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PostSubject: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:52 am

Spunky is taking Search & Rescue training.  That led to me wondering how many different things I have trained, studied for.  So . . .

Tell us about the various occupations, paid or volunteer, you have had.  What have you studied trained for but for one reason or other never actually done?

I'll start.
  1) newspaper route
  2) putting up hay, back in the day of square bales
  3) swimming instructor, lifeguard (8 summers of that)
  4) Ski Patrol (5 winters)
  5) short-order cook (met my wife there Very Happy )
  6) 7th-8th grade teacher (1 year, that was plenty!)
  7) dentist

 My BA degree was History/Education/P.E.  7th/8th grade involves teaching everything!
 Post graduate work was in analytical chemistry, my back-up plan in case I didn't get into dental school.  Have never worked as a chemist.
 Other training; machinist, carpentry, electrician, plumbing.  All very useful, but have never been employed to do any of them.

Okay, now it's your turn.
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:13 am

My wife taught 7/8 grade science for a couple years, hardest job she ever had but she really liked working with those kids.

Here's my list, chronological order, probably forgot a few:

1) caddy at local country club
2) groundskeeper at a cemetery - great job, had lots of people under me (badda-bing!)
3) dining hall staff in college
4) groundskeeper in college
5) set up rows of folding desks for final exams in college
6) Xerox copy machine operator
7) delivery person for Xerox copy shop (a car crash in Boston ended that one!)
Cool stuffed chair cushions in my uncle's furniture factory
9) lab technician in molecular biology lab
10) post-doc researcher in neuroscience lab
11) geneticist in government facility that manufactured anti-cancer drugs for clinical trials
12) genetics R&D in biotech company
13) business development in biotech company
14) VP R&D in biotech company
15) instructor in pharmaceutical business for a university distance-education course
16) developed a computerized exhibit for local historic society (volunteer)
17) president of local watershed association
18) member of township land preservation board


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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:32 pm

wow, you guys diverse. Me chronological'ish

1. babysitting
2. coffee shop waitress
3. short order cook, same coffee shop
4. non-emergency phone answerer for city police
5. temp at a bubble gum factory
6. fill-in for a friend who had a country newspaper route
7. Ward Clerk in psychiatric hospital
8. Timekeeper
9. Social worker nursing home
10 Case manager for outpatient seriously mentally ill clients
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:58 pm

Not too varied or exciting. I've only had 3 employers my entire career life but within each job there was growing tasks and responsibilities which kept thing challenging and interesting.

1. Paperboy 13-16 years old 3 huge routes 2 morning and one afternoon. Sunday mornings were ridiculous. Start folding at 4am and throw until noon somedays but I made good money for someone in their early teens.

2. Bike shop mechanic/sales and later manager 16-30 years old.

3. Union carpenter apprentice/journeyman/lead carpenter/foreman/assistant superintendent/superintendent/senior superintendent. 30-51 years old.

4. Retired 51. Looking forward to traveling in our truck camper around the US starting 2017.

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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:31 pm

What a fun thread! It's been so interesting reading everyone's answers! Mine is pretty boring.

1. A cashier at K-Mart
2. A cashier at Gibson's
3. Dairy Queen
4. Manager at a Jewelry store
5. Work order clerk for a Hospital
6. Almost became an Interpreter for the Deaf (Dropped out of the program right before I was to graduate)
7. Leader for Weight Watchers
8. Personal trainer at a gym
9. Zumba/Mixxed Fit Instructor
10. Well Being Coordinator at a senior living facility in charge of the fitness program and special events.

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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:57 pm

Anotherrun wrote:
wow, you guys diverse.  Me chronological'ish

1. babysitting
2. coffee shop waitress
3. short order cook, same coffee shop
4. non-emergency phone answerer for city police
5. temp at a bubble gum factory
6. fill-in for a friend who had a country newspaper route
7. Ward Clerk in psychiatric hospital
8. Timekeeper
9. Social worker nursing home
10  Case manager for outpatient seriously mentally ill clients

I'm curious about "timekeeper". What was the context of that one?
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:58 pm

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Not too varied or exciting. I've only had 3 employers my entire career life but within each job there was growing tasks and responsibilities which kept thing challenging and interesting.

1. Paperboy 13-16 years old 3 huge routes 2 morning and one afternoon. Sunday mornings were ridiculous. Start folding at 4am and throw until noon somedays but I made good money for someone in their early teens.

2. Bike shop mechanic/sales and later manager 16-30 years old.

3. Union carpenter apprentice/journeyman/lead carpenter/foreman/assistant superintendent/superintendent/senior superintendent. 30-51 years old.

4. Retired 51. Looking forward to traveling in our truck camper around the US starting 2017.


Wow, that is an early retirement! What pays the bills?
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:30 pm

Nazaretti wrote:
BIS wrote:
Not too varied or exciting. I've only had 3 employers my entire career life but within each job there was growing tasks and responsibilities which kept thing challenging and interesting.

1. Paperboy 13-16 years old 3 huge routes 2 morning and one afternoon. Sunday mornings were ridiculous. Start folding at 4am and throw until noon somedays but I made good money for someone in their early teens.

2. Bike shop mechanic/sales and later manager 16-30 years old.

3. Union carpenter apprentice/journeyman/lead carpenter/foreman/assistant superintendent/superintendent/senior superintendent. 30-51 years old.

4. Retired 51. Looking forward to traveling in our truck camper around the US starting 2017.


Wow, that is an early retirement!  What pays the bills?

