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What do you do for a living?

Do you like your job?

How many times have you changed careers?
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I write security and encryption software for IBM. I've worked here for 11 years. I like it well enough, but am starting to have an itching for a new location. Before that I was in college(92-98), and did interns or full time jobs for Intel(fab tech), Philips semiconductor, NASA, and Best Buy. Before that I was in the US Navy(88-92). In highschool I worked for Dions Pizza, was a projectionist for AMC theaters, and Taco Bell.

I've worked full time everyday of my life since I was 17, even during college and I've never been fired/laid-off from a job.
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I am a copy editor for Gartner. We provide information and consulting to help tech (and lots of other) companies run their businesses more efficiently. I enjoy my job, and I work with lots of very smart and funny people.

I also work at home, which is a mixed blessing. It's always casual day. I can leave my desk to move the laundry along so I don't have to do it on the weekends. I can keep a close eye on my father, who has a bunch of health issues. You can yell and curse as much as you need to when something isn't going well.

On the downside, it's lonely, and it's difficult to get help, either from tech support or my peers. I miss people a great deal. To make matters worse, Comcast is our local ISP. It charges top dollar for marginal Internet service.

You guys have replaced the office "water cooler" for me.
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I'm working in Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence. My company implements Oracle Retail in companies such as Tesco, Lafayette, Morrisons, Casino, etc.

It's pretty interesting, the office and the people I work with are very cool.

It's my first job ever.
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I've been a business to business sales person for the last twenty years. I sold Xerox from 1990-2002 as an employee of a Xerox contract agency. I left the agent program, as almost everyone did between 2000 and 2002 and sold Sharp, Toshiba, Konica Minolta and Panasonic for 3 different companies from 2003-2008. Since January of 2009, I've been a Xerox employee through one of their subsidiary Xerox Global Imaging Systems branches. I sell Kyocera Mita, HP, Lexmark, Okidata and Duplo products as well as Xerox. I cover the East End of Louisville and 6 rural counties.

BTW, this company, Better Quality Business Systems is the best I've ever worked for in terms of depth and breadth of customer and sales support.

There was a four month period in 2008 in which I tried inside sales for computer training school but I hated being at a desk 8 hours a day.

From 1973 through 1989, I was in the mens retail clothing business, the last ten years, 1979-1989, I ran a fine mens clothing store until nearby factory outlet malls and Wal-Mart made it untenable.

From 1971 through mid-1973 I was an Assistant Manager and at the end, an Area Trouble Shooter for Pizza Hut, Inc. I was a corporate Renfield instead of a franchise flunky.
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zorazen wrote:
What do you do for a living?


I write and maintain software for flight simulators. Currently I work at Barksdale AFB maintaining the B-52 sims.

My career has been odd, especially when you consider that when I was in college ('75-'81, off-and-on) I originally studied chemical engineering, then later moved into Petroleum Technology and Geology.


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Do you like your job?


It's not bad, and it sure beats the alternatives: After 9/11 I was laid off from a commercial flight-sim company and the only work I could find that paid enough to make it worthwhile was as an Assistant Manager at a fast food restaurant.


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I haven't really changed careers; everything I've done in software has been some form of real-time code -- mostly Fortran at first, but now C and C++. Besides flight simulation -- both commercial and military -- I worked for several years for a company that supplied hiring data to trucking companies and MVRs (motor vehicle reports) to insurance offices. I also maintained a database and monitored the daily data processing (VAX DCL) for a large car rental company.
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I am retired

my current goal is to make my tax footprint as small as possible

if I say more, Octavian will move this thread to RSP soblue

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At the moment, I'm contracting at a healthcare system's computer help desk. I like it well enough, but it's overly-structured place and not much money. I've been a webmaster (in that particular case, that meant part web admin, part HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Perl hacker), bookkeeper, book store supervisor, and PC support tech. I have vague thoughts of trying to get into radio or voice-over work, but I'm not sure how to start, especially being a victim of this crappy economy.
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I'm a mining engineer. Decided to be an engineer of some sort in high school, Mining paid most and had the best chance of a job. Haven't looked back, really (it was a good call).
I'm good at it - and that goes a long way to it being enjoyable.
Changed careers - never - refused promotion (because it was into a job I wouldn't enjoy) - several times. Including just last week.
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I do graphics and marketing design for several comapnies that make things like pool covers and tents.

I've been here 3 years or so. I love the job.

Before here I was doing the same work for a bankruptcy aid company that was destroyed for illegal activity for a year.

Before that I did similar work designing bills (like the bill you get for NYTimes and TV Guide) for a company where I worked for 14 years.
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I've worked full-time since I was 16 years old and put myself through college by working full-time, temp, and part-time.

I haven't really changed careers too much, maybe a couple of times, but basically the work is closely related.

I'd say more, but then I'd have to kill you. ninja

I have a good job.

Do I like it? Meh.......it pays the bills and I don't hate it!!!!!
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I work as a Security systems analyst for a medical college. Been here about 18 years and fell sorta ass backwards into the postion. I started out as a receptionist/word processor and impressed the IS department enough to get in there and move my way up over the years. I actually really enjoy my job as it really fits to me. I'm a jack of all trades, for the most part (but my security stuff I'm an expert at) I get to deal with people which for me keeps things interesting.

I also really like my co-workers and boss.

Before this I was an Expiditer for a company that made circut boards for the military (8 months) and prior I was in the US Navy (87-91) as a Yeoman. I have had many little, bit jobs. Lights/roadie for a band, US census taker, janitor at a church, physical security for events, maintenance at a hotel, binder/flunky at print shops, day camp counselor for 15 nine year olds for a summer (which spurred me to join the military).

