What is your JOB?

Jiro

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The problem is that sitting all freaking day can be quite draining. And when you get home you just get exhausted. Just try it, I'll wait. No, don't do it just for one day, do it for a whole week and we'll see how enthusiastic you are about "just hitting the gym"!

I did it. it's all in your head. get motivated. that's why my weekends are filled with activities. and I'm in a much better shape than before. more fit. bigger. and... looking better

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Well, sitting for a prolonged amount of time can lead to back problems among other things. However, like you said, if one sits for a long time, then the best way to avoid becoming overweight or obese is to eat healthier and exercise, not necessarily at a gym, but at home if gym is not an option.

Lucas, I'd like to pose a question to you. What is your dream job?


I'd love to be a lawyer like the guys in suits but I know life isn't like that aha. I really don't know what my dream job is. My interest's change so rapidly and I am always concerned how my hearing will affect my job in the future. I have been getting my university high school credits in night school these last few months because I was interested in pursuing a computer science degree but now I'm interested in applying to a science program and then working towards becoming an Optometrist.
 

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I'll take sitting over standing any day! For those who say they're getting fat because they sit to much, why not hit a gym? Wake up a little earlier and exercise or go after work? Try eating healthy? Anywayssssss back to the topic of this thread and jobs!

Not to take this off track, but I work out of state and leave when most people are just waking up, and have a job that doesn't give any breaks, and I return home late and tired because I haven't stopped working until quitting time...some days, I barely drink my water or use the restrooms...It's easy to judge...

How ironic, my grandmother came from Sicily and spent a lifetime in the factories working non stop for small pay...and I, her grandchild, work in similar conditions - just as exhausted, just as difficult all these years later...and with college education behind me. The more things change, the more they remain the same....she'd roll in her grave if she knew....
 

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My backgroud is Pharmacology. I worked in the Pharmacy for 20 years. Standing all day is very difficult, we did 10-12 hour shifts. Neck hurt like heck holding the phone for doctors while still filling prescriptions. Pay is really good, but very stressful and extremely busy depending on what pharmacy you work for. I am disabled now and do miss work a lot.
 

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Every job I've ever had I've been on my feet all day, I've been working for 22 years. On my days off if I sit around most of the time my legs ache. I've always thought that was weird, I stand all day I'm fine, I sit all day I feel like I ran a marathon. It's bizarre. Anywho....

Hmm but I've never had a job I stood mostly in the same spot. Even at Mobil, where I worked 6 years, I was walking around the store most of the time, that prob makes a big difference.
 

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Angel- My sister is a pharmacist- has been for...just about 25 years now (yikes), third shift usually. Father was a pharmacist too- so they both know the long hours and exhaustion with it (I can't figure out how my sister handles her schedule at all- its a really odd schedule too).

Me- I am a QA Software Tester. Currently unemployed and looking. Most of my experience is as a manual tester and.. COBOL/Mainframe.
Pro is that I get to work with computers hehe- have always enjoyed working with computers and learning new technologies/languages. Con- depending on where I worked-- overtime can drive you nuts. Most of my experience is as a contractor- less job security unfortunately, somewhat less pay, and almost always the first to get laid off. Would love to get into programming and/or automated testing- challenging because as someone mentioned upthread- the technology changes rapidly so your skills get outdated quickly. I think that is partly why I am having a harder time finding anything right now- COBOL & mainframe is slowly going away- still you'd think I'd be more in demand as many big companies do still use mainframe as a backend... hmph.

Still wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm happier with this field than I was with my first one (which was 'social services'--> communication specialist, social service worker/case manager).
 

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I am a Physicians Assistant who works in triage of a major triage hospital. I am currently on a little break from school until I decide I want to continue on to become a M.D. We'll see, maybe I will just stay a P.A. Less student loans, less school and not a HUGE pay difference... :hmm:
 

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Seeing as how this is a deaf forum, do you have a hearing problem of some sort? I gotta ask because with paramedics I can see issues with communication especially over literally life and death situations.

I did think about being a doctor or a nurse at one time but changed my mind since I wouldn't want someone to die on me from misunderstanding words especially in an emergency.

You are only limiting yourself. I know several paramedics and registered nurses who wear hearing aids or have cochlear implants. We are out there. You just don't notice us. No reason you can't become a physician or a nurse. I would strongly encourage it. I have never allowed my hearing to hold me back nor do I allow anyone to pity me.
No one has ever died from my hearing. I am an avid lip reader and I always ask if I don't think I heard correctly. I can hear clearly on a phone or radio.
Meningitis at 4. Bilateral hearing aids until 2005 when I received a cochlear implant. When I wore HAs, I was still able to hear with a regular stethoscope. When I received my implant, I was unable to hear with a stethoscope any longer. My partner does my hearing for me when it is needed. For what it's worth, I have enough seniority at both counties to chose my partners and I always get a double paramedic truck. Don't let the hearing fool you. I have received numerous awards from local, regional and state level throughout my career.
 

