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What’s your job and why

Discussion in 'Education and Employment' started by DavidS, May 2, 2021.

What is your occupation

  1. Construction/maintenance

    9.4%
  2. Office

    18.8%
  3. Medicinal/health care

    9.4%
  4. City utilities/public servant

    3.1%
  5. Artisan

    3.1%
  6. Restaurant

    3.1%
  7. Other

    53.1%
  1. DavidS

    DavidS Active Member

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    I was on the chat earlier, and there were two miracles. One, we had 5 people at once at one point! Two, three of us were electricians.

    So now I’m curious, what is your job and why? I’m a construction/service electrician who normally works in industrial and commercial settings. I ultimately wanted to be an artisan craftsman, but it’s a niche market and I wanted money in order to build my dreams, so I chose the next best route. I’m a craftsman and have to figure out solutions daily that keep me on my toes and make me happy. When troubleshooting a circuit my natural ability to obsess actually lends itself quite readily to the task until completed.It’s fulfilling work and I love every minute of it.

    I realize my poll is far from exhaustive but I just wanted to scratch the surface. Let’s hear what y’all got.
     
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  2. unperson

    unperson Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Dad was an electrical engineer (power stations/elec supply). I would posthumously dx him as autistic.
     
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  3. Sherlock77

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    Unfortunately I have never developed a proper trade at any point in my life... I have generally done warehouse related or industrial jobs most of my adult life... And everyone always asks, and I have no real desire to make my photography my job...
     
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  4. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Actively practicing retirement. l always got stressed from employees just acting horrible. I see a ton of car accidents too. I may eventually find part-time but l enjoy a slower paced life.
     
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  5. _eri_bellehumeur

    _eri_bellehumeur Active Member

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    I'm currently unemployed and living off of savings, but the desired career path I am currently working towards is as a writer (of both fiction and nonfiction), because I am a natural storyteller, enjoy researching topics in-depth, and love the freedom that would come with being able to create my own schedule.
     
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  6. Thinx

    Thinx Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    The work I enjoyed most was education and training roles I've had, devising and running trainings, there were many ways it fitted with my skills and abilities, and latterly I enjoyed the travel too, and staying in different UK places.
     
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  7. Major Tom

    Major Tom Searching for ground control... V.I.P Member

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    I am both an English teacher, (because it was all that was available) and a craftsman. I've been building things since I can remember. Currently, along with my main job (teaching), I'm working at an antique shop doing a variety of things for them. Mostly repairing or restoring old furniture, sewing machines with treadles, and so on. One time they took me picking at an old abandoned house just full of treasure. I scored some blue obsidian and also 4 tools, 2 axes, a crowbar, and a sledgehammer! The axes have marks I cannot identify, I even went onto Reddit and still have come up with no answers. They are a maker's mark but origins unknown and super high-quality steel. Estimated at 200-300 years old.

    So yea, I'm a teacher, but as you can see I love the job at the antique shop, I think I'd work there for free if I had to.
     
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  8. Neonatal RRT

    Neonatal RRT Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Primary Occupation: Respiratory Therapist at one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the world (#5). Secondary Occupation: Adjunct instructor for one of the local respiratory therapy programs at a local university.

    Why? Being autistic (and didn't know it) and growing up in the late 1960's - early 1980's,...it was a different world. There was no such thing as political correctness,...think of all the nasty, derogatory, hurtful words one group of people could possibly say to another group of people. That was normal, everyday, public language in my world,...people didn't even think about it,...it just came out as matter-of-fact and without any sense of vitriol. Combine that with parents practicing "skillful neglect",...basically, we were feral children out on our own, away from home, no mobile phones, some change in our pockets, parents never had a clue what we were doing, sometimes miles away from home on our bikes,...every day,...we just had to be home for dinner before dark. We had street smarts for sure,...and yes,...children were hurt, killed, taken advantage of, went missing,...but it was a life lesson for the others. No media coverage, no such thing as cable TV or computers,...what happened in your town, rarely passed on to the other town. Spanking the behinds of children was totally acceptable punishment,...parents, teachers, and even your neighbors could swat your little behind for your bad behavior,...and your parents were thankful for the help,...a different world. Bullies were the norm. You just dealt with it. My way of dealing with it,...forcing myself into athletics and being the fastest and strongest,...so the bullies didn't dare. Most bullies are insecure,...that's why they act out, so they can belittle, control, and intimidate to feel better about themselves,...until they have to deal with someone who has the physical tools to really ruin their day. By the time I was in high school,...the bullies avoided me.

