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#11 Martha

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    Posted 06 July 2008 - 12:31 PM

    I am an elementary teacher. Most days I love it, some days I don't. Every year I get at least two out of control children that refuse to cooperate with me. They definitely make my job harder!

    Teachers really earn their summers off!

    #12 beachbride08

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      Posted 06 July 2008 - 12:56 PM

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      What a great thread!

      I work in Human Resources as a Recruiter and love what I do - every day is different, and there's great satisfaction in knowing that I have recruited a candidate for a hard to fill position, or just made a job offer to a candidate who was out of work through no fault of their own. In an ideal world, I would still do my day job, but also run a resume writing/critiquing business and write articles for HR publications.
      I am also a recruiter, but I am no longer enjoying it. I want to do something different, but haven't quite decided what the something else is yet. I need to stay at my current job at least until next year since we need the money for the wedding and we're planning to move to AZ. I hope to find a new job out there that will be more enjoyable. I took a pastry class thinking I would go back to school to become a pastry chef. I really enjoyed the one class I took, but unfortunately won't be able to take any more this year that will work around my work schedule. You also don't make a lot of money in that industry when you are starting out, and I am the bread winner unfortunately. I have also thought about going back to school to become a nurse, but I'm not sure I would enjoy that. I worked in the x-ray department of a hospital part-time for 5 years while I was in school (in addition to a PT recruiting job which is how I ended up where I am), and kick myself everyday that I didn't do go to school for something in the medical field back then. A lot of my friends are x-ray, cat scan or ultrasound techs now and only went to school for 2 years. Most of them worked at the hospital I did while in school so they had their degrees paid for. Most of them are making more than me, and I have a Bachelor's degree and $40K of student loan debt. Now there are waiting lists to get into those programs and you have to be in them FT. The things we learn as we get older.
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      #13 tvt

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        Posted 06 July 2008 - 01:04 PM

        I love 95% of what I do. I'm an event planner, and I definitely wouldn't leave the industry. It's a fun and exciting job, always different and I meet a ton of really great people.

        The 5% that I don't like is A. I work a crap load of hours on B. a small salary.

        But I can't complain. I chose this job (my last jobs didn't have crazy hours or bad pay) but at this job I have a family at work. And being in a new state, having great girls to work with makes a huge difference. Plus I love the job, so really I'll take the crap pay and a good job over good pay and a suck ass job. Which was my last job! Ha!

        #14 ashrose

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          Posted 06 July 2008 - 02:10 PM

          One of my close friends does something similar in a RE/MAX office. She LOVES her job. At one point while I was in college she tried to recruit me to do transaction coordinating.

          I'd love to be an agent... but I can't not have a salary right now. Seattle is a cool place to be because we've got Redfin and Zillow headquartered here, so I do have options. I just need to wait until I get married and don't have to rely solely on my income.

          #15 samanthag

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            Posted 06 July 2008 - 02:57 PM

            I've been a flight attendant for 12 years and I can honestly say I love my job!
            My job is super flexible and the benefits are awesome! :)
            I'm not a Mon-Fri/ 9a-5p kinda girl so it's the perfect job for me!

            #16 ButlerGirl08

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              Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:34 AM

              At first I hated my job as a Supervisor at a Bakery (not sweets but English Muffins) because I knew there were other things out there I wanted to do more and it is difficult managing people way older than you. Now I have realized that the job isn't so bad it's my boss and all of the politics and the fact that I live in boring Indiana.

              If it were up to me, I would go back to school and get a degree in Fashion Design and start designing clothes. I would start off by working in some boutique or be an assistant to some up and coming designer, then take off from there. We are in the process of finding something in the Atlanta area. I want the big city life, but I love the Southern Hospitality and alot of culture. Which is how we came up with Atlanta, and I just love the damn city. Besides I am the breadwinner now because my DH hasn't found a decent job due to the lack of opportunities in small town Indiana (South Bend, not tiny...but small enough)

              So since I have no experience or education in fashion whatsoever, I am looking for jobs in my degree of Industrial Engineering (great degree to fall back on btw.) That will hopefully get us to Atlanta and when we get settled, I will start taking classes part time. This is kinda why we are pushing off having kids for at least 2 or 3 years. I am only 24 (will be 25 in Aug) and DH is 26, so we are still wanting to just enjoy us and pursue our dreams. He wants to play pro basketball. As of now, I am pursuing a part time gig at the MAC counter that was just opened in Macy's (the 1st one ever here...YAY) So we will see if they call me back and maybe that will be the foot in the door of the fashion industry that I need...

