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Old 12-04-2012, 06:45 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I've never trully enjoyed any of my jobs. Having to move every few years with hubby while he was in the Military. It was difficult to so something I enjoyed. So I trained in Administration/secretarial etc.

Many years ago before I met my hubby I did care work, first with the elderly, which I loved and then with adults with mental disabilities. When I got fed up of being hit, I trained in Admin.

I'm now in retail, running a buisness for someone else and work jointly with my hubby. We have been here for five years. We found out a while ago that we are being made redundant next year and will also lose our accomodation which comes with the job.

I'm really up beat about this, because we have choices now. We can decide to live anywhere within the UK at the moment. Of course I will have to follow hubby as he will undoubtably be the higher earner and once he has a job, I will start looking. Its all very exciting at the moment.

I've decided that I don't really want to do admin any more. My choices at 47 are gonig to be limited. I've just applied for my Provisional licence to drive an HGV and Bus. So I'm thinking of going down that route as I love driving, riding etc. I am also thinking about getting back in to the Health Service and applying to be an Emergency Support Worker for the Ambulance service as I am currently a CFR and am enjoying it.

I don't know where I am going to end up but I know it will be better than here and Lady fate has always delt her cards for a reason.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:19 AM   #42 (permalink)
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As I was nearing the end of high school I still had not decided what I wanted to do for a vocation. My real interest was in teaching and history but I also had a real knack for math and science. In any event I ended up with university scholarships for both history and engineering from two different schools. I elected for the engineering school figuring as an engineer I would always have a job. It was the right decision and I worked as a rocket design engineer for most of my adult life.

Then about fifteen years ago, in between assignments, I got involved with Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma and discovered I had a knack for this also. Plus I got to teach. So I became a consultant and helped all kinds of companies - nursing homes to electronics manufacturer to automotive parts manufacturers to corporate real estate - become more productive. This led to my current job when one of my former clients hired me permanently.

My goal now is to do this for another 10 years until I am 65 at which time I will get my teaching certificate and go teach High School. Hopefully political science or history (not likely given my politics) but I will settle for teaching math or science.
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some interesting and curvy paths that have been taken here.

Would I have looked at a RR coming out of school. Not a chance! It really amazes people when you tell them who you work for. They ask you who your father and grandfather are. When I tell them I am a first generation, they get a blank stare on their face. They will ask how many times did I apply before getting hired. My answer, just once. Now they got that dumbfounded look.

I like this job, can use my current skill set and expand upon it. Besides how many people get to work on life size train sets.
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Graphic designer by profession. Been doing it for 10+ years. Working for a small chemical company run by an unethical SOB for the past 7 years. About 2 years into my stint my work enabled him to claim shelf space in one of the nation's biggest home improvement retailer. Shortly after that said he didn't need a "retail caliber" artist and cut my pay. Then tried to replace me; but the only talented guy wanted to work for what he wanted to pay was nicknamed "the paperweight". After the paperweight was fired they asked me to stay because of my attitude. Since then he has products in few other major and regional retailers.

Here at year 7, still no pay raise. On the plus side I got a new computer at home and will begin the job hunting process again.

Job #2 is with a major retailer selling music gear. When I'm not babysitting other people's mistakes, I love it. I'm very inexperienced as a musician (mid life crisis) but am loving it more and more. Honestly can't see myself making a living with music, but I want to see where this takes me. I want to get good enough to at least play with a band; even if it's in someone's garage.

Also contemplating a career change. At 47, not too many options but not ruling anything out...
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I majored in Journalism when I was on college, thinking I wanted to go into radio or television broadcasting, but then felt a call to enter the ministry. So I obtained a Master of Theology degree and was ordained as a United Methodist minister. I served in parishes in New York and Connecticut for 9 years, and then had an opportunity to go into the navy as a chaplain. I spent 2 1/2 years as chaplain on board the USS Arkansas, a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser, then one year in Okinawa as chaplain of a Marine battalion, and then 2 1/2 years as chaplain at the Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island. When I decided to leave the Navy, I decided I didn't want to go back into the parish ministry, so I entered law school and became an attorney. I have been an attorney for over 20 years, and also taught in law school for about 6 years.

I still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. I'd like to take some motorcycle mechanic's classes.


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Old 12-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Lee Lmao...I have thought about doing the same thing going to be a motorcycle mechanic maybe after I retire or just before...too funny. I guess great Lees think alike...
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