(Closed) Do you like your job? Q&A!

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What do you do?

I’m a computer scientist and work for the DoD, specifically Navy IT programs. 

How did you get into it?

My father paid for my college and therefore picked my degree haha! 

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

Depends on the day. I’m highly driven by financial security and while most people would hate their parents for attempting to control their life, I could never thank my father enough. My job is rewarding (I serve the warfighter) and pays excellent. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Study computer science! It is a fascinating field and great for a type A with OCD and attention to detail. Apply for internships! 

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be?

Wedding planning and event design. Interior design. I love pretties. 

Post # 17
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462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

What do you do?

i’m an English teacher at  private high school in tokyo

How did you get into it?

i came over  8 years ago on the JET Program, lived  the countryside for three years and decided to move to Tokyo, got some experience teaching alone in a conversation school then found this job 

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

both

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

be ready for overtime

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? 

 

i had the idea  of starting real pirate encounters, a dinner/l unch cruise where during the meal “pirates” would board and “ransack” the ship, but ally just a show, in the Caribbean. lol

or  star wars theme restaurant 

Post # 18
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530 posts
Busy bee

What do you do? I am the marketing director for an ISP based out of California.

How did you get into it? I studied marketing in college, always knew I wanted to work in marketing and worked to pursue a career in field marketing and events. I got laid off from my old job almost two years ago and I applied to jobs using an outside the box approach which lead to this position. I started as the marketing director’s assistant, but he left the company. Instead of hiring a replacement from outside, they promoted me.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? Some days I love it. I love when I get to travel and meet the customers face to face. I abhor when marketing is put on the back-burner or is seen as less important than other facets of the business and then when things that I have been predicting as a result of lack of prioritizing for weeks/months come to fruition, I enjoy my “told you so” moment. So a little bit of both?

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Be persistent, always be learning new skills, stay up to date on the newest technology such as new CRM systems, email automation, etc. People expect marketers to be multi-taskers. If you don’t know how to write basic code, learn. It will be so valuable to you down the line!

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? I would love to open my own restaurant with an art gallery. I have a concept in mind that I’m actively playing with. A wine tasting place with “homemade” charcuterie where you set your budget and the bartenders and chefs prepare a personalized meal based on what you want to spend based on the selection the restaurant has. And the restaurant would showcase local artists. 

 

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Post # 19
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891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’m an RN.

I originally got into it for the money. That’s actually a terrible reason to become a nurse, but my job has been rewarding in many ways, so I’m glad I decided to do it.

I hated my first nursing job. Loathed it. It was thankless and my coworkers were terrible. I worked that job for 2 years, then switched over to a private surgical hospital. Best decision ever! I enjoy my patient population and I love my new coworkers.

If you’re thinking of becoming and RN, my best advice is to keep your mind open. I immediately went into the specialty I thought I would love, and I hated it. Now I’m in an area that I originally didn’t think I’d care for, but I absolutely love it. You never know until you give something a try.

I honestly wouldn’t want to open my own business 😛 I don’t have the entrepreneurial spirit.

Post # 20
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951 posts
Busy bee

Excited To Bee:  

What do you do? I’m an art historian (the pay is lousy!)

How did you get into it? Combination of interest and an amazing mentor. 

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? Hard to answer. I love the job when I get to do my job. I love reasearch and writing tours, and giving presentations, and working on pop up galleries (that never pay!). I don’t even mind the fundraising aspects. But the function of my current employment is a big step down in responsibility. I hate my current position, but I like my co-workers. I am trying to find a better job. But I wouldn’t say I hate going to work everyday. I just want more responsibility. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Don’t get into this feild. Art Histroy is a great hobby. It’s not a great career. 

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? I’d start my own art based non profit. And I will one day – I’m just not there yet. 

 

Post # 21
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316 posts
Helper bee

What do you do?

I am an account manager for a medical transcription practice.  I do some transcription in addition to managing the account.

How did you get into it?

