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

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

 

What do you do?

I’m a Geotechnical Engineer at an open pit copper mine. Pretty much means I’m responsible for monitoring the high-walls and dealing with any landslides, rock fall, etc.

How did you get into it?

I originally went into a college to prepare for the oil feilds, but stumbled across a summer internship at my current mine. Fell in love with the work and haven’t thought about a different career since!

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

Both. Love the challenges, but the work can be long. As a salaried position, you aren’t paid for your overtime at all. I’m frequently on call, so there have been many times I have had to come into work in the middle of the night. I love it, too, though.

Any recommendation for someone looking to get in your feild?

A geological engineering degree is a must. And internships, internships, and internships. They help you gain experience, without too much responsibilities, so that you can test the water and see if you like it without committing fully. You also can’t be a quiet person. 🙂 You need to be a little outgoing and not afraid to stand up for what you want.

For fun, if you could open a business, what would it be?

Would love to open a microbrewery! Or become a certified gemologist, and open my own fine jewelry store. 🙂

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

What do you do? I am a controller (basically I manage the accounting team)

How did you get into it? I went to school for accounting, was a bookkeeper for a few years, became an accountant, and was promoted to controller when the controller retired. They were a small company when I started, but they grew to 1200+ employees by the time I left.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? I really enjoy my work, but the company is what makes or breaks the job for me. When I was originally promoted to Controller I was working constantly and a ball of stress. I had high blood pressure and would cry often because I was just so effing miserable. I switched companies and I can honestly say I love my job. I have the challenges I want, but the team here is dependable and I am so supported. My boss thanks me for the work I do and tells me that she appreciates my contributions.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Go to school, but work during school. School is so much more interesting and easy when you are doing the same work in real life, plus this gives you great job history when you graduate. If you want to work for a large corporation, you will need to be a public accountant first and get your CPA license.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? I would probably run a plus size fashion blog or clothing store.

 

Post # 33
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Blushing bee

What do you do? I take emergency calls and and work as a dispatcher for police.

How did you get into it? Honestly, I fell ass backwards into the position. I wasn’t happy with my previous job and saw a posting through the city. I never pictured myself working for police but have already acquired a lot of the abilities necessary for the role, which made me a good fit. The application and interview process was intensive, and ended with a 4 hour long psych test and an interview with a psychologist. 

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? I love the huge learning curve. Every day is different. I can legitimately say there is nothing I haven’t heard and it’s an emotional and adrenaline-infused rollercoaster – from hilarious, to heartwrenching, to terrifying, to mindboggling, and back again. Yes, there’s a lot of stress and huge responsibility and liability, but it’s also an endless source of entertainment. You can’t make up what I’ve heard and seen. Plus it pays very generously.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Don’t consider emergency services unless you know how to look after yourself as well. You need to learn to separate work from home very strictly, and be okay with not even being able to tell your family or friends the majority of what you go through. At least in my department, there is a very large failure rate of applicants going through the hiring process, and even for the few who make it through, statistically half quit during the initial training. They look for someone who is very logical and analytical, quick, detail-oriented, and who illustrates emotional stability and maturity. They want you to be a person who throws themselves into the work like it is a lifestyle, because it’s a 24 hour/365 day service where especially with the constantly rotating shifts you need to treat your body like a machine for the greater good of keeping the city safe. For anyone who fantasizes about working in this field, absolutely go for it. It’s worth trying, even if you find out somewhere along the way that it’s not for you. There’s no shame in admitting that you can’t stomach the horrors or the stress, but if you end up clicking with the job it can be a lot of fun.

(It also helps if you’re left handed…most of my coworkers, for whatever reason, are left handed and I am as well.)

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? My previous aspirations were to work in the arts or as a university professor. Not very realistic, so I have since left them behind. If I were to leave my job I would likely look for a position in non-profit management.

Post # 34
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Honey bee

What do you do? – I work in healthcare (PT accounting, not clinical)

How did you get into it? – I lost my job 5 years ago, and applied for an entry level position in my company. In the 5 years I’ve been there, I have moved from entry level to a supervisor.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? – I love it, 90% of the time.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? – The facility side is where the money is at. Physician side pays less.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? – Either a homeless shelter, some type of business to assist immigrant families, or a drug addiction rehab center.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

What do you do? I work as the Operations Coordinator for one branch of a national REIT; basically, I’m the grease that keeps all the wheels turning. Similar to VP of Operations. 

How did you get into it? I started as the administrative assistant and worked my way up. 10 years later, I’m one of the core staff and I help make decisions that shape our future as a company.

