What job do you do that isn't a desk job?

posted 1 month ago in Career
Post # 46
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741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

katmaekat :  I work at a hospital as a tech (like a nurses aid), which I wanted to try before deciding if I was going to go to go back to school for a ABSN. Since it’s 12 hour days but not 5 days a week I also have a second job selling tickets in a box office to keep busy. Both are fun in completely different ways.

Post # 47
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Cottage

katmaekat :  Nurse. Oh how I wish I had a desk nursing job… instead of a floor nursing job…

Post # 48
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79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I have an office job that pays the bills, but I also teach aerial arts (mostly aerial hoop, but also aerial yoga, silks, trapeze, pole on occasion). I also perform at events (just on hoop though). If I wasn’t being paid to do it, I would be paying to do it so it works really well for me.

Post # 49
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272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

karen12 :  That’s cool, thanks for sharing. I think I’m stuck in my career field because all my education and experience are in that field, but it’s nice to consider alternatives sometimes. 

Post # 50
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67 posts
Worker bee

katmaekat :  The answer is yes, I went to school for that specific degree in behavioral science. 

Post # 51
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179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Environmental engineer– destroying chemical weapons for the DoD so that they can never be used on a human being. My job site is an industrial plant and I wear a hard hat and work boots all day. I love my job and feel like I am doing good in the world, especially when I hear about all the chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Post # 52
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860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

katmaekat :  I am an admissions and student services counselor for a small career college. So yes, I do some things that are administrative in nature, however, because of our small campus, I am very involved with my students. I spend a lot of time in their classrooms, involved in their projects/campus events, and getting off campus to go to job fairs, community events, etc. So I’d say it’s 70/30 office to active ratio.

However, my job is extremely fulfilling. A lot of our students (most, really) come from verrrrry unstable backgrounds. Lots of them are single parents or have no support system, are financially struggling, etc., and so being a part of their success is incredibly special to me. Even the ones who resist and fight us on a daily basis…those are the ones who give me the biggest hugs at graduation.

I’d definitely say go for it if you’re feeling unfulfilled working from home. I worked from home before and while I enjoyed the obvious perks, I have been SO HAPPY (and a lot more active/engaged throughout the day) since I’ve been back on campus. Go for it! 🙂

Post # 53
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

katmaekat :  I’m a wildlife biologist and do a lot of field work, so it usually works out to maybe 40% field, 60% office.  It’s tough on relationships/life to travel so much, and you usually have to have a master’s degree plus a lot of experience to have a full time biologist positon (either government or private/nonprofit), so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.  I do love most of the elements to my job though!

Post # 54
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Newbee

lolot :  I’m an ecologist, and I agree, the travel for fieldwork is tough, as is being stuck in shared dorm housing in many cases. As much as I’ve enjoyed the actual fieldwork from my previous research, I’ve grown weary of the lifestyle, so I am hoping to capitalize on the quantitative skills from my PhD in order to move into less fieldwork-intensive positions.

My new job is mostly fieldwork for the summer, but at least the field sites will all be within driving distance of my new apartment, so no more dorms! I am also hoping that once I get started on this project I can make my way onto the data analysis side primarily. 

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