    Fast forward to university age,...I was so into athletics I wanted to do that the rest of my life, and thought the best way to do that was to work in the field and become either a physical therapist or athletic trainer. I was unfocused though,...I would work out for 2-3 hours a day at the athletic facilities,...and later, try to focus upon studies. It wasn't good for me. My mind would wander, I didn't have study skills, I was further distracted by my girlfriend,...now my wife of 34 years. Money was an issue,...my parents made enough money for me not to qualify for financial aid, yet not enough money to help me,...so, I had to work while in school,...odd jobs working for the university (cafeteria, dorm security, summer construction projects, etc.). I had to cut financial ties with my parents in order to receive financial support for school,...so I married and became independent from my parents. But by then, too distracted and studies were suffering. I bought a cheap little car, got work at the hospital drawing blood, bought a mobile home off campus, quit school and used my money to help put my wife through nursing school. Meanwhile, after working at the hospital and seeing what others did, talked to people, and frankly, not liking the job I was doing,...I thought I would give it another go at school. My wife had just graduated from nursing school, and I began the respiratory therapy program at the local university. I finally figured out a system of how to study and was much more focused, and later graduated top of my class. The rest, as they say, is history. I wouldn't be diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition (Asperger's) until I was 52.
     
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  9. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    I'm a programmer and mathematician. I say mathematician, but I don't have a math degree and it's nowhere in my job description. I got a degree in computer science because it was easy.

    I realized years later that every time I was bored, I would start playing with math problems. I jumped at the chance to work on any math-related projects at work. It took about a decade for me to achieve enough self-awareness to realize that I like math. Now, I'm known in our engineering department as "the math guy", and I love it. I work hard to keep that reputation.
     
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  10. Progster

    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    I'm a language teacher, I specialise in one-to-one private tuition. It's not the ideal job for me, but I live in a foreign country and this is at the moment the only way I can support myself financially, so I have no choice. I also do proofreading and the occasional translation.
     
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  11. clg114

    clg114 Still crazy, after all these years. Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    I like that, "the math guy". I retired for good about a year and a half ago. Before that, I had my own business for 13 years. About 50% of my work was at one place. The management knew about me , but did not know me. When there was a problem, they would tell their foremen to call "that weird, old, smart guy". He will fix it.
     
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  12. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    That's awesome. One time, someone in another department introduced me to a new hire as, "He's like The Wolf from Pulp Fiction - he fixes all our problems." I told my manager and he got me a custom nameplate for my cubicle that says, "The Wolf".
     
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  13. zurb

    zurb Eschewer of Obfuscation

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    Technical Communicator/Technical Writer.
     
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  14. VictorR

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    Social work. Stumbled into the field. Some days I would say it's like being a bartender in that I'm pretty much just sitting there listening to people tell me their stories. I can confirm that truth is definitely a lot stranger than fiction.
     
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  15. selena

    selena Well-Known Member

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    I work in an office, because sitting at a desk 8 hours a day is all I know how to do.

    I wish I were in the creating/fixing business, but until recently I pretty much had no fine motor skills and was too embarrassed to try to get better. At least now I know why.
     
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  16. Crossbreed

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    Since my Navy training (1983), I was an on-again/off-again systems analyst (programmer & electronic tech). I like math, too, as far as I have gone (trigonometry). I got to use geometry a lot when training in AutoCAD.

    I was a (free) paper carrier from 2006-2020. I managed 700 addresses on my database. It was a 10-mile trike route.

    I worked a number of the censuses during that time, too.

    Semi-retired in 2013, but still guardian/care-giver of my 26yo ASD3 daughter.
     
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  17. Barymore

    Barymore nevertheless, she persisted V.I.P Member

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    This is interesting! So many different, interesting jobs and paths to get there!

    I taught english as a second language for a while and did enjoy that - I love languages but especially the english language :)

    Currently, I am self employed as an animal behavior management / animal training consultant for animal facilities (shelters, research, zoos etc). Due to the Covid situation I am looking for a part time job as parts of my business (practical courses) have not been taking place for a while now. I also have a book getting started (non-fic).

    I am lucky that I work in my special interest field. Anything else can be difficult to maintain consistent performance on.
     
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  18. Penumbra

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    I'm unemployed because I failed at everything I attempted. I just do household chores now while my fiance provides our income. I can cook pretty well though.

    Previously I was in college for mechanical engineering (attempt 1) and graphic design (attempt 2). I made it through 2 years in each before I couldn't keep up with the work load of school. Between the two of them, I was in the US Air Force, which only lasted 2 years because I couldn't handle it. I can't seem to make it to 3 anywhere.
     
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  19. Stella lange

    Stella lange New Member

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    Educator, on a Design Degree - half degree level and half post grad teaching. I completed an applied Science degree 30 years ago, and went on to complete a Doctorate directly from that with the support of my university supervisors. I love the research element that is required of a higher education job, the classroom stuff is ok if the groups are smaller or if i can give a lecture. My first job out of school was in an Engineering office for the government, i never finished school was appointed as a draftsperson, the system of funding for roads and public works was reviewed with a new government at some point and I headed to University to study my favourite hobby (sewing garments) which is an applied science degree. I ended up in a Design school as they needed someone with a higher degree to teach their new degree program and worked there ever since…there are good parts and not so good parts to the job - but its better to be a small school as fewer people are around at any one time. I was only .4 of full time when i began teaching, and worked up to 0.7 of full time later, for the past few years I have been full time - I think that has been one reason i was able to work, as it gave me time away from work to recover.
     
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  20. GBWest

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    Electrician, because I wasn't allowed to be a historian.

    Although, it is nice that I'm getting paid about 4x more than historians, so... Eh, meh.
     
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