I had a family friend who owned a company and she allowed me to try it out as a teen.  I excelled at it, completed some terminology courses, and went from there.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

I love it!!  I work from home, make really decent money, and make my own schedule.  However, job security is lacking and the hours just aren’t there to make it as fruitful as it used to be. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Find a different field.  Medical transcription is a dying art.  Please PLEASSSSSSSEEEE do not go to some online school that costs $13,000 because they make transcription sound like it is a growing career field.  It is not. 

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be?

I would open either a doggy daycare or a sancturary for elder dogs that need a home, but are having trouble finding a home because of their age. 

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Post # 22
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247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

What do you do? I work as a premium auditor at an insurance company.

How did you get into it? I have a degree in math and didn’t have any plans after college. I started in insurance because it was the first job I could find and eventually moved to auditing. 

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? I don’t love it or hate it. I am a math oriented person, so it fits me. Some parts are nice, such as having a lot of freedom since I am the only auditor in our department and having my own office. Also, I get to travel if I want to. I hate the commute though because traffic makes it a nightmare to get to work. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? I would recommend it for someone who wants to travel a lot. I used to travel a lot for work, but I decided to change that now that I am getting a bit older. It’s also a career that has a lot of flexibility. You can get a job as a premium auditor with a bachelor’s degree if you study anything from math to communications to business or insurance. Once you get into the insurance field there are more specialized classes to take. 

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? I have always thought it would be super fun to be an event planner. I always love planning parties, and I have loved planning my wedding. 

 

 

Post # 24
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75 posts
Worker bee

 

What do you do?

I am a Research Chemist for a government agency.

How did you get into it?

I was a biology major in undergrad, but actually hated chemistry in college. But I landed my first job after college in a chemistry lab and really enjoyed it. I got my MPH two years ago and landed my drem job.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

I LOVE my job! I get to run experiments daily, have a great work-life balance, great pay, and save people lives all over the world.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Certifications are vital! They help you stand out more in such a competitive field.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? 

I always wanted to own a hair salon.

 

Post # 25
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1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

What do you do?

-I’m a contract senior copywriter for a major hotel chain 

How did you get into it?

-A total fluke. My career goals did a 180 between entering college and graduating. Getting an internship at a fashion blog changed my life and made me realize I love writing and steered me towards my degree in journalism. This is my third job after graduating college in two years. I needed to jump companies as soon as I got the experience I needed to get the salary I wanted.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

-Love, love, love, love it. I miss the fast-paced excitement of writing for social media sometimes, but I love the hours that come with this job. I also love seeing my words on billboards!

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

-Get published by someone that isn’t you. Yes, having your own blog shows that you are working on something, but get someone else to publish you even if it’s not a huge blog or publication. Also, if you’re into marketing/social media reach out to small businesses and offer to do their social media/marketing for cheap to get started and to build your portfolio.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be?

-I would love to paint watercolors and run an eco-friendly-ish lifestyle blog.

 

 

Post # 26
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4539 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What do you do?

I’m the managing editor of a magazine for a large nonprofit.

How did you get into it?

I have a BA in English with an emphasis in publishing and an MA in professional writing and editing. I also did internships and a graduate student job in book publishing and freelanced on the side. I’ve always had a knack and love of writing and language.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

Love it, 99% of the time. There are little elements I don’t like (budget, for example), but I do all the copyediting, which I really enjoy, and I have fun with most of the other parts of the job. My organization is awesome, too.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Get experience! Do internships, freelance, whatever – you can’t just be a good writer or love to read. Oh, and don’t expect to be rich.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be?

Probably a bookstore… with overflowing shelves, comfy chairs, complimentary tea, and a cat or two wandering around. To be perfectly honest, I’d probably still edit on the side – I really am doing my dream job.

 

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Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ll throw mine in there even though I’m not doing it. I FINISHED school for it, no easy task at 225 wpm, but long story short: moved to a different right when I finished and though I had 2 jobs lined up in my original state, no one knew me here and I gave up trying to get a job. REGRET!!

What do you do?

I wanted to be a court reporter.

