Americans: What is your current job, and how did you get it?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 47
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

catapple :  I commented before, but yes. I’m a neuroscientist and I do animal research. 

Post # 48
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Newbee

I’m a pharmacist. I have my Doctor of Pharmacy and I got my job because I was a student there during rotations. I worked really hard, and they happened to have an opening so I applied for it and got it!

Post # 49
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

SithLady :  What is your job? If it’s not in journalism then I could understand that it might be a bad question to ask. But in my 5 years of full-time employment I’ve never seen a writer make every deadline. Even my best freelance writers have personal situations come up and may be a day or two late. And sometimes it’s something out of their control, like a source falling through or a crucial interview getting delayed. If you don’t work with hard deadlines a lot, then I could understand if you made every deadline. 

The point I was making was to be honest, even if it might make you look bad. If you never miss a deadline, I wouldn’t lie about that.

Post # 50
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Bee Keeper
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ShoeGal89 :  I’m a scientist, it’s hard to put a hard deadline on what we do, because we don’t know what we’re going to get most of the time. 

I can see how that would apply to something like journalism where you’re working on a lot of short deadlines and things need to be in at a certain time to be published. It just really took me aback being asked that question, I’ve never heard of anyone asking that in this field. I don’t like questions that are basically set ups to be made to look like a liar, same with “biggest weakness” and the like. 

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m also a teacher, and I’ve been in the same position at the same school for the 7 years since I graduated. I student taught in the district I’m in but didn’t have any connections in the school where I was hired. I just applied for everything I was qualified for and this school was my third interview.

Post # 52
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I work for an insurance company that handles privatized Medicaid services. I oversee the training and development portion of the business for claims processing. I was in banking for a long time and a client of mine recommended me to my current company. Best switch I’ve ever made!

Post # 53
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Bumble bee

I’m a Mental Health Therapist for Middle School aged kids.  I got my BA in 2008 and landed my job as a homeless youth case manager 3 months before graduation.  I got my Masters in 2013 and it took 2 years to land my dream therapy job.  I applied, took 3 jobs and left them under a year, and took my current position as an extern for 2 months before being hired.  I originally agreed to a 1 year unpaid externship.  Thank glob they hired me!

Post # 54
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Helper bee

catapple :  I have my own business. I started it because my Darling Husband has his own business he started before he met me and it’s doing very well, I had a good idea for a business for me and he promised to help me set it up! Nepotism at its finest!

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

catapple :  I know, it is extremely frustrating! Even in my current position so much of my hard work goes unnoticed. It sounds like you are working really hard and I hope someone recognizes your efforts soon. ☺️

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My job’s in science…computer science. 😉 

I’m a technical writer for a software company and am currently studying to switch over to being a software developer. I got the job from a recruiter calling me out of the blue. I’ve wanted to work in this field for a while, but after college, all I could find were retail jobs (I have an English degree, but I’m computer language savvy). I got pretty fortunate given I had no prior experience! 

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