We didn't have kids or any college loan debt so we were able to save quite a bit and invest over the years. Both of us have been working more or less full time since we met at 16. I also had an inheritance that allowed us to retire 2-3 years earlier than we anticipated.

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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:49 am

Timekeeper.

Government job. posted time and attendance for 50 employees of the social work department. I did
what that list doesn't show is that number 7, 8, 9 and 10 have all been with the same governmental agency. I have worked there for 34 years. One more to go.

BIS, Your travel plans in the truck camper sound great. I have been researching small trailers and also videos of camping out of vehicles. We plan to expand our road trips starting next summer. I have several National Parks I hope to visit each of the next several years. I plan to retire in June, 2017. DH has been retired for 6 years. I have been spoiled ever since he took his early out.
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:03 pm

BIS wrote:
Nazaretti wrote:
BIS wrote:
Not too varied or exciting. I've only had 3 employers my entire career life but within each job there was growing tasks and responsibilities which kept thing challenging and interesting.

1. Paperboy 13-16 years old 3 huge routes 2 morning and one afternoon. Sunday mornings were ridiculous. Start folding at 4am and throw until noon somedays but I made good money for someone in their early teens.

2. Bike shop mechanic/sales and later manager 16-30 years old.

3. Union carpenter apprentice/journeyman/lead carpenter/foreman/assistant superintendent/superintendent/senior superintendent. 30-51 years old.

4. Retired 51. Looking forward to traveling in our truck camper around the US starting 2017.


Wow, that is an early retirement!  What pays the bills?

We didn't have kids or any college loan debt so we were able to save quite a bit and invest over the years. Both of us have been working more or less full time since we met at 16. I also had an inheritance that allowed us to retire 2-3 years earlier than we anticipated.

Congratulations! When the economic pundits whine about the low labor market participation rate, I will think of you!
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:00 pm

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Timekeeper.

Government job.  posted time and attendance for 50 employees of the social work department.  I did
what that list doesn't show is that number 7, 8, 9 and 10 have all been with the same governmental agency.  I have worked there for 34 years.  One more to go.  

BIS, Your travel plans in the truck camper sound great.  I have been researching small trailers and also videos of camping out of vehicles.  We plan to expand our road trips starting next summer.  I have several National Parks I hope to visit each of the next several years.  I plan to retire in June, 2017.  DH has been retired for 6 years.  I have been spoiled ever since he took his early out.  


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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:00 pm

Nazaretti wrote:
BIS wrote:
Nazaretti wrote:
BIS wrote:
Not too varied or exciting. I've only had 3 employers my entire career life but within each job there was growing tasks and responsibilities which kept thing challenging and interesting.

1. Paperboy 13-16 years old 3 huge routes 2 morning and one afternoon. Sunday mornings were ridiculous. Start folding at 4am and throw until noon somedays but I made good money for someone in their early teens.

2. Bike shop mechanic/sales and later manager 16-30 years old.

3. Union carpenter apprentice/journeyman/lead carpenter/foreman/assistant superintendent/superintendent/senior superintendent. 30-51 years old.

4. Retired 51. Looking forward to traveling in our truck camper around the US starting 2017.


Wow, that is an early retirement!  What pays the bills?

We didn't have kids or any college loan debt so we were able to save quite a bit and invest over the years. Both of us have been working more or less full time since we met at 16. I also had an inheritance that allowed us to retire 2-3 years earlier than we anticipated.

Congratulations!  When the economic pundits whine about the low labor market participation rate, I will think of you!

lol

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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:39 pm

Late to the thread - but here's mine:

Substitute Newspaper deliverer
Babysitting
McDonald's
Injection mold machine operator
Soils lab technician

All of the above were either as a teen or were summer jobs

Civil Engineer - current profession
MATHCOUNTS Coordinator - volunteer
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:44 pm

MATHCOUNTS - What a great program! It really got my son on a good track during those difficult junior high school years.
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:37 pm

1. lawn mower
2. dish washer/busboy
3. grocery store bagger/stock putter upper
4. EKG tech
5. male prostitute
6. Banana!!
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:42 pm

Banana!! wrote:
1. lawn mower
2. dish washer/busboy
3. grocery store bagger/stock putter upper
4. EKG tech
5. male prostitute
6. Banana!!



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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:44 pm

During HS, a shampoo girl for 2 bucks an hour and 50 cents tips
Roy Rodgers for one week and quit
Went to work for family business and learned a lot
Account Exec for a publisher
radiology rep-liaison between medical site and doctors
esthetician

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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:46 am

What does an esthetician do?
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:31 pm

Nazaretti wrote:
What does an esthetician do?

Facials.
Skin Care Therapist.

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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:53 pm

Sounds wonderful.
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:06 pm

Anotherrun wrote:
Sounds wonderful.  

It is!

You should treat yourself to one.

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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:38 pm

Lawnmower
Custodian
Dishwasher
Linecook
Punchpress operator
Residential Designer
Tech support
Training
Software testing
CEO(which also means I'm the COO, CFO, chief bottlewasher & head dogwalker, I am my own company now)
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PostSubject: Re: Occupations   Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:55 am

DeskJockey wrote:
Lawnmower
Custodian
Dishwasher
Linecook
Punchpress operator
Residential Designer
Tech support
Training
Software testing
CEO(which also means I'm the COO, CFO, chief bottlewasher & head dogwalker, I am my own company now)


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