Do you love it or dream of sending in your resignation? I love what I do! I’ve always enjoyed working in the background and making sure that everything functions properly so others can do their jobs. If I won the lottery next week, I’d still work here because I’ve helped build this company and they’ve taken great care of me financially. My boss is awesome and supportive, my assistant is efficient and reliable, and our corporate staff is dedicated and driven. We all help each other out. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get into you field? A degree is a good starting point, but not required. We look for people who can handle different types of tasks and responsibilities. I do everything from managing our fleet of trucks and approving payroll to creating forms and writing new company policies and procedures. Flexibility and teamwork are big. 

For fun, if you could open a business, what would it be? I have no idea! My husband is the entrepreneur, not me. My particular skill is to take someone else’s idea and make it better. On second thought, I’d open a chocolate shop (dark chocolate only!) and hire a chocolatier so I could eat gourmet chocolates whenever I want. Or I’d have a little garden center with cute plants, containers, and outdoor/garden decor. 

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

What do you do? I’m a freelance graphic designer.

How did you get into it? I went to college wanting to be an art therapist at first, but combining my love for art and computers had never really clicked with me until I made it my major just to put something down on my application. The love for it came kind of naturally after that.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? I truly love my job (even most of the boring parts); I love to design and seeing my work printed especially makes me really happy. I will say, however, that getting clients is really stressful and the income can really fluctuate. There will be times when I have more work than I can handle, and then other times when I’m just scraping the bottom of the barrel for work. I’m working really hard on getting better at marketing myself, but I can’t lie and say there aren’t days when I feel like it would be easier just to work for someone else again. And then I realize that I’m at my desk at home wrapped up in a blanket with my puppy in my lap and that no office would probably allow that..

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Strictly my opinion, but for the love of god if you don’t love it DON’T DO IT. Design is an incredibly competitive field and you won’t survive for too long if you don’t have a love for it. I had way too many friends go into design instead of the medium they loved (painting, drawing, etc.) and they were just miserable.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? Already have my own business, but if the design thing never worked out I would love to open a little coffee shop/bakery. I love to bake as a hobby and it gives me great joy to make handemade treats for people.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

What do you do?

Demand Generation Manager (marketing)

How did you get into it?

I was working as a field marketer but was drawn to the demand gen aspects so I sought out education and let my company know I wanted to transition.

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

I love it most of the time, which is partly the actual job and partly the situation (boss/company/etc). 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Marketing: intern while in college! Post-graduation, be open to contract roles. Demand gen: stay up to date on the technology and theory as it’s ever-evolving. Both: never take a “fluffy” role. Quantitatively align yourself with revenue to consistently prove your value (like sales) and increase job growth and security.

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

Novelist. Nice thing is, there’s no time limit on writing so I know I’ll get back into it when I retire or if I decide to be a Stay-At-Home Mom down the road.




Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I have to say one of the best theards!

What do you do? Senor computer technition Apple. I fix computers. Mostly apple.

How did you get into it? I have had a computer since I was 3. Fell into a job with apple when I got sick as a office manager. Just moved up from there.

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? I’m an good at it. I think the job and helping people but hate the political BS that goes with it. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? If you like technology go into servers or senor managment. even programing. More money less hassle. They are always tying to phase out IT. 

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? I would love to have a fram or a large garden. Live off the land. I love to sew and would love to make something nerdy maybe travle with comic book conventions. I also love cats and could see myself as a cat trainer/ whisper. How do you get a job like that lol. 

Post # 39
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143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

What do you do?

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Elementary Teacher in an urban school district.  I teach 1st and 2nd grade refugee students.

How did you get into it?

I discovered that I wanted to teach when I was half-way through my undergrad.  I thought it would be best to finish my BA in Women’s Studies first and get my Masters, since I would have basically needed to start over if I had switched to an education major.  I originally wanted to teach math, but I ended up meeting and helping English Learners at my college.  I thought it was a great opportunity to combine my passion for social justice, multiculturalism, and education.

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

Love it, although I’d love to explore other education jobs one day that would allow me to have an even bigger impact.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Please take classes first.  Just because you speak English, does not know that you know how to teach it.  I thought I would be a great teacher on my own, but every day I sat in an education class, I realized how valuable every thing I learned was.  I would have been an awful teacher, and I don’t think I would have even noticed.

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

An educational company that focus on the language of STEM education with my future husband (future chemical engineer).  I’d also love to start a school one day for refugees.

 

Post # 40
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Helper bee

What do you do?

911 operator/dispatcher

How did you get into it?

I got my BA in criminal justice and realized it’s almost impossible to go anywhere with it today. I originally planned to dispatch for the county as a stepping stone, but I really love my job.

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

I love it. Sometimes the callers can get a little out of hand, but it’s rewarding and I know I’ve made a difference at the end of the day. The only down side is the pay, but with any luck our current negotiations with the union will pull through.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Learn to hold your bladder and get used to eating cold meals or not eating at all! Seriously, sometimes there isn’t even time for ONE bathroom break and dinner consists of a few mouthfuls when you can, between phone calls and radio transmissions.

