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  • BlueElwood
    148 posts Member
    edited January 2013
    mellytan wrote:
    Career break. I quit my job to find myself. I was drowning in my job and lost myself. Plus my boss was a pain in the ****. So far, I've been traveling. The places I've been to so far are New York, D.C, Boston, LA, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne, ****, Bali, Gold Coast and in a few days time I'm leaving for Bangkok.

    Come March, it's time to get back into the job market.

    I'm a full time Administration & Statistical Officer at an education centre & I study part time but my gosh, I would just absolutely love to stop and travel the world. Even if it's just to one or two places overseas somewhere :( Unfortunately I work my * off to have just enough money to be broke :? . :shock:
  • fragrlr0ck
    88 posts
    edited January 2013
    College professor. And I do remember telling a family friend that I was going to teach at a university when I was about 11. To be fair, my parents are (newly retired) professors, so it is the family business.

    But it took me awhile to get there – I have also played in a punk band, worked as a union theater tech, and spent years working in ornamental agri-business. I am the only person in my department with a heavy equipment license. I kind of live in two different worlds.
  • wastecoatMay
    64 posts
    edited January 2013
    I'm a case manager in Florida.
    For those unfamiliar with that job title I am the person who becomes involved with a family after a child is removed (or sheltered) after a verified finding of abuse, abandonment or neglect. I then work with the entire family (when applicable) to address the concerns/issues that brought DCF involvement into their lives in the first place. We create a case plan that shows the court what services my clients will undergo and if all parties agree the plan is accepted and I create referrals for the services. I monitor client's progress (or lack thereof) and report it to the court every 5 months. Typically a parent is given 9 months to demonstrate substantial progress in their case plan otherwise they risk the court seeking alternative permanency options for the children (relatives, adoption).
    In cases were the abuse or neglect was so extreme that the children were egregiously harmed (sexual abuse, cruel and usual punishment like boiling water) the parents are brought to trial and they have to plead their case. If clear and convincing evidence can be shown to the court the judge may rule that the parent's rights to the child be terminated. There is more to the job but this is just a brief summary.

    The job can be very stressful but I find solace in knowing I am trying my best to keep children safe. Sometimes everything works out and the family is reunified stronger and wiser than before, other times a client's poor decisions or bad habits prevent them for caring for their child.

    When I was much younger I wanted to either be an astronaut (although my math skills were never on par with the likes of them and as I understand it they had height restrictions, at 6'3" my chances further dwindled) or a noir detective like Sam Spade or * Tracy (of course I didn't realize real detectives were much more boring). As I grew up my creativity flourished and I became a performer in school and later community theatre. I also discovered I enjoyed films and the art of storytelling. In a funny way I have played a detective of sorts, living vicariously through characters such as the fantastical ones I read about as a younger man. In fact I discovered I enjoyed screenwriting and filmmaking. While they aren't currently my chief source of income I am passionate about them and continue to work on numerous projects. Currently I am working on several short films for film festivals later this year.

    So that is me in nutshell. :)
  • abdoozy
    24 posts
    edited January 2013
    I'm an adventure capitalist.
  • ashleyoertel611
    38 posts
    edited January 2013
    BlueElwood wrote:
    I would just absolutely love to stop and travel the world. Even if it's just to one or two places overseas somewhere :( Unfortunately I work my * off to have just enough money to be broke :? . :shock:

    I know what you mean! When I was doing my traineeship I was getting paid about $730 a fortnight, while trying to pay my car off, pay board, phone bill, fuel, blah blah and have some form of a social life. I almost went insane :oops:

    Thankfully my current boss is very laidback and I occasionally get to travel to PNG for work. I'm also planning a trip to Brisbane in February/March for a music festival and Bali in July with my mother for her 42nd birthday :mrgreen:
  • wastecoatMay
    64 posts
    edited January 2013
    domisgone wrote:
    Wow, I go to lunch for an hour and come back to a whole lot of replies!

    I can't believe how many different types of jobs/careers there are that people here have.

    Did anyone think that was what they'd end up doing when they were teenagers? Like I wanted to be a prep-year 1 primary school teacher, before I got to high school and realised how much I wouldn't enjoy it.

    I originally wanted to work with kids. Then I wanted to get into social work. Not sure if this career is forever but it's good for me now lol

    So are you currently working in social services?
  • ashleyoertel611
    38 posts
    edited January 2013
    When I was much younger I wanted to either be an astronaut (although my math skills were never on par with the likes of them and as I understand it they had height restrictions, at 6'3" my chances further dwindled) or a noir detective like Sam Spade or * Tracy (of course I didn't realize real detectives were much more boring).