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We'll see, maybe I will just stay a P.A. Less student loans, less school and not a HUGE pay difference... :hmm:

Same reason why I settled for a bachelor degree, why bother getting a master's degree when it won't make much of a difference?
 

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Same reason why I settled for a bachelor degree, why bother getting a master's degree when it won't make much of a difference?

true but the only difference is a job promotion. having master's gives you a better chance at administrative position.
 

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I am a 4th grade teacher for deaf and hoh children. Cons of this job....overbearing parents, too much paperwork which cuts my planning time to plan creative and fun lesson to meet the diverse needs of my students, students who come from broken homes and bring a list of behavior problems,and too much political bullshit about measuring students' progress. Pros are school breaks that parallel with my son's school breaks, being creative with my lessons (if I get lucky with planning time),teaching students when the behaviors aren't being disruptive, and the diversity of each day.

I have a balance of both standing and sitting.
 

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Same reason why I settled for a bachelor degree, why bother getting a master's degree when it won't make much of a difference?

You are lucky about have a job with decent pay and benefits. :)

There are many college graduates can't find jobs with decent pay/benefits so many of them stuck with part-time, minimum wage and unemployment.

For me, I'm closer to complete the associate degree in networking (1 year based on full time) and probably focus on bachelor degree in IT. I know there is no guaranteed that I will have a job after graduation. I will going have internship as well, before move to Florida.

Also, experiences are KEYWORD. College degree with little or no experience = very slim chance.
 

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My youngest daughter is in her last year at UC Davis. She started her degree in Astrophysics and was going to work for NASA after she graduated. Along the way she changed to Web Design because people were telling her how good she was at it. So she is doing an Internship and is now designing some apps for Google. I have to admit, at first I was super disappointed because being a woman in Astrophysics is rare and I think she would have had a great career. Applying for an internship is a great way to get in the door and also gain great experience.
 

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You are lucky about have a job with decent pay and benefits. :)

Also, experiences are KEYWORD. College degree with little or no experience = very slim chance.

Well it hasn't been easy getting there, I worked all through college and when I graduated I worked in a sweatshop company working 80+ hours a week for 2 and half years then decided enough is enough.

Just a little bit of advice, it would help to at least have your own domain or a blog site where you talk about your network/computer experience. You could even start a little business offering cheap network services, the goal is just to get some exposure and prove your worth. You may not make a living off it but the goal is to "build your portfolio" so to speak.

When I was in college I started my own business making and selling software for the Palm Pilot and had my own website, shopping cart, etc.... I didn't become a millionaire from it but potential employers were impressed from that and made me stand out from the thousands of college graduates.
 

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Well it hasn't been easy getting there, I worked all through college and when I graduated I worked in a sweatshop company working 80+ hours a week for 2 and half years then decided enough is enough.

Just a little bit of advice, it would help to at least have your own domain or a blog site where you talk about your network/computer experience. You could even start a little business offering cheap network services, the goal is just to get some exposure and prove your worth. You may not make a living off it but the goal is to "build your portfolio" so to speak.

When I was in college I started my own business making and selling software for the Palm Pilot and had my own website, shopping cart, etc....
I didn't become a millionaire from it but potential employers were impressed from that and made me stand out from the thousands of college graduates.

You means become a consultant to offer service or sell the products?

You made a great advice about own a blog to discuss about experience in IT and I will remember that.

You aren't alone - I prefer to have a job with traveling so I don't want sit at front of computer screen all day.
 

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You are lucky about have a job with decent pay and benefits. :)

There are many college graduates can't find jobs with decent pay/benefits so many of them stuck with part-time, minimum wage and unemployment.

For me, I'm closer to complete the associate degree in networking (1 year based on full time) and probably focus on bachelor degree in IT. I know there is no guaranteed that I will have a job after graduation. I will going have internship as well, before move to Florida.

Also, experiences are KEYWORD. College degree with little or no experience = very slim chance.

yes. I already had bunch of work experiences by the time I graduated. I was able to find a job with salary and benefit within few months upon graduation. many of my friends weren't lucky.... average time was 1 year till they finally found a job. terrible...
 

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You means become a consultant to offer service or sell the products?

You aren't alone - I prefer to have a job with traveling so I don't want sit at front of computer screen all day.

I sold products like a mass-market product, check out my "old" site: RossoSoft Home Page

I don't know what would apply to you since you're in networks, maybe you can start some kind of blog reviewing latest network products and your reviews of software as well. One example is Gizmos for Geeks :: New Gadgets, Tech Reviews, News and Opinions

I also see job ads on craigslist as well as freelancer websites, you might want to look into those; you wouldn't be making a ton of money but you'd be gaining experience which is important.

It's cheap and easy to get your own domain and blog, what do you have to lose? The problem is that it's just not enough to have good grades and an interesting class project.

And yeah I've been working on finding something with travel; I'm also really picky because the last thing I want is yet another sweatshop. There were some opportunities I saw but the corporate culture was just too harsh for me.

There's a cool site, glassdoor.com that provides some good unbiased reviews on what it's really like to work at certain companies. You might want to check that out when researching potential employers.

Good luck! :cool2:
 
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