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

I would LOVE to have my own animal rescue or become a K-9 officer. That would be amazing. 

Post # 41
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346 posts
Helper bee

endplusone:  Absolutely. Very well said! I love working in emergency services and can relate to everything you wrote. 

Post # 42
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Newbee

Mine isn’t quite as interesting as most of these, but what the heck!

 

 

What do you do? I am a chiropractic assistant. 

How did you get into it? I had a personal connection in the office that told me about the opportunity and scheduled me an interview. A vast majority of CA positions don’t require a degree, and about half the ads I’ve seen are willing to train you on the job. 

Do you love it, or dream of sending in your resignation? I do love it actually! My job is essentially to be a people person. I have some other duties like cash handling, patient education, etc. For the most part though I just talk to people all day. It’s hard working with family, which I do. It’s also hard taking money from people that you know don’t have it, which happens a lot because there is very little insurance coverage for chiroractic care. I will say though that I started out at three dollars above minimum and have had a one dollar pay raise over the course of my first year with no prior relevant experience. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field? Most chiropractic offices list on craigslist since they’re generally very small businesses so that’s where to look for opportunities. Since you’re the first person a patient sees upon entering the office, for your interview I would make sure you put your best foot forward appearance wise and go business casual. Make sure to smile and show of your personality, and that’s just about it. If you have no relevant job experience like me, make sure to think of things you did in previous positions that you can use here.

For fun, if you could open a business (anything your heart desires) what would it be? I’m not sure about a business, but my dream is to teach and once Fiance is done with his computer science degree I will begin mine!

 

 

 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

What do you do?

I work in an alterations shop, part-time.

How did you get into it?

I was in the midst of an ever-more depressing job search having finished a temporary contract as a lab assistant last summer, and saw an advert in the window by pure chance, so went in and they asked me to do a test sew the next day, then gave me hours for the next week! It’s at least vaguely related to what I did my degree in a couple of years ago so I felt it was a step in the right direction aside from it finally being paid work. 

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

I’m fairly new still, and hoping it leads somewhere else as I’m really just getting started in my career, but I enjoy it on the whole.

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Nope, none. If anyone has any for me please let me know! Thinking about future employment when you start making life choices at 17 is impossible!

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

I guess a dressmaking business! Or tailoring, I love making suits from scratch, with all the canvassing inside.

 

ETA: I just noticed how many people would be selling cakes or sweets in their dream business! My mum always joked we’d have to set up a bakery when she retired.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  hazelbee.
Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Excited To Bee:  I work nights, but only because it’s what I prefer. I’ve been offered dayshift positions, and that was when I only had about 1.5 years of experience. Many of my nursing classmates got dayshift jobs right out of school.

I work 3 12-hour shifts a week. I work them all back-to-back, then I have anywhere from 3-6 days off inbetween. I love it. It really helps that I love where I work, and I can pick my days about 99% of the time. Occasionally I’ll work a Saturday, and we rotate who works holidays. I don’t mind it, because they keep things fair, and since we’re strictly a surgery hospital, we don’t have many patients on holidays, and there’s a decent chance I’ll get called off anyway 🙂

Some nurses enjoy working in bigger hospitals with erratic schedules, some prefer working in an office setting with normal daytime office hours. My job is kind of in the middle, and I love it. There are always a ton of possibilities when it comes to nursing.

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

What do you do?

Accountant/CPA

How did you get into it?

I graduated with my bachelor’s in business admin in 2008 when the economy tanked and there were no jobs. I had no specific skills which I quickly realized I needed. I was working at a restaurant at the time (worked there through college) so I stayed and picked up full time hours to save up for grad school. I went to a full-time Master’s of Accounting and MBA program and graduated with a guaranteed job at an accounting firm as an Auditor. That was 5 years ago, and since then I got out of audit and into accounting.

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

The company makes it or breaks it. I’ve had several jobs because we move around a lot and in the same position, some jobs were unbearable and some were awesome. My job right now is so-so. 

Any recommendations for someone looking to get in your field?

Most places want you to have your Master’s and your CPA license. They have both been really helpful in getting jobs right away and upping your salary. The way I did it worked well: get your master’s, become a staff auditor at an accounting firm (big 4 is always preferable), get your CPA as soon as you fill your hours requirements (it is the worst, but do it now or you never will!) and have your firm pay for it, then bounce for a job with much better hours.

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

I’m not sure if I would open my own business, but I would be a dietitian. I was originally a nutrition major in college and I changed it. I regret it every day, even though I’m making twice as much as I would as a dietitian. A couple years ago, I tried to get back in it but couldn’t make the schooling work financially (I still have a ton of loans from my accounting master’s). I honestly feel that someday I will be working in nutrition in some capacity.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  MrsLucky91735.

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