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#1 barefut

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:32 AM

Me, I went to college to become a waitress! :P

Seriously. I have a BA in Sociology. When I graduated I didn't like any of the jobs I was applying for. I moved to the Olympic Peninsula and started working at a golf and boating resort.

I started at the front desk and ended up in conference services working mostly in banquets. I supervised up to 17 servers and set up crew for events serving up to 350 guests. It was physically and mentally demanding work but I loved it. Mostly I loved the people I worked with. Some became like family.

Quitting was one of the hardest things I ever did but we came under new management and I was not being treated fairly. I quit when I was 5 months pregnant and never went back. Have been a stay at home mom ever since. Some things are meant to be.

I started my in home preschool last year and loved it. Don't have any kids enrolled yet this year. Am applying to supermarkets. BLAH!

So, what did/do you do?

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:45 AM

Barefut,

That's quite a list of employment you've got there!!! Me, I'm just hairdresser. Have been for 18 years. I almost had to quit due to the ulcer I had on my finger a couple of years back, and then again last January, I came very close to starting my disabiltiy papers. But both times I've been very fortunate in receiving treatments that worked very quickly for me.
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#3 LisaBulman

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:27 AM

I went to college too. BS in communications... That is a bachelor of science but others might disagree. I graduated, couldn't find a job in my major, got stuck in retail, moved to office work at a large insurance comapny, worked my way up into sales, then I left after I had my second baby. My dr said I would probably kill myself if I kept going the way I was. That was a hard adjustment...60 hrs in the office to at home with two kids!

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:56 AM

I'm a teacher of 30 years!!! It sounds frightening when I put it down like that.

I love teaching or did up till a few years ago when my health seemed to go downhill a bit & at present am off sick but will probably return to work in October.

I work in a very challenging school & its now taking its toll on me, was working up between 52 & 60 hours a week. Needless to say my stress levels were sky high! So hoping to go back doing part time because I simply can't keep that up anymore.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 09:51 AM

I have a Masters in Health Administration/Public Health. I've been in the medical business for ummmmm 26 years, oh my, I'm getting old. I also have a nursing degree. I own a consulting firm that caters to operational issues for community health clinics and some private practice.
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:19 AM

What a varied groups of professionals!

Lisa - I don't think your life has changed much. You still run yourself ragged! :D

I retired in 2003 from teaching at the local community college after 25 years. I taught everything from robotics to team building skills. Eight months after retirement I was diagnosed. Bummer! So much for retirement. In 1995 I started my own consulting business and have worked for several manufacturing companies to develop and implement training programs. I also work as a technical writer for educational and industrial applications. I'm currently working on a project to develop educational materials that teach students all about MEMS - those little devices that sense and analyze things as small as an atom. We are VERY close to being able to use ONE DROP OF BLOOD to get all the information needed for a complete bloodtest. No more vials of blood, just a small *****. Won't that be nice!

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:40 PM

I am a cosmetologist (trained to do hair, skin and nails). I loved it! Vee, it's like hanging out with your friends all day long! It sure does get tiresome but it really is a fun career. Another perk is you get all your treatments for free :)

My last job was working for the county government. I was the Real Estate Records Manager. That was actually fun too, but talk about changing professions.

Now I am volunteering for a small dog rescue and it can keep me as busy as I want it to. I love it!

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 09:26 PM

I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design in 2004. Designed logos, brochures, books and anything printed for 3-years before I "retired". I am now a watercolor artist, professional sleeper/semi-professional medical patient and mama to a sick kittie, Ari.

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:39 AM

I was an art teacher (elementary school) for 27 years before I retired on disability in 2004. My disease hit me like a ton of bricks, very sudden kidney failure, and the disability package they offered was too tempting not to take. I miss the kids and the socialization of the job but not the actual work. I dream about it often enough to say I am still working part time!
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:58 AM

I have nearly four years of college course work but never got a degree.My first major was in sociology/psychology. I was a VISTA volunteer in the Lower East Side of Manhattan for a year - enough to know I was in the wrong field. I joined the Navy where I trained as a photographer. I took a couple of years out to have two beautiful babies, then I worked in manufacturing for nearly 30 years. In my last job I was a manufacturing engineer/production manager for a company which made extremely large computerised test equipment. I left this job in 1997 to try my hand at writing while living with my new husband in Scotland. I tried to get work in my field of expertise, but there was none, so I became a legal secretary. My illness forced me to retire in 2005. Since 1995 I have hosted online writing groups, designed several websites and published several online and two print literary journals. I had to give this up when I got sick, too. In many ways the time I spend here is a substitute for that.
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 06:50 AM

<<I am now a............professional sleeper/semi-professional medical patient.....peanut.>>

And one with a good sense of humor!!!

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 08:54 AM

Peanut, I love you. You always make me smile.

So Ari is still sick? What's she doing?
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 08:55 PM

It has certainly been interesting reading all the responses to this post. As for myself, I graduated from Penn State University in 1985 and then went to law school at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. After graduating law school in 1988, I became a prosecutor and worked as a prosecutor for approximately 5 years, prosecuting everything from minor misdemeanors to murder cases. It was hard to make a living being a public servant, especially with 2 kids and a mortgage, so I took the plunge into private practice in 1992. In 1996 I was asked to come work with an attorney I had previously clerked for during law school and have been with him ever since. My partner has been exceptionally accomodating to my illness, especially during this past year, where I was out of the office nearly 6 months due to my stem cell transplant in North Carolina. Although I have a stressful job, it is so much easier when you like and get along with the people you work with. Anyway, that is my story.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 07:49 PM

Hey everyone. Hope everyone is feeling OK tonight. I haven't posted for awhile, but I've been reading often. When I saw this forum, I felt like chiming in.
I always wanted to work for an independent newspaper when I grew up...Well, I'm 38, and I'm a layout designer/copy editor for a small independent newspaper, so I guess that means I've grown up, but I've learned that "independent" means broke dysfunctional, and quite often you're the receptionist, janitor, courier, etc., all at once. I guess you have to be careful what you wish for.
Actually, I love it most of the time, and I make my own hours, work at home if I don't feel well, take time off whenever I want, and can run out and pick up my kids whenever they need me. I really have a lot to be thankful for. They are helping me through my Carpal Tunnel/ulnar nerve issues, and have been very supportive through the mess of the last year as I was getting diagnosed with Crest. Plus I got a raise today!

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 09:31 AM

Wow, this has been interesting reading...guess Scleroderma knows no barriers..me, I have had many jobs..from retail to corporate accounting...I presently have the ideal job, still in Fianance, working from home for a blue chip computer company. Flexibility is an understatement! I keep expecting the bubble to burst.
The job involves constant email contact with coworkers and customers, so by noon time, my fingers are pretty painful, and then throw an ulcer into it, and those are the days that are very long! My husband and I are planning on "retiring" in two years,,, we have a farm in Northern Maine, which we are trying to turn it into all Organic, in the hopes of making enough money to get by on. The whole family is involved, which is wonderful. My son and his fiance are planning on moving up there in the spring to be on the farm for the entire growing season, and to start building their house,,,,,also on the farm.
My only fear of moving up there are the very cold winters, and being shut in for days at a time..but, that happens down here as well, so we will see. My Rhem. thinks this is nuts, and urges us to consider wintering down south...that may have to happen, as my raynaud's and joints get worse each year.
Anyway, mine is pretty boring, but I have loved reading about everyone else!Keep it going!
Patty

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 12:26 PM

I have a Cosmetology license also. I have never worked in a Salon. When I first got married and was finishing Beauty School, my husband said he could support us and he didn't want me working. I thought that was so sweet. But, I wanted to help. He didn't want me doing other peoples hair, especially men. So, he LET me do family members hair over the years. I ended up down the road having more men than women. They paid better came more often and told exciting stories. Plus, having 3 sons and their friends, I was always busy. When my sons were older my local pharmacist was desperate one day for me to help out when I was in picking up a few items. So, I stay around for a few hours counting pills for him. Sticking on labels and answering the phone. Then he asked if I could come back for a couple days until he could hire a girl or two. So, I said sure. I enjoyed the work so much after the 3rd day I said how about just hiring me? He was so shocked. I stayed there for over 10 years as his lab tech / girl friday. Our partership ended when I moved out into the country about 1 1/2 hours away. Within 2 months he sold his pharmacy to the big conglomerates. He didn't want to go through the young girls and theft and he felt like he was starting over. That made me feel so good. He is now retired and living in Florida. We see each other a couple times a year. I loved my job. I couldn't take the stress today though. Sheryl
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 05:39 PM

Waitressing, housekeeping and ironing... all for others, while I was in high school. Ten years of sales experience... in various departments... then I went to college for three years and loved it! Unfortunately, it was not to be... that I continue. So, I went on to be a receptionist/secretary, purchasing agent for a school supply over the next five years. After that, I drove school bus, keeping the same routes... for five years, with high school students and kindergarten children.... They were all great kids and I enjoyed it, but it was time to move on to working with my hubby... which I did for ten years. I really have to say... how special it was for me... to be able to work with him! (On September 20, we celebrate our 21st anniversary... and I'm very happy about that :D ).

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 09:39 AM

I am a jack of all trades... LOL! I have done alot of jobs in my life. Now I'm just me trying to find what I really want to do, I went to college but you know you never get to do what you went to college for, the money spent for us to get a beeter job is silly when most of us actually don't do what we went to school for. OH well enjoy life and take each day as it comes, Sam
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:35 PM

wow :o I guess I'm the only bum I am a home health aide for the elderly and disabled in short just a house keeper but I love most of my clients dearly they realy make my job worth doing the worst part is when I lose one of them :( there are some truley special people in this world Smiles to all Betty

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:48 PM

Bum? Not in my books, sweetie. :)
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