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How'd You Arrive At Your Present Career?
« on: November 18, 2007, 11:57:16 AM »

Comments in the Costco/Sam'sClub thread got me wondering ...

How did you end up in your current occupation?  Chance?  Parental pressure?  Role model?  Trying to get laid?  Or is it essentially what you wanted to do?
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007, 12:00:00 PM »

not good at anything else.
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Re: How'd You Arrive At Your Present Career?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2007, 12:01:27 PM »

You mean they don't have positions for professional forum-posting bots?
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Re: How'd You Arrive At Your Present Career?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2007, 12:02:09 PM »

Mostly by mistake. Originally sought to be a lit prof. Dumb mistakes in my early 20s lead me elsewhere, when I returned to school, I decided to chase a paycheck instead of something fulfilling. Despite some aptitude in the arena, it's not a terribly good fit. I keep threatening to go back to school. Probably should do it sooner than later.
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2007, 12:08:31 PM »

Math and Science came relatively easy to me through high school. We essentially had guidance counselors that would toss college pamphlets at the "good" students so they weren't much help. Dad didn't go to college and Mom was a teacher and I almost went that route.

Quite honestly, starting salaries of engineering students caught my eye. Everyone said since I was good at math and science it would be a good fit and it made sense when I thought about it. So that was that. Interestingly enough I did much better in chemistry classes in college. And I enjoyed the computer classes I took but I was too far down the engineering road to change directions. Or so I thought. Plus money for school was an issue.

Once I was out in the real world for a few years I realized that a technical background was really good for other careers. I also realized I had no interest in spending 40 years sitting at a desk designing stuff. So I moved into an Applications Engineering role 12 years ago and then into Product Management. So I've been on the business side of the company for about 7 years now.

My wife's story is better. Double major, Chemical Engineering and Education. Minored in Art History. Today she manages the fitness center at our local community center.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2007, 12:12:10 PM »

An electronics and computer tinkerer from way back.

Went to college for electronics, had a summer job after my sophomore year that exposed me to computer networking and I was hooked - went back to college and got two computer related minors in addition to the electronics degree, a misspent year of grad school in Computer Science, and a computer networking job on campus.  Got frustrated with civil service after a while and went into the 'world' - been doing it ever since.  My electronics skills have suffered extreme atrophy in the process.

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2007, 12:12:28 PM »

started out as an apprentice pipefitter and just kept getting pushed upward by my employer. tuition reimbursement helps  Wink it's alot better than edumacation on your own dime. Grin
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2007, 12:12:38 PM »

I dropped out of college because I was broke, so I got a part time job as a lab assistant with the company I am currently working for.  I tried college one more time, quit, and took a full time job with the same company.  

It certainly was not the career path I imagined, but the pay and benefits are exceptional for an uneducated man such as myself, and I have been fortunate to do a variety of jobs with this company, so even after 18 years, I still really like what I am doing. (though right now I am in limbo awaiting an overseas assignment, so I never know what I will be working on from week to week which gets old.)
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2007, 12:58:07 PM »

Early on I suppose I wanted to be a professional sports person: golf, basketball and track and field where high on the agenda. Back in the late 80's early 90's I was in  :airquotes:discussions  :airquotes:with a number of colleges over there in the US.

A susbsequent sporting injury that sideline me for about 6 months so I ended up doing a degree here. Through the mid 90's I started a Record Label with some friends, and finally after an altercation with the Head of a Major Label I quit the music industry.

I dabbled in some other Business Ventures and also worked for many differenet organisations, getting into modelling and acting along the way before falling into the Insurance Industry about 10 years ago, and hence here I am.

I can still play some ok golf, I can still dunk it off a drop step, and track and field highlights are a fading memory, but at least life is good and I probably wouldn't change a thing.... Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2007, 01:01:59 PM »

So twoiron, would I know, of any of the bands/artists that you had on your record label.
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2007, 01:07:49 PM »

So twoiron, would I know, of any of the bands/artists that you had on your record label.

Probably not, it was mostly Rap, RnB, Dance and some experimental stuff.

There are two things that have single handly *fudge*ed the Australian Music industry, one of them is a well known Music Industry (the same one I got into a dust up with), and Idol.....
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2007, 01:11:35 PM »

I don't watch idol.

I know the judges are Mark Holden, Marcia Hines, *8==>*o and some other guy.

It's either *8==>*o or the other guy.

Which one, tell us all about it. Grin
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Re: How'd You Arrive At Your Present Career?
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2007, 06:17:37 PM »

Went to college for 1 semester and decided I was done with school. Went to a Navy recruiter and tested high so he persuaded me to take the Nuke test. Scored high enough to go Nuke. Spent the next 2 years in Naval Nuclear Power school. After 6 years of the Navy I had enough. Over the next 8 years I went through about 6 jobs from waiter to call center to field service. The last job was with some family and I got so sick of the BS and just plain ignoring my ideas and suggestions I just quit. 3 weeks later I landed a job at the place I am now.
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2007, 07:29:25 PM »

Mine actually began with a lack of motivation in high school. By the time I woke up and smelled the coffee, it was cold. I took a job as an entry level machine operator, worked my butt off to learn every job in the shop, and worked my way into a nice middle management position wit a side job as the Safety Director. I held the management and safety director jobs for ~25 years. In July 2003, I reached 35 years with the company, and received a nice appreciation plaque. A month later I was told I was no longer needed. At 53 years old, I was out of the only job I ever held, (outside of two jobs in high school).
As I tested the market, I found that nobody was willing to hire me in the positions I was most qualified for. Nobody wanted to hire me for a lesser position, either, as they felt I wouldn't be happy in that job, or I would be a threat to the boss.
In September 2004, I decided to test the retail sales market, figuring that I might as well make a total career change, since my original one was in the *feces*hole. Being the last quarter, and with holiday time coming up, Sears offered me a sales position in the hardware dept. I found that I really liked helping people with their needs and did rather well. A promotion came rather quickly, and my skills working with people grew.
Thinking that the Insurance business was the next step, I took the plunge. I loved the interaciton with clients and prospective clients very much, but found I was spending way too much time away from home. I have since returned to Sears, and I'm happy with the job and the fulfillment I experience. The pay is quite a bit less than I received in my job of 35 years, but I am working, on average, less than 30 hours a week. This leaves much time for family, exercise, and golf. how much better could it be.
I hope I haven't bored anyone.
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