              Sorry for blabbin, but this is a topic that is truly on my mind throughout 75% of my day at least...

              #17 1elephant

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                Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:28 AM

                i'm a elementary school teacher. i like what i do, but it's not what i want to do for the rest of my life. i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be a stay at home mom, but those dreams are slowly fading. i just don't want to have my own classroom with 20-30 students. i'd like to be a reading specialist or literacy trainer, and will be going back to school in sept. to pursue my master's in reading.
                i like the kids, i like the teaching aspect, but i HATE having to defend my career and the lack of respect that i get from people - administration, parents, and outsiders. i also hate hearing that i work 8-3 and have weekends and holidays and summers, b/c when you take into consideration the amount of hours i really put into my job, with or without kids, it's probably more than most 9-5ers who also get 2 weeks paid vacation and bank holidays.

                #18 Jessica

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                  Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:55 AM

                  Right now I'm a Stay At Home Mom. I love my son and am grateful of the time I've been able to spend with him these past 6 months, but I'm ready to return to school and finish off my degree and go into a field I'm very passionate about....

                  Before Aiden, I was an ABA Therapist for the autistic population. I also worked in other aspects of the agency (I worked in the group homes as well as did some substitute teaching with population at the agency's school). I absolutely loved it and loved all my clients. However, it's not what I want to do for a living...

                  I'm going to school for Family Therapy. Counseling is where my true passion lies, specifically focusing on the family dynamic. I certainly hope I will like it once I'm practicing professionally.

                  I don't know much about Drama Therapy. I was interested in Art Therapy for awhile, and still have the background to actually pursue that angle as well (and most likely will add that on). Are you going/plan to go to NYU? I know that's one of the few schools that is actually accredited for Drama Therapy, correct? Interesting...

                  #19 yamille

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                    Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:01 AM

                    [QUOTE=ButlerGirl08;454882]
                    If it were up to me, I would go back to school and get a degree in Fashion Design and start designing clothes. I would start off by working in some boutique or be an assistant to some up and coming designer, then take off from there.

                    You are so young- go for it! So since I have no experience or education in fashion whatsoever
                    This doesn't matter. I worked in fashion (as an assistant) briefly cause I hated it. It was too devil wears prada for me. Do you have any friends that could get you in a low level position?

                    MAC counter that was just opened in Macy's (the 1st one ever here...YAY) So we will see if they call me back and maybe that will be the foot in the door of the fashion industry that I need...

                    Mac is great. Especially is you want to be a stylist. You can learn a lot. My friend is a regional trainer for them.


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                    i like the kids, i like the teaching aspect, but i HATE having to defend my career and the lack of respect that i get from people - administration, parents, and outsiders. i also hate hearing that i work 8-3 and have weekends and holidays and summers, b/c when you take into consideration the amount of hours i really put into my job, with or without kids, it's probably more than most 9-5ers who also get 2 weeks paid vacation and bank holidays.
                    This is so true. I can completely understand the feeling of disrespect towards your career. People don't think of all the extra hours of work that you put in. Teachers should be getting paid way more than they do. I really mean that.

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                    I'm going to school for Family Therapy. Counseling is where my true passion lies, specifically focusing on the family dynamic. I certainly hope I will like it once I'm practicing professionally.
                    Cool I am also really interested in the family dynamic-but it is not my full focus right now. It's so interesting and in the future when I have my private practice I would love to treat families through DT.

                    I don't know much about Drama Therapy. I was interested in Art Therapy for awhile, and still have the background to actually pursue that angle as well (and most likely will add that on). Are you going/plan to go to NYU? I know that's one of the few schools that is actually accredited for Drama Therapy, correct? Interesting...
                    I am at NYU. Yeah there are only 2 schools in the country that have a degree for it. NYU and CIIS in San Fran there is also a school in Canada but I didn't want to go that far away. I absolutely love it. There is a lot of work to be done as far as educating people as to what drama therapy is - which can be a little frustrating. Cause what I get often is "oh drama therapy- is that therapy for actors?" Which I do understand but the job now is to have creative art therapies given some more respect. Overmedicating people is not the answer in most cases and the CAT's are incredibly healing. I don't know all that much about art therapy but If iot follows the same counseling principles as music and drama therapy then it's amazing. There are also several programs in the area that offer that degree.

                    #20 Bianca

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                      Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:09 AM

                      I am finishing my BA in sociology in about 4 weeks... I have no idea what I want to do for a living so if anyone wants to give me some advice I would love to hear it!!! I would like to work in social services or for the government... but its hard to get a job like that around here...
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