    I think being an astronaut would be awesome. I've always been so amazed with astonomy and loved it as a child. I've actually been looking into purchasing a telescope lately.

    I also wish I could be a homocide detective/something to do with criminology and solving problems. I get bored at work so I've been reading a lot of case stories about serial killers, murders and rapists through American history. I'm not weird, I just find it so fascinating that people can do those sorts of things without any remorse or regret for their actions whatsoever. I feel like it would be amazing to be able to contribute to sending horrible people to jail.
  • wastecoatMay
    64 posts
    edited January 2013
    You aren't weird, I've read my share of true crime stories as well.
    As a kid the library was my playground, especially the 000-100 section (which was where all the supernatural books were). I used to watch unsolved mysteries as a kid which kinda backfired as I would have nightmares that every kidnapper, **** and murderer (let's not forget aliens and supernatural creatures) was out to get me. Kinda made me jumpy. So I guess you might say I'm a little eccentric. That might be why I studied psychology; to better understand my fellow man (also helps with character development in my stories).

    And while I'm all for sending terrible people to jail I like to think of myself as proactive. I'm more interested in finding ways to break the cycle that turns a 5 year old child into a batterer. I abhor domestic violence in its many incarnations. I've seen families with multiple generations of clients, a terrible thing to witness.
  • A_Bad_Exampl3
    916 posts
    edited January 2013
    A drifter in the badlands of the southwestern US deserts.

    I am the official bad example at work.

    And my boss hasn't looked at me the same way since I brought in Human Monsters to read at work.
  • am4692
    2253 posts New member
    edited January 2013
    IM a Russian Cosmonauts. I am currently tethered to the international space station undertaking routine maintenance on the solar reflector panels.
  • NeoSEC28
    39616 posts
    edited January 2013
    Buyer for an Electrical Contractor & Part time Car racer :D Car racing more important to me have to say lol
    Volunteer EA Senior Moderator
  • keslover17
    60 posts
    edited January 2013
    I'm a linesman with BC Hockey and a carpentry pre-app student, with the goal of either becoming a fireman or making the NHL as a liney
  • MacJiggles
    326 posts
    edited January 2013
    I am a certified Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf... I am currently working tonight in a hospital for a patient who is sleeping and I am tapping... usually though I would be sleeping... yeah you heard right... I get paid to sleep... :mrgreen:
  • cjcccooper
    322 posts
    edited January 2013
    Avionics tech since '98 in october and spare time makeup artist for haunted house and small indie films. Think my highschool guidance counsler told me i would have a good career as a fire watcher so i got that going for me. If i get this torn acl repaired i will be playing tapped out much more. See what the MRI says wednesday morning.
  • pzarks
    82 posts
    edited January 2013
    I'm a retired ballerina and now I'm a bartender at the sweetest tiki bar in town.
  • stageshoot
    29 posts
    edited January 2013
    Still doing the same job I started in 1979 when I left school, although it has changed out of all recognition due to technology.

    Press Photographer for the UK National Press Covering Political / Theatre / Celebrity
  • kidENO
    126 posts
    edited January 2013
    Fine Dining Captain. Seriously... respect local customs on tipping. Just sayin' ;)
  • robbeaumont145
    37 posts
    edited January 2013
    Ex avionics Technician, turned software tester, turned software developer.

    Part time Fortean, husband, dad, cleaner, taxi driver, cash point ( the latter four due to four kids ).
  • bravopilot
    101 posts Member
    edited January 2013
    I always wanted to fly
    After high school to avoid the draft and Vietnam I joined the US Air Force and became a survival instructor.
    After that from the late 70's and 80's I made living from flying and selling Hang Gliders than I became flight instructor in small airplanes that lead to being a charter pilot in central California.
    For the last 20 yrs I have been to chief pilot (chauffeur) for a produce company in central California
    Sometimes dreams do come true
  • peruhomer
    1325 posts Member
    edited January 2013
    bravopilot wrote:
    I always wanted to fly
    After high school to avoid the draft and Vietnam I joined the US Air Force and became a survival instructor.
    After that from the late 70's and 80's I made living from flying and selling Hang Gliders than I became flight instructor in small airplanes that lead to being a charter pilot in central California.
    For the last 20 yrs I have been to chief pilot (chauffeur) for a produce company in central California
    Sometimes dreams do come true

    Similar story, I grew up wanting to be an economist and now I am one. Sometimes dreams do come true but sometimes your dreams are * :D
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