How did you get into it?

I had already gotten my BA, but was not happy so I researched different careers online and it brought me to court reporting. It’s the perfect fit for me.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

I know I would love it, though I know they have their very stressful days. Lawyers arguing too fast back and forth, people needing rush jobs on transcripts (though that means more money!), sometimes hearing very unsavory testimony

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

BE SURE it’s what you want. The equipment is very, very expensive. There is an extremely high drop out rate because it is so difficult.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be?

Some sort of gift/garden shop. I’d love to be able to make things more. Refurbish furniture, make birdhouses etc. I’ve done those things, but I’m no pro.

 

Post # 28
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5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

What do you do?

I’m a postdoctoral fellow working for the VA. I study traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease. I’m a basic science researcher, I don’t work directly with patients, I run experiments at the bench.

How did you get into it?

I did my BS in neuroscience and my PhD in molecular biology. Doing a postdoctoral fellowship is the next step after getting a PhD for most people in my field. Luckily, I found one in our area because I was not looking to move. Even though I did my PhD work in diabetes, I had a background in neuroscience from undergrad, so it fit.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation?

I love the idea of the science. I love that I get to study something that could help a lot of people, especially veterans. In practice, it isn’t that great. The current state of scientific funding means that there aren’t a lot of people working around here and there aren’t a lot of people in my lab. In fact, most of the time it’s just me and my boss. Quite frankly, it’s lonely and boring. I loved working in my previous lab for my PhD, I had great labmates, they were my best friends and they made the experience great; here, not so much. I also don’t get paid a whole lot considering the amount of schooling I had to go through and the amount of student debt I had to take on to get here.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Look the other way, lol. Seriously though, it’s a long tough road, so you better be passionate about your field of study. You need to start before undergrad. Get into a good science program and do undergraduate research as much as you can. Get into a good PhD program and work hard. Honestly though, if I could go back, I wouldn’t do it. 

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be?

Probably a specialty foods store. I love cooking and I love food.

 

 

Post # 29
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1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

What do you do? I work in the Administrative IT department at a small private college as a Database Analyst

How did you get into it? I studied Management Information Systems for my Bachelor degree. Upon graduation, I had no idea what type of IT career I wanted to pursue, so I applied to a few places in the area I wanted to move to. This was one of the first places I interviewed, and I was offered the job the next day and accepted.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? I don’t LOVE it, but I enjoy it and definitely don’t dislike it. I really enjoy working in higher ed, but I’ve realized that my personality is much different than a lot of my coworkers(don’t get me wrong, I love them all), and it makes it difficult to communicate at times. I plan on looking for something different if my SO ends up moving to a different area and I follow, or I may eventually look into something different within the university if I stay in the area. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Pursue some sort of IT degree – Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, etc. Learn some programming, mainly SQL. Learn database structure and have a general sense of different aspects of technology. Certifications are a big plus in any IT position.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? A bakery! I love baking and I’ve always been really good at it. I just don’t think I could make the money that I do now if I chose to take that kind of risk. 

Post # 30
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

What do you do? I am an engineer for an Aerospace company; primarily function is Material & Process Engineer and Project Engineering for the R&D department.

How did you get into it? I started out as a music major in college but always performed well in math and science. One quarter in, I realized that to maintain the lifestyle my mom made for me (paying for braces, college) and doing the same for my future kids, I needed a steady salary and music would not cut it so I switched majors to Chemical Engineering. Once I graduated, I applied to anything and everything locally in the engineering field (refineries, breweries, make up companies, chemical companies) and got a job with this aerospace company.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? It has its moments since I work for a large corporation (a lot of politics) but I love the people I work with and I am very happy with my current position.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Internships are worth a lot of experience and are often paid. We also offer an employee scholar program, as do most engineering companies, to pay for your degree. So I suggest getting in as an engineering technician or administrative aid and work towards a degree once you have the job.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? A restaurant or brewery would be cool although I would need to hire the right business managers as I know nothing about opening or running a business!

 

 

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