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I do the graphic production (that includes printing almost anything anywhere, vinil cutting, laser engraving) for a company that produces Museum Exhibitions.
I work here since November 1998, and before that I only worked for 9 months during EXPO 98 (world exhibition), right after I ended the University.

I ussually like my work, I just tend to start hating the subjects of the exhibitions I work on.
For example now I have a strong hate for European Still-Life Paintings.

And last year in June I become a Creationist, at least until we ended the Darwin exhibit.
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I'm an IT deskside technician among other things. I've work as a contractor through IBM for J&J since I graduated college in 03. The job is very easy and I like the people but there are no benefits and no chance for advancement. I've been complacent about it because it pays the bills. Recently they cut our pay back because of the economy. Now I'm considering moving to San Diego next year to switching things up. Maybe go back to school and learn something new.
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I opperate a marina and storage facility. Since pleasurecraft are luxury items, in hard economic times they are the first thing people stop paying for. Being in the boating business in Michigan right now is similar to being tied to the railroad tracks while the train chugs toward you; you know the end is approaching and you are powerless to avoid it, you can only watch in amused fascination and hope it won't hurt too much.



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tickmanfan wrote:
I'm an IT deskside technician among other things. I've work as a contractor through IBM for J&J since I graduated college in 03. The job is very easy and I like the people but there are no benefits and no chance for advancement. I've been complacent about it because it pays the bills. Recently they cut our pay back because of the economy. Now I'm considering moving to San Diego next year to switching things up. Maybe go back to school and learn something new.
Do it. If you've had no advancement since 2003 and you think your job is easy, you need something new.
This is coming from someone (I did say, a few posts back) who has refused promotion - but you need to be doing things that are challenging. Otherwise you're wasting yourself.
I refused the promotions because they were into management positions, which in my view, actually required less skills than the job I was doing. I also had a pretty good idea that I was earning as much as the management job payed.
But if you're stagnating, that's a different proposition altogether.
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I am a web architect & lead web developer for a legal software firm. I like what I do very much. As with any job there are plusses and minuses but for the most part I am satisfied.

I have really only switched careers once per se. My degrees are in geology and I worked as a petroleum geologist for a couple years out of grad school, then switched to I.T. for reasons having nothing to do with the job itself. I've had a variety of positions and technical foci since switching to I.T. (in-house development, consulting, Java --> .NET --> Silverlight etc.) but I've been doing development in some way shape or form for over 10 years now.

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I will describe my job in the order of importance to me:

* It pays the bills
* I work in the same building as my wife (we can carpool & have lunch together)
* I have my own office with a door, and a big window
* It pays much more than earlier said bills
* ummm.
* I occasionally get to write interesting code (mostly C++ and Java, sometimes other like Flash, SQL, html)
* They recently put in a stupid, overpriced, but VERY tasty single serve at a time coffee machine
* ummm...
* cool and interesting coworkers
* that's about it.

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tickmanfan wrote:
I'm an IT deskside technician among other things. I've work as a contractor through IBM for J&J since I graduated college in 03. The job is very easy and I like the people but there are no benefits and no chance for advancement. I've been complacent about it because it pays the bills. Recently they cut our pay back because of the economy. Now I'm considering moving to San Diego next year to switching things up. Maybe go back to school and learn something new.


San Diego is lovely but hugely expensive to live there. Just sayin'.
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BoB3K wrote:

* They recently put in a stupid, overpriced, but VERY tasty single serve at a time coffee machine



Do we work in the same building?
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I am an active job-seeker...

Before being unceremoniously laid off in October, I was an award-winning communicator, specializing in internal/employee communications (but also, working in executive comms and external/PR).

Prior to that, I spent about 10 years as an editor for a variety of B2B magazines. I also am one class short of a Masters Degree in English Education -- which has come in handy through my internal communications work (which is all about employee engagement and training, etc.)
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Ludocrazy wrote:
I am a copy editor for Gartner. We provide information and consulting to help tech (and lots of other) companies run their businesses more efficiently. I enjoy my job, and I work with lots of very smart and funny people.

I also work at home, which is a mixed blessing. It's always casual day. I can leave my desk to move the laundry along so I don't have to do it on the weekends. I can keep a close eye on my father, who has a bunch of health issues. You can yell and curse as much as you need to when something isn't going well.

On the downside, it's lonely, and it's difficult to get help, either from tech support or my peers. I miss people a great deal. To make matters worse, Comcast is our local ISP. It charges top dollar for marginal Internet service.



Gartner does some great reports involving communications -- aren't they based in Conn.? I'd thought of applying to some positions they have, but I live on LI, and I never like to assume (or suppose) that a company is open to telecommuting as an option.
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Cringing Dragon wrote:
Do it. If you've had no advancement since 2003 and you think your job is easy, you need something new.
This is coming from someone (I did say, a few posts back) who has refused promotion - but you need to be doing things that are challenging. Otherwise you're wasting yourself.
I refused the promotions because they were into management positions, which in my view, actually required less skills than the job I was doing. I also had a pretty good idea that I was earning as much as the management job payed.
But if you're stagnating, that's a different proposition altogether.

Yeah, I got to get out of here or nothing will change. It's kind of scary to think about but I believe it's for the best.

dietevil wrote:
San Diego is lovely but hugely expensive to live there. Just sayin'.
I'm aware of the expense and the traffic but ohhh the weather. It's sooo... not here.
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