private.

Before this job, I was the Finance Assistant for the same organization and worked in several banks prior to that.

I love my job..it's flexible and interesting. It's always amazing to read what people write into the station. :)

laikabear
07-25-2007, 08:46 AM
Currnet job: emergency veterinarian. I work nights (6PM - 8AM) at a large 24 hour practice.

Dream job: retired? :) Nah, I love what I do. It can be stressful but I like the excitement and of course the animals. I just need more time to learn knitting!

Maureen

Susan P.
07-25-2007, 08:55 AM
Wow.. I bet you see some terrible cases tho working that kind of shift. I was only thinking recently of being a little girl and visiting my mother who then worked at a vet clinic. I used to so enjoy going there :)

stitchwitch
07-25-2007, 10:42 AM
Right now I'm a stay at home bum, I mean wife. :teehee:
I've worked in radio on air for a few years, was a dental assistant for a few years and now I sit at home and watch the stock market.
My dream job would have me travelling alot but I'm sure that would get old after awhile. Right now I'm pretty happy but sometimes bored.

Shandeh
07-26-2007, 02:16 PM
I'm a church organist and piano teacher. I've been a church musician since I was 15. Back then, I made 50 dollars a week to play. Now, my salary is much improved. I play organ or piano, depending on the needs of the choir, and I cover for the choir director when he is out.

I've been teaching piano lessons for about 10 years now. Up until then, I worked full time as an administrative assistant. I pretty much maxed out my secretarial career, and did not look forward to spending the rest of my life filing, answering phones, dealing with email and paperwork, and putting up with the attitudes of executives. I also got sick of the office politics.

The only step up I could have taken would have been an office manager, but....like I said, I hated office politics.

The last career I attempted before teaching piano was an independent insurance agent. I hated that job with a passion.

So, I tried teaching piano to a few students at a private school. (A friend of mine was the head of the music department, and asked me to try it out.) I soon learned that I absolutely LOVED teaching. So, I never looked back, and held onto piano teaching as a career.

At one time, I had 60 students. That was a lot of work. Plus, I was driving over an hour each way to get to the studio. So, I gave up all of those students, and started over again in my area. Now, I have 15 students, and I'm much happier. :)

Jackie M.
07-26-2007, 08:43 PM
Librarian here :waving:

Leeseebat
07-26-2007, 10:43 PM
I am a animal caretaker at a Nature Preserve. I love it! this past week i had a porcupine in my car! haha! (he had a vet visit)

1knittychick
07-28-2007, 05:55 PM
I'm a teacher--4th grade--which is the perfect grade to teach, IMO.

remclave
07-28-2007, 07:15 PM
I am retired from the military. I was a biomedical equipment technician (medical electronics). After I retired, I stayed at home for a few years. Now I am an accounting and administrative assistant to a workaholic. It's exacting, exhausting, and sometimes frustrating but it's not electronics :woot:(Don't get me wrong, I can do all my own repairs at home and save tons of money doing so but I worried that a piece of equipment I repaired might fail and kill someone, so crunching numbers and dodging the boss's occasional ire:tap: is more relaxing.:roflhard:)

pandaca
07-29-2007, 01:16 PM
I am a volunteer development specialist with a large, international nonprofit. It's fun,but I don't see myself pursuing a career in volunteer development long-term.

I have a also been a reporter, a newspaper designer, a PR assitant for a PBS station and an Americorps volunteer for a PBS station (by far my favorite job!) and a volunteer coordinator for a small nonprofit.

I would love to get back into freelance writing, or maybe own a business. Really, I just want to be a professional volunteer. If I wasn't married, I'd join the Peace Corps. In fact, we may do that together some day but my husband is too into his career right now for that to happen.

I love reading about what everyone else does! Such an interesting group.

zip
07-29-2007, 03:36 PM
I am a beancountess and I hate it, but I'm really good at it. :???:

I want Carrie218's job in a seriously bad way.

Susan P.
07-29-2007, 11:12 PM
zip..what is a beancountess? I am missing some humour connection I suspect. :)

cristina61
07-30-2007, 02:43 AM
I'm currently a subcontractor for the state doing legal transcription, which means I listen to recorded hearings and type up transcripts for agencies such as the Department of Health Services and the parole board. I get to work at home, which is great, although it means I don't have much contact with people. Before this job I worked as a medical transcriptionist, which was fun for awhile but then got boring. I was an English major in college and didn't want to be a teacher, so this job allows me to use my grammar skills. And it helps to be a very good listener!

My dream job would probably be freelance photographer. I'm also thinking about going back to school to improve my Spanish. It would be great to be fully bilingual and I'm sure it would widen my job opportunities.

zip
07-30-2007, 10:01 PM
zip..what is a beancountess? I am missing some humour connection I suspect. :)


I count beans, aka an accountant. Don't do it. It sucks. Wouldn't "The Beancountess" be a great name for a coffeehouse? The female baristas could wear tiaras and the guys could wear... I dunno, a codpiece? :rofl:

Susan P.
07-30-2007, 10:04 PM
A codpiece..socks down the jocks LOL

I am lousy with figures so being an accountant would not do it for me. I would talk the sums to death instead :)

flea
07-30-2007, 11:31 PM
I just graduated from nursing school on the thirteenth. I start working at the hospital mid-August and then take the NCLEX after my requisite 120 hours on the floor with a real nurse.

I've been practicing signing my name with RN at the end. It makes me lightheaded.

PalmettoGirl
07-30-2007, 11:45 PM
I am a church secretary. I love it. It varies from day to day so it doesn't get too boring. I get to be creative with the computer so I really enjoy that part of it. I used to be a SAHM mom, but life got in the way and I needed to get a job. If all goes well I will be able to be a SAHM mom again in about a year. :happydance: I've really missed being at home ... besides earning a paycheck really cuts into my knitting time. LOL.

Hmmm ... my dream job ... to be a best-selling novelist.

Shandeh
07-31-2007, 12:25 AM
I am a church secretary.

I used to be a church secretary too! It was one of the most stressful jobs I've ever had.....probably because of the size of the church. There were over 2000 members, 5 pastors, and 5 secretaries. I was also the organist there, so I never left the place. That probably added to my stress level.

After that job, I went to work as a receptionist for a company in Charlotte. It was a piece of cake in comparison, because the days were more predictable.

hunterjenn
07-31-2007, 01:15 AM
I've been at home with my kids for the last four years or so. Before that, though, I worked as an editor and marketing writer for a couple of different companies. I'm a grammar nazi at heart! :teehee:

I've also worked as a freelance seamstress, an office manager, and in several secretarial positions. Mostly, I get bored at any job I have. :shrug: I always try to warn employers that I work quickly and need a lot to keep me busy. They never seem to believe me!

My dream in life, though, is to be a middle/high school English teacher. I quit the teaching program so I could get my degree more quickly, but someday I'll go back and get my certificate and possibly a Masters. In the meantime, I can't complain about being at home with my boys.

scout52
07-31-2007, 01:56 AM
I'm a lawyer for a plaintiffs class action firm. and I do pro bono aslyum.

my dream job. to be paid be a knitting pattern reviewer and/or a book reviewer.

zkimom
07-31-2007, 07:21 AM
I just graduated from nursing school on the thirteenth. I start working at the hospital mid-August and then take the NCLEX after my requisite 120 hours on the floor with a real nurse.

I've been practicing signing my name with RN at the end. It makes me lightheaded.

Congrats!

You should be very proud of yourself. Sometimes I wish I had made different choices in my life and gone to nursing school. My mom was an OR nurse.

Wear your RN with pride!

Best,
Susan

flea
08-01-2007, 05:01 PM
Congrats!

You should be very proud of yourself. Sometimes I wish I had made different choices in my life and gone to nursing school. My mom was an OR nurse.

Wear your RN with pride!

Best,
Susan

Thanks so very much! I'm excited and oh so ready to dive into my new career.

So far as choices and nursing school. It's never too late. We had many, many "nontraditional students" in our class with our oldest being - 58, I think. The largest bulk of the class were pursuing second and third careers in nursing.

cara
08-02-2007, 07:57 AM
You all do Very interesting work!

I am a Pilates Instructor. I recently completed my certification and I love it. I'm hoping to work with the local University Varsity Teams. (I have a meeting with them this morning) as well as I teach many classes around the city.
My previous job was a professional figure skate fitter and spokesperson for Riedell Skates in Canada. I am an ex competitive figure skater and used to also own my own Figure Skating boutique. The job with the skate company was sweet. I travelled all over canada marketing our products and fitting skates for the Canadian National Figure Skating team and other professional skaters.. Like Kurt Browning, Takeshi Honda, Marie-France Dubreil and Patrice Lauzon etc. :)

Lets see, I am also a volunteer Rock and Ice climbing instructor and work with a Junior climbing program.

And....I'm a mom and wife too! and that is the best job. Especially mom. :) yay!

Doublereeder2
08-02-2007, 03:43 PM
Wow! What an interesting group we are!!

I am a professional oboist who free-lances with numerous local (and not so local) groups and I teach 35 private students weekly from my home studio.

Dream job? The one I already have :woohoo:

Sharly
08-02-2007, 04:47 PM
I just graduated from nursing school on the thirteenth. I start working at the hospital mid-August and then take the NCLEX after my requisite 120 hours on the floor with a real nurse.

I've been practicing signing my name with RN at the end. It makes me lightheaded.

Congratulations!!!

Sharly
08-02-2007, 05:14 PM
I'm still lonely, though.

Carrie - this makes me so sad! :cry: Your job does sound pretty awesome though!

I've done a lot of things - worked in health insurance, hospitals, doctor's offices, veterinarian clinics, computer training center, church office, and government offices.

My job now is administrative and well below my skill level. I'm bored to tears most days. The only thing that keeps me here is my boss is great. I've been in other situations, and I keep telling myself I can handle the boredom to stay in a nice environment! Therefore, I spend a lot of time lurking here at KH! You guys keep me from getting lonely like Carrie :muah:! Just wish I could knit on the job!!

Dream job would be to own a little coffee/knit shop/no-kill shelter. But I really wouldn't want the hours or stress that would come with that!! Working from home would be ideal, but there's no way I could make up for the benefits I have here...guess I'll just stay here for now :eyes:

losnana
08-02-2007, 06:03 PM
I've been a lawyer for 25 years, mostly domestic (nice name for divorce law) and juvenile law. I started law school at age 32 with a dh, a dd and a ds. Before that I taught English to 7th and 8th graders, or at least attempted to do so. I also worked in the Reimbursement Office at a state mental hospital.
The oddest job I had was dispatching yellow cabs when I was in high school. My grandfather owned the company and hired me during the summer and after school.
My dream job would be as a "yarn fondler." What! You never heard of such a job?? Well, there should be one.

Sharly
08-02-2007, 07:46 PM
I've been a lawyer for 25 years, mostly domestic (nice name for divorce law) and juvenile law. I started law school at age 32 with a dh, a dd and a ds. Before that I taught English to 7th and 8th graders, or at least attempted to do so. I also worked in the Reimbursement Office at a state mental hospital.
The oddest job I had was dispatching yellow cabs when I was in high school. My grandfather owned the company and hired me during the summer and after school.
My dream job would be as a "yarn fondler." What! You never heard of such a job?? Well, there should be one.

:roflhard:

Wow...I bet you know a few things about stress!

scout52
08-03-2007, 02:59 AM
I've been a lawyer for 25 years, mostly domestic (nice name for divorce law) and juvenile law. I started law school at age 32 with a dh, a dd and a ds. Before that I taught English to 7th and 8th graders, or at least attempted to do so. I also worked in the Reimbursement Office at a state mental hospital.
The oddest job I had was dispatching yellow cabs when I was in high school. My grandfather owned the company and hired me during the summer and after school.
My dream job would be as a "yarn fondler." What! You never heard of such a job?? Well, there should be one.

wow a lawyer for 25 years!! i'm a newbie lawyer of only 4 years. still figuring out things they never told you in law school. like how you will drown in paper. lol.

losnana
08-03-2007, 07:06 AM
wow a lawyer for 25 years!! i'm a newbie lawyer of only 4 years. still figuring out things they never told you in law school. like how you will drown in paper. lol.

It's incredible what one isn't taught in law school - like how to do ANYTHING! Just how to find the answers and theory.

And yes, Sharly, it is a high-stress job. That's why I love knitting so much. Easy patterns are totally relaxing, and difficult ones make me concentrate on something else.

remclave
08-03-2007, 07:09 AM
wow a lawyer for 25 years!! i'm a newbie lawyer of only 4 years. still figuring out things they never told you in law school. like how you will drown in paper. lol.
With that being said, isn't knitting a wonderful stress relief?:woot:

Susan P.
08-03-2007, 08:00 AM
The question of "why" we may have taken up knitting is a good one. I was always so invested in brain work that I really wanted to do something practical with my hands. I had learned to prime a water pump and knew how to unblock the septic system and so on..but these were short jobs and soon I was back into the 'headspace'. I have learned new skills and a new 'me' via